DALLAS — Jason Yates, CEO of My Faith Votes (MFV), joined Gov. Mike Huckabee to discuss faith voters on TBN’s “Huckabee” Oct. 20, along with Bishop Harry Jackson.
Gov. Huckabee, who serves as the Honorary National Chairman of My Faith Votes, began the segment by pointing out that 25 million registered faith voters sat out the 2012 election. For perspective, Barack Obama was reelected by roughly 5 million votes, an outcome that could have been very different had more Christians voted, Huckabee implied.
Possibly 50 million Christians who are registered to vote may not participate in the 2018 midterm elections, according to Jason Yates, who said that some “just don’t feel like their vote matters or that their faith should play a role in politics.”
Bishop Harry Jackson, senior pastor of Hope Christian Church in Beltsville, Maryland and a My Faith Votes Influencer, observed that identity politics is another problem. “Many people identify as either black, white or Hispanic first as opposed to identifying foremost as a Christian who happens to be black, white or Hispanic.” He went on to say that Christians should not be “locked into the agenda of politicians and parties, especially those who say ‘black people should be interested in x, y or z.’”
Yates explained that bridging the gap between people of faith and the important duty of participating in elections is why My Faith Votes exists. He said, “we want believers to pray, think about the issues from a biblical worldview, get informed about those issues and then vote from that biblical worldview.”
Religious liberty, support for Israel and pro-life issues ought to drive a Christian’s vote, said Jackson, who declared, “if we thought differently, voted differently, we’d impact this nation differently, and it would be even more the shining beacon of light that it already is.”
Huckabee made the bold statement that if Christian voters would actually turn out in record numbers they would control the outcome of “virtually every election.”
Races for U.S. Senate and House get highly publicized attention, yet there are nearly 70,000 elections taking place across the country on November 6. These marquee elections are truly important, Yates said, but he encouraged the audience to consider the thousands of down-ballot races and “think about the impact we (Christians) could have if we just go and vote in our local elections.”
My Faith Votes is a nonpartisan movement focused on motivating Christians in America to participate in local and domestic elections. By partnering with local churches, pastors and national faith leaders, My Faith Votes mobilizes and resources Christians to lead the conversation on the place of faith in culture and politics. Gov. Mike Huckabee serves as the organization’s honorary national chairman.