Elections and Evangelism

I voted

Do you invite others to vote more than you invite them to Jesus? That is a serious question.

This election season I have seen a lot of individuals voicing their opinion on who to vote for. I have chimed in myself on certain issues. We have been asked to vote for men with integrity, honor, character, and so on. I have seen it said in local and state elections that a vote for a democrat is a vote for abortion, and that republicans hate the poor. I know Christians who have knocked on doors for a candidate, made phone calls for a candidate, passed out tracts for a candidate, pleaded for friends to vote for a candidate, and passionately defended their candidate on social media. Will we do the same for Jesus? Will you knock on doors, make calls, plead for friends and strangers to just listen to the Gospel, and defend Him? Has getting our favorite politician elected become more important than the spread of the Gospel for Christians? I pray that’s not true, I fear that for many it is. Voting is important and I am glad that people care. Every Christian I believe should take time to vote, and urge others to vote as well. I also think Christians should daily proclaim the name of Jesus, and urge others to do that also.

Over 90% of active church members (as high as 98%) will never share their faith with another person. They may share a verse on twitter, say they are a Christian on Facebook, or even mention it to a coworker. Still, they will not sit down and share the most important message they have ever heard with someone who does not know it to be true. The reality is that no sharing our faith is sin. Matthew 28 Christ commands, not suggest, that we go and tell others about Him. We are to go, disciple, baptize, and teach. Non-optional, failure to do so is disobedience to a Holy God that has sent us on mission.

In Romans 1 Paul tells us that all men have knowledge of God and are without excuse. Meaning that many will be born, live, and die without hearing the Gospel. That person will go to Hell. Scores of people in the over 3,000 unreached people groups (and 3,000 unreached and unengaged people groups) will never hear the Gospel because we are failing to tell someone about Jesus. Many Americans will tell you that if you are a Christian you will vote for a certain political party, and they will help a politician get elected. Volunteering money, time, and talents. Sacrificing so much for a campaign, but will they do the same so someone can finally hear the Gospel? Will you knock on a door, give out a tract, call someone, invite a stranger to church, and so on for the glory of God and spread of His kingdom? If we spend more time, money, and resources doing that for a campaign than the Gospel then we have declared what is most important.

So my prayer is this: if you are christian who spent anytime knocking on doors, making phone calls, urging people to vote, posting on social media about the election, and passionately shared your views with all who would listen. I pray you will do the same ten-fold for the name of Jesus. It’s an infinitely more important that message to be shared. Serve Jesus more than any candidate. Tell more about Jesus than you do about any candidate. Love Jesus more than the GOP, the Democrats, the Libertarians, and more than America. May it be abundantly clear in all our lives in the way we spend our money, time, and talents what and who the most important things is to us.

The questions I have been asking myself lately is am I sacrificing things for God, or sacrificing God for things? I hope you will ask yourself that question as well. May we push each towards righteousness, exhort one another, rebuke in love, and glorify God as we reach the nations with the most important message we could ever tell anyone.

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