Duty of Christians to God and Country

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“[T]he time has come that Christians must vote for honest men, and take consistent ground in politics, or the Lord will curse them.  They must be honest men themselves, and instead of voting for a man because he belongs to their party, Bank or Anti-Bank, Jackson, or Anti-Jackson, they must find out whether he is honest and upright, and fit to be trusted…Such is the spread of intelligence and the facility of communication in our country, that every man can know for whom he gives his vote.  And if he will give his vote only for honest men, the country will be obliged to have upright rulers.  All parties will be compelled to put up honest men as candidates.  Christians have been exceedingly guilty in this matter.  But the time has come when they must act differently, or God will curse the nation, and withdraw his spirit.  As on the subject of slavery and temperance, so on this subject, the church must act right or the country will be ruined.  God cannot sustain this free and blessed country, which we love and pray for, unless the church will take right ground.  Politics are a part of religion in such a country as this, and Christians must do their duty to the country as a part of their duty to God.  It seems sometimes as if the foundations of the nation were becoming rotten, and Christians seem to act as if they thought God did not see what they do in politics.  But I tell you, he does see it, and he will bless or curse this nation, according to the course they take.”

– Charles Finney (August 29, 1792 – August 16, 1875)
from Lectures on Revivals of Religion

 

 

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