COLUMBUS, Ga. – Evangelical Christians, those who identify themselves as being born again represent a large voting bloc. According to the Pew Research Center, the group represents as high as one-third of registered voters. How do pastors of evangelical Christians view their role in the election process, since their opinion could certainly influence the way their congregation votes?
“My role is to get people to vote, to try to set the issues up for them on the table, and remind them especially in this election that we’re not voting for a pastor, we’re voting for a leader, ” said David Jeremiah.
David Jeremiah pastors a large church in San Diego, California. He’s also heard worldwide on radio and television through his Turning Point Ministry. He was recently in Columbus speaking at the RiverCenter during an event to honor Israel. News 3 spoke to Dr. Jeremiah in an exclusive interview about the upcoming election. He said Christians can’t stay home.
“I’m just trying to get people to realize that one of the ways we stand up as Christians is simply by voting. And I cite this statistic that the last election cycle 35 million evangelicals who were registered did not vote,” said Jeremiah.
Jay Bailey pastors Solid Rock Assembly of God Church in Columbus. He, too, is concerned about Christian complacency.
“I think part of America’s problem is that Christian people have disengaged. We have pulled back and we have left a vacuum in morality. We’ve left a vacuum in leadership,” said Jay Bailey.
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