Spiritual leader Franklin Graham is encouraging pastors and everyday Christians to jump into politics “before it’s too late” to fight a growing wave of political correctness.
In a Facebook post, he praised some 200 pastors that have already decided to run for office, part of a national effort led by David Lane’s American Renewal Project. Graham said he hopes that is just the beginning.
“The time for Christians to be sitting on the sidelines is over,” wrote Graham, who has continued the missionary work of his father, Billy Graham, the “Pastor to Presidents.“
Quoting a local official involved in the debate over letting transgendered school children using their bathroom of choice, he wrote, “Do you think that if people on your deacon board or pastoral board were serving on the school board that you would be discussing same-sex bathrooms?”
Lane told Secrets Saturday that his effort continues to gain steam because Evangelical leaders see politics threatening their values.
“As we recruit, train and organize to place conservative, principled Biblical-based leaders in public office, Christians can no longer sit in the bleachers. America’s survival depends on it, for virtue is a key component of freedom. We must organize locally and win from the bottom-up instead of the top-down. Christians must begin to win incrementally by taking on small races that are more psychologically winnable,” said Lane.
“The next generation of Christians in America will be left to suffer the consequences of our inaction and un-involvement in the public square, for someone’s values are going to reign supreme,” he added.
Lane recently sent a memo to 100,000 pastors urging more to run for office and encourage churchgoers to vote. In it he said, “Here is the good news, with just a small increase in voter turnout at the voting booth for the estimated 65M-80M Evangelical constituency, the political landscape can be changed dramatically-overnight.”
Below is Graham’s full post, first reported by Charisma News:
Do pastors belong in politics? Absolutely—if God leads them to be. I’m thankful for these 200 pastors who are getting involved in making a difference in their communities, their states, and the nation—and they’re encouraging their congregations to do the same, before it’s too late. As Godspeak Calvary Chapel Thousand Oaks’s Rob McCoy says “You can change the city council. You can change the school board. You can make a difference right where you are. You can affect your schools…” He’s right—the time for Christians to be sitting on the sidelines is over! One state representative said, “Do you think that if people on your deacon board or pastoral board were serving on the school board that you would be discussing same-sex bathrooms?” Think about it. The Bible says, “If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?” (Psalm 11:3) McCoy answered that question—”Rebuild the foundation!” We need Christians running for office at all levels—local, state, and national. Where could God be leading you to serve?