I used to have a Political Science professor at college who drove me nuts with this misquote: “You shall know the truth and the truth shall make you sick.” I tried to enlighten him, but he knew what he was doing.
He loved provoking us with insight into politics as we did not know it.
So here is a quote from an interview with a well known Dallas Pastor, Robert Jeffress. I met him doing TBN a while back.
HERE IS SOME UNPLEASANT TRUTH
“There are anywhere from 50 to 80 million evangelical Christians in America. Only one-HALF of those Christians are registered to vote. And of the one-half who are registered to vote, only HALF of those voted in the last election. And if Christians would understand that we have a biblical mandate to stand up for righteousness and to push back against unrighteousness, we could CHANGE THE DIRECTION of this country OVERNIGHT.”
Commentator asks: “What is the proper role of a pastor in politics?”
Jeffress: “I think that pastors, first of all, ought to be involved in politics. The word politics comes from a word that means to govern, to control or to influence. And when a person says that a pastor shouldn’t be involved in politics, what he’s saying is a pastor should not be involved in trying to influence the culture in which he lives.”
“Jesus called us to be salt in this world – to be influencers. And for salt to influence meat it has to penetrate the meat. In the same way, I believe, pastors need to encourage their members to vote and to remind them, every time they go into the voting booth, they’re either casting a vote for righteousness or unrighteousness.”
“I don’t think that pastors ought to be partisan. I am neither Republican nor Democrat. I am a Christian who is going to vote biblical values, not party values. And I think pastors need to preach about issues and not personalities.”
Lance: I find this data distressing.
Do me a favor and register to vote. This matters, ’cause in the end your conscience is clear if you PRAY AND ACT for what’s right – EVEN if your candidate does not win.
About that scripture: “You shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.” This implies something – it isn’t the TRUTH that sets you free…it’s the truth YOU KNOW that sets you free.
Half registered to vote, and half of them actually vote. Amazing.