Former Republican presidential hopeful Ben Carson and actor-producer Kirk Cameron have urged Christians to vote as the upcoming elections draw closer.
The unlikely duo appeared on a live tele-forum event organized by My Faith Votes held on Carson’s living room Tuesday and strongly urged Christian voters to exercise their political rights.
The 64-year-old retired neurosurgeon noted that about 25 million religious people didn’t take to the polling booths in the recent election. Carson warned that skipping the political exercise still had its own consequences.
“When you don’t vote, you’re voting,” Carson said, according to The Christian Post.
He argued that “Judeo-Christian principles were right there as our country was founded” and stressed that God gave people a brain and reasoning ability in order to get involved in politics.
So, he implored Christians to pray that “the eyes of the people will open and they’ll recognize that there was a reason God gave them a tremendous reasoning ability, so that we can analyze things for ourselves.”
Carson also made the same argument repeatedly raised by prominent evangelical leaders on why this presidential election is so important. He reminded viewers that the upcoming election is not simply about the race between Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and Republican presidential contender Donald Trump but about how the court system is going to be shaped for the coming generations.
Megachurch Pastor David Jeremiah slammed the Supreme Court Justices as even more powerful than kings and dictators because they wielded power far greater and for a lifetime.
“For this election is no longer about Republicans or Democrats — it’s about Americans,” Pastor Jeremiah told his congregation of Shadow Mountain Community Church in El Cajon, California. “It’s about the ability to retain the freedom we are here today to celebrate.”
In the same way, Carson urged Christian voters to think of their children and grandchildren.
“Our future is in our own hands,” stressed Carson. “We have to stand up for what we believe.”
Cameron chimed in to remind fellow Christians that the Bible talked about how a nation ruled by the righteous made its people happy while one ruled by the wicked made its people perish.