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    Jun 22, 2000
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    The pivotal 2004 presidential election is now less than four weeks away. I wanted to take this opportunity to encourage readers of this column, particularly pastors, to enter this season with a spirit of earnest prayer, seeking God’s will in the elections and for our nation.

    Paul, writing in his first epistle to Timothy, described the great importance of Christians to be in continual prayer for all men, especially their leaders.

    “Therefore, I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence (I Timothy 2:1,2).

    These wise words hold much truth. Paul is describing not only ways in which we can better our society, but is elaborating on what will also build up the church.

    The New Faith Partner Study Bible states, “The idea of praying for kings has a twofold emphasis. First, it is a specific way to pray for all men, because the actions of a king affect society as a whole. Second, it reminds believers that God is the ultimate Sovereign. He is in control, and our prayers affect decisions at the highest level.”

    It is a humbling thought to consider that our prayers can influence God and, ultimately, the world in which we live. This should encourage all believers to seriously enter into a stage of concentrated prayer regarding the approaching election and how the results will impact our lives and our ministries.

    Pastors, I implore you to encourage your congregations to commit to specific prayer regarding the November 2 presidential and national elections. Urge your members to beseech God to bless us with a wealth of pro-life, pro-traditional family political leaders who understand, like our Founders, the importance of depending on the Almighty.

    During the terribly hot summer of 1787, delegates to the Constitutional Convention debated on the issue of state representation. Following days of windy orations from others, Benjamin Franklin rose to address the assembly. He utilized the occasion to remind his fellow patriots of how the young nation needed to continue relying on God in the pursuit of freedom.

    The wise Franklin reminisced how the Convention had prayed for God’s safeguard during the war with England and how those prayers had been wonderfully answered. It was then that he made this now famous and shrewd observation:

    “I have lived, Sir, a long time and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth; that God governs in the affairs of men. If a sparrow cannot fall to the ground unseen by him, is it possible that an empire could arise without his aid?”

    Mr. Franklin may not have been an evangelical Christian, but he unquestionably understood the importance of reliance on God in the important quest to form this nation.

    His words should continue to inspire us. We must continue to pray that God govern in the affairs of our leaders, even though such entreaties are often scoffed at by our secular critics.

    My friend, Robert D. Gorham Jr., a businessman from Rocky Mount, N.C., has come up with a great idea that serves to remind Christians of their voting responsibility. He has developed a “Contract to Vote,” that can be used by pastors across the nation to provoke power at the polls on November 2.

    I encourage all of my friends to visit the website ( . ). Anyone and everyone may print the contract, sign it as a pledge to vote, and then post it in a prominent place to (1) remind them to pray for our nation, our leaders and the election, and (2) go to the polls on November 2 to vote for pro-life, pro-traditional values candidates.

    Pastors, print off the contracts and distribute them at church, if you wish. Include them in church bulletins, as well. Utilize them in any way to encourage your parishioners to vote. I see this as a terrific tool to help us get out the vote so that we are well represented on November 2.

    In the meantime, please join me in praying, as Paul encouraged us, for our nation, for our leaders and for this critical election.
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    Date: October 20, 2004
    From: Jerry Falwell


    The November 2 elections are at our national doorstep with most Americans resolved to go to the polls to cast their votes in the tradition of America.

    Pretty simple, right?

    Not so fast.

    A colossal storm cloud is gathering over this election in the form of potential voter fraud.

    How is this any of my business? Well, for months now, a host of evangelical leaders — including me — have been steering a massive drive to enlist church-going voters who will go to the polls to “vote Christian” on November 2. We have a significant stake in this election and we have worked diligently and lawfully to propel pro-life, pro-traditional family lawmakers into office.

    What a shame it would be if duplicitous party organizers were to succeed in throwing this election to undeserving candidates, thereby eradicating the hard work we have done to recruit and enroll legitimate voters.

    A Washington Times article this week summed up the concerns:

    “A coalition of liberal groups committed to defeating President Bush has spent more than $100 million orchestrating the largest voter-registration drive in U.S. history, raising concerns of widespread voter fraud in 14 battleground

    “At the same time, Democratic Party officials are gearing up to challenge unfavorable Election Day results in a number of states through ‘pre-emptive strikes,’ charging that Republicans prevented minorities from voting even before any such incidents are confirmed.”

    Get it? Republicans don’t want black people to vote. It’s a tired old horse, but the Democrats are committed to riding it to death.

    Thankfully, at least some of the scams are being addressed.

    In Colorado, a judge has upheld a rule that voters must show identification before voting. This is a completely logical ruling, but it is one opposed by the left. In addition, the Florida Supreme Court has ruled that people casting provisional ballots in the wrong places are not entitled to have their votes counted. Again, the left has charged that this rule — and here’s that imposing word again — disenfranchises voters.

    But Colorado could still be the site of major problems. You see, the Democratic National Committee’s Colorado Election Day Manual has instructed state voters to initiate a “pre-emptive strike” by charging that voters faced intimidation tactics, even if proof of such tactics are non-existent.

    This is the very picture of desperation politics.

    Denver Post columnist David Harsanyi said this week: “Long ago, the DNC decided it was in its best interests to revive the urban myth of 2000’s disenfranchisement in Florida. This despite an exhaustive investigation by the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, led by a Democrat, that uncovered no evidence of voter intimidation, or voter harassment, or intentional or systematic disenfranchisement of black voters.”

    These are dangerous fun and games from the Democrats. They are so consumed with a Kerry victory (or possibly more so by a Bush loss) that they are willing to do anything to win, or even to simply prolong the election to taint a second Bush term.

    In Ohio, a man was arrested this week after allegedly filling out 124 voter registration forms in exchange for a payment of crack cocaine.

    When you consider the hatred for President Bush by the left, it’s really not that hard to believe that trading cocaine for votes might actually happen.

    Here’s more: America’s 1st Freedom magazine reported that new federal regulations will allow felons, fugitives, even foreign nationals to vote, with their votes subject only to post-election review by local authorities. And who will hold these local authorities accountable? Have you heard about John Kerry’s 30,000-member horde of lawyers who will be monitoring polling in the battleground states?

    The presence of the Kerry lawyer brigade should make us all rest easier, huh?
    The publication noted: “So if you thought waiting for the outcome of the 2000 elections was like Chinese water torture, wait until John Kerry, John Edwards and their contingency-fee trial-attorney backers sink their teeth into the prospect of grabbing 3 to 6 million provisional votes.”

    So what’s it all boil down to?

    Well, it’s obvious that there is treachery afoot. We must all be on the alert for potential voter fraud and report anything out of order we witness at the polls or elsewhere.

    More importantly, it behooves Christians to be in heartfelt prayer for our nation. Clearly, many people have placed their own interests above our national interests in this election.

    But the Bible teaches us that God honors those nations that honor Him, so we must be about the Father’s business.

    Please join me in praying that those who wish to ravage our elections will be exposed for who they really are. And join me in praying that our nation will be blessed to have many honorable men and women — be they Republican, Democrat or Independent — elected to office on November 2.

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