Sunday, September 30, 2012

Time to Pray - #4257 - 'Stand With Us' - Thousands Gather in Prayer at Philadelphia "America for Jesus' Rally - The Blaze (2) 30 Million Christians Aren't Registered/Don't Vote - Baptist Press


'Stand With Us' - Thousands Father in Prayer at Philadelphia 'America for Jesus' Rally - The Blaze - Thousands of Christians gathered Saturday on Independence Mall in Philadelphia to pray for the future of the United States in the weeks before the upcoming presidential election. Religious broadcaster Pat Robertson and Family Research Council president Tony Perkins topped a full day of speakers at “The America for Jesus 2012” prayer rally. Robertson, a former Republican candidate for president, called the election important, but didn’t mention either major political party or candidate by name. “I don’t care what the ACLU says, or any atheists say. This nation belongs to Jesus, and we’re here today to reclaim His sovereignty,” said Robertson, 82, who founded the Christian Coalition and Christian Broadcasting Network, and ran for president in 1988. Organizers plan another prayer rally Oct. 20 in Washington, D.C., two weeks before President Barack Obama faces Republican Mitt Romney in the presidential election. Perkins asked the crowd to pray for elected officials, including Obama. “We pray that his eyes will be open to the truth,” Perkins said.  Read more.........

30 Million Christians Aren't Registered/Don't Vote - Baptist Press -  Voter registration deadlines are approaching, with a few swing states setting the limit at Oct. 9, and pro-family groups are emphasizing the need for Christians to participate in the upcoming election. " We cannot win the public debate over the critical issues of faith, family and freedom if like-minded Americans stay home on Election Day."Champion the Vote estimates that out of 60 million Christians in the United States, only 30 million of them vote in any given election or are even registered to vote. To register, click here. For a list of voter registration deadlines in all 50 states, click here. "With most elections being decided by smaller and smaller margins, we cannot win the public debate over the critical issues of faith, family and freedom if like-minded Americans stay home on Election Day," the Family Research Council said on ivotevalues.org. Meeting the challenges facing the nation will require a greater level of commitment from believers than has been necessary in generations, FRC said in explaining the importance of its get-out-the-vote effort. "Politics is not a hobby like scrapbooking. Getting involved should not be an option. Politics, whether we like it or not, affects every area of our lives," columnist Sudi Kate Gliebe, cofounder of Patriots' Campaign Ministry, wrote for Baptist Press Sept. 21. "... 'We the people' means that all of us are responsible to preserve our republic." Read the first story in a series, 'Election 2012: Obama & Romney on abortion,' here.Voter registration deadlines for key states in the upcoming presidential election, according to FRC, are as follows: Colorado: Oct. 9; Florida: Oct. 9; Iowa: Oct. 26; Nevada: Oct. 16; New Hampshire: Oct. 27; North Carolina: Oct. 12; Ohio: Oct. 9; Virginia: Oct. 15; and Wisconsin: Oct. 17. While it is imperative for eligible voters in those states to make their convictions known, the iVoteValues effort is urging every eligible U.S. citizen to register and vote, no matter where they live. FRC also is urging concerned citizens to help others register to vote by connecting with pastors and churches in their area and asking them to host a voter registration event and by contacting unregistered people in their area and encouraging them to be sure they're ready to vote in November. Election Day is Nov. 6.

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