Sound like a funny title?
I'm not trying to be facetious, but it is important to
consider something in this election -- and virtually every national
presidential race since 1976. It is important to take into consideration the
sincere, genuine intercession and prayers of God's people when judging the
outcome of an election.
Pollsters (and I know a few of them) do their best to take
a statistical sampling of people's opinions and intentions, and come up with
something that reasonably approximates a current view of where the electorate
Some pollsters, of course, do everything they can to keep
political agendas out of the way when doing their sampling. Others -- and
often ones we hear quoted in the mainstream media -- are heavily tilted to
reflect a particular viewpoint and agenda. I'd like to take some time
today to cite a few statistics you may not be aware of that span the past 30+
years, and to show you why the overwhelming majority of national polls have
missed their projections so drastically.
Now! That said, Gooooooodddd
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Not long after I lost my race for the U.S. House of
Representatives in 2004, I met a pollster whose name you likely wouldn't recognize,
although he works behind the scenes on both sides of the political aisle.
His techniques and sampling methods were a bit different than most of those we
commonly hear about, such as for instance, Zogby,
Gallup or Rasmussen. As we talked about the polling process, I mentioned
to him the great disparity between the actual outcome of the Presidential races
and the numbers the pollsters had quoted on either the day before or the actual
day of the election.
Because Gabe was also a believer
in Jesus Christ, we discussed the impact that Christians have on the outcome of
elections by taking the responsibility the apostle Paul commands (in I Timothy
2:1-3) through prayer and intercession. Gabe
was quick to remind me of the outcomes in many elections that pollsters simply
couldn't gauge where God's people had been alerted to political agendas
contrary to God's Word. When their intercession was real, concerted, and
in agreement with the heart of the Lord Jesus Christ, the outcomes were
dramatically different than pollsters predicted.
In 1976 just days before the election, most polls showed a
ten-to-twelve point difference between the candidates, and some pollsters had
Jimmy Carter leading Gerald Ford by as much as 30 percentage points. In
fact, Jimmy Carter barely won the election, and he won by a single percentage
point. (I've had to apologize to my fellow-believers many times since --
and a few of them have mercilessly though humorously harassed me -- for voting
for Carter. I was, unfortunately, not among those who were praying and
interceding over that election.)
1980 was a different matter. Ronald Reagan won
easily, and although there were many Christians who misjudged him at the time,
believing there was a better "Christian" candidate, he went down in
history as one of the greatest presidents
Believers were lulled into passivity during the Reagan
years. George H.W. Bush won easily in 1988 by virtue of being Reagan's
Vice President. Following the first Gulf War in 1991, for a time he held
an 81% approval rating. Then he went back on a promise to never raise
taxes in order to balance the budget because of the high cost of the Gulf
War. Never mind the fact that the country bailed on GHWB, Christians
began calling him "The Antichrist." Despite the efforts of
many leaders throughout the body of Christ to rally prayer for him, there was
such division among Christians and particularly among Evangelicals that many
were praying against his reelection.
With such division among Christians, I remarked to Della
one day that God was going to permit Bill Clinton to be elected as judgment for
those who spoke evil of Bush senior, and that believers would soon rue the day
they helped to elect him. It was an accurate prophecy. Understand
that the issue wasn't that folks were just speaking evil of GHWB, they were
dishonoring the position and the office God had given.
Christians felt they had little to stand behind with Dole
in 1996 and despite a grim record on issues of concern to believers,
2000 was a different matter. Eighteen months before
the 2000 elections, the Lord spoke to Bob Jones (whom many of us know as one of
the most accurate prophets of modern times) and told him He was going to raise
up "a burning Bush" to lead this nation. It was a humorous
metaphor, but an accurate word. Not long thereafter, Bob received another
word from the Lord. This time the Lord told him that if God's people
would pray and intercede over the presidential elections, He would give
Some months before Texas Governor George W. Bush decided
to throw his hat into the presidential ring, his pastor and several other Holy
Spirit-filled people laid hands on him and began to pray. As they were praying,
one of them began to prophesy that God had anointed him and commissioned him to
become President, and that if he would remain humble before the Lord, God would
ensure his presidency and protect him throughout.
Word of this began to spread slowly throughout the body of
Christ, and Christians everywhere began to mobilize in prayer over the nation
in ways never before seen in
Meanwhile Al Gore was the darling of the mainstream media,
and the odds easily favored him as Bill Clinton's VP. As is usual with
pre-election polls, the numbers varied widely throughout the campaigns,
swinging wildly as the weeks progressed. On election
day, most of the polls were favoring Al Gore by an average of four to
six percentage points, and a few had him leading by even greater numbers.
I'll have to admit to a certain
uneasiness as the election returns were being counted, but I kept reminding
myself (and Della) of what God had said. George Bush was God's choice and
His anointed to lead this nation -- not Al Gore. We simply had to stand
on that Word.
Despite a massive effort to overturn the election results
-- and many of you easily remember the
With the help of a very "in the tank" media,
John Kerry mounted a tough campaign to oust George Bush in 2004. The
mainstream media had done a first-rate job of convincing Americans that GWB had
gone to war in
During my run for the House of Representatives, I was
privileged to meet the Assistant Secretary of Defense during a time when he was
negotiating with Bashar Assad
and the Syrian government for the return of Saddam's
Once again, Christians had a clear choice. There
simply was no contest. John Kerry was espousing positions no
Bible-believing, Holy Spirit-walking Christian could possibly support.
Were he to be elected, it would be the undoing of what progress George Bush had
made in his first four years. Christians began to rally nation-wide in
prayer and intercession. If 2000 had been a watershed in Christians
praying and interceding, it paled next to the efforts mobilized by leaders in
the body of Christ in 2004.
Pollsters simply couldn't take that intercession into
account in their polling. For weeks prior to the election, Bush trailed
Kerry by varying percentages. On election day
once again most polls showed Kerry leading by some four-to-six percentage
points, and a couple of polls had Kerry beating Bush by 12. When the
votes were counted, there were some very puzzled pollsters who simply could not
figure out how they missed it so badly. George Bush won by the largest
actual plurality of votes in electoral history, and just shy
of five percentage points. It was a shocker that stunned even the most
seasoned and theoretically most accurate of those who made their living by
projecting election outcomes
Enter the 2008 presidential race. A very likeable
and outgoing personality, Barack Obama
has the ability to mesmerize his audiences with his speeches. Few
candidates for the office of the presidency have had his ability to communicate
so effectively with audiences.
There's just one problem. Christians might overlook
the fact that he has never led anything in his life, never served in an
executive position, and has a zero track record to back up what he says.
They might even overlook the fact that out of 120 votes cast in the
The recent California Supreme Court decision that
legalized homosexual marriage evoked a letter from Obama
to the Gay and Lesbian Alliance which stated in part, "As president, I
will stand behind gays and the effort to normalize their acceptance in
society. I will also work to overturn the Federal Marriage Amendment
banning gay marriage."
When asked a few weeks ago by author and pastor, Rick
Warren, "When do you believe that life begins?" Obama
answered, "....uhhh...well....I'm afraid that's
above my pay grade." He has made it clear otherwise that he supports
abortion on demand, and that he would seek to legalize partial-birth abortion.
A few months ago he made a trip to the middle
east. One one day in particular, he
stood up for a photo-op in front of several hundred spent rocket casings that
had been fired by Hamas and Hezbollah against
It matters not that he might have all the answers to the
current economic crisis. It matters not that he might have the right
answers to dealing with issues of war and peace. No matter how a
candidate stands on these issues, if he or she supports the wholesale murder of
unborn children (more than 50,000 deaths of babies since Roe v. Wade) under the
mythical premise of "a woman's choice," no believing Christian can
support that candidate without himself/herself suffering grave spiritual
consequences for their tacit support of sin.
The Bible is abundantly clear in many, many passages that
homosexual or lesbian behavior is plain, simple sin in God's eyes. For
any candidate to support this kind of wanton and deviant behavior means that no
Christian who walks in a love-relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ can be in
support or vote for them without themselves suffering the consequences of their
support for sin.
Let's make something clear. I am neither pro-Obama nor anti-Obama. I
actually kind of like the guy, but I am anti-sin. What that means is that
when someone actively supports and promotes sin -- anything which opposes and
exalts itself above the knowledge of God -- I cannot stand in agreement with
them, support them, or promote them to leadership over this nation.
Because Barack Obama has
chosen a course of action and support for activities which clearly oppose the
things of God, I cannot give him my support. If I do, I come under the
same judgment of sin that he promotes. It is extremely clear.
Let's back up a bit. It was about a year ago that
the Lord spoke to me and told me that this election was going to have many
surprises, that there would be some stunning events surrounding the campaigns,
and finally, that the outcome of this election would be very different than the
pollsters and pundits predicted.
It seems like it was roughly that same time that Lou Engle
(associated with Mike Bickle and the International
House of Prayer in
There's a spiritual principle here, folks, and it is
revealed in a couple of scriptures. In Matthew 18:18-20, Jesus
says, "Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven:
and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. Again I say
unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as
touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father
which is in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in my
name, there am I in the midst of them."
Then in John's first epistle, he writes, "And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if
we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth
us: And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the
petitions that we desired of him." (I
What about it? When thousands gather together in
agreement as to God's purposes, do you not think God hears and honors?
And if they are asking according to His will, do you not think God is going to
show up on the scene and answer accordingly? I promise you that He will!
Now. To the polls. As I write
this with three weeks to go, Zogby shows Obama leading McCain by 1.9 percentage points.
With three weeks to go, if Christians will stay focused
and continue in agreement we will see an election outcome in accordance with
the Word and the Will of God. We will see a righteous and honorable
president and vice-president who have integrity, who will listen to wise and
Godly counsel and direct the affairs of this nation accordingly. Once
again, the pollsters will be scratching their heads and trying to figure out
what they did wrong.
The economy of this nation is not yet at stake despite the
wild ups and downs in the financial markets. There is a shaking going on
to be sure, and it will continue.
How God's people vote in this election is absolutely
critical! I believe we will be held accountable before the Lord for our
choices. If we vote based on emotion and anger over our perception of
current events and support a candidate who promises (and has a supporting track
record) to expand abortion rights and legalize (and expand) homosexual
marriages, we will place ourselves on the wrong side of God's Word and be held
If we vote with an ear to what the Holy Spirit is saying
and support a candidate who otherwise has flaws and takes political positions
we disagree with, but otherwise stands for uprightness and righteousness as far
as God's Word is concerned, we will see the favor of the Lord.
"Let the pulpit resound with the doctrine and
sentiments of religious liberty. Let us hear of the dignity of man's nature,
and the noble rank he holds among the works of God... Let it be known that
British liberties are not the grants of princes and parliaments." -- John Adams (Dissertation on the Canon & Feudal Law, 1765)
"Liberty cannot be preserved without a general
knowledge among the people, who have a right, from the frame of their nature,
to knowledge, as their great Creator, who does nothing in vain, has given them
understandings, and a desire to know; but besides this they have a right, an
indisputable, unalienable, indefeasible, divine right to that most dreaded and
envied kind of knowledge; I mean, of the characters and conduct of their
rulers." selecting men for office, let principle be your guide.
Regard not the particular sect or denomination of the candidate—look to his
character." -- John Adams (Dissertation on the Canon
& Feudal Law, 1765)
The Blessing of the Lord: it makes rich and He adds no
painful toil and sorrow! (Proverbs
10:22) Be blessed!
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