Pastor to Pastor Letter

Dear Pastor and Church Leaders,

As faith leaders, we are called to proclaim the whole counsel of God (Acts 20:27) and the truth about His attributes, His will, His works, and His way of salvation. We are to teach believers not only to know the truth but to live it as salt and light in this culture according to Matthew 5:13. Twice a year Christian citizens across this country have the opportunity/privilege to elect leaders who more closely align with their biblical values.

We agree with the following statements and recommend WeBelieveWeVote.com as an excellent resource for voters in our congregations. Please look at their Evaluation Process, Evaluation Criteria, and Core Beliefs. If you agree, please let Peggy Paullin, WBWV Director [509-868-5890; Peggy@WeBelieveWeVote.com], know and she will add your name to the list of pastors who are encouraging their congregations to use the voter resources at WeBelieveWeVote.com.

Suggested bulletin announcement:

“It is our privilege and duty as Christians to vote in local elections. As your pastor, I am not endorsing any candidates, but I recommend www.WeBelieveWeVote.com as a website with a number of non-partisan resources available for your review.” [Pastor’s name]

Join the Mailing List on the website to receive the Voter Recommendation by email so you can forward to your personal contacts as a private citizen.

Together for Christ and Community,

Pastors from Diverse Congregations (see list below)

“God who gave us life gave us liberty. And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are a gift from God?” [1781, Jefferson’s Notes on the State of Virginia, Query XVIII]

“The church must take right ground in regards to politics….The time has come for Christians to vote for honest men, and take consistent ground in politics or the Lord will curse them…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 a religion in such a country as this, and Christians must do their duty to their country as a part of their duty to God… God will bless or curse this nation according to the course Christians take in politics.” Charles Finney in America’s God and Country by William J. Federer

Pastors encourage their congregations to vote for good reasons.

God Instituted Civil Government and Purposed it to…

  • Provide social order. Dt 1:15-16, 10:12-13; 17:14-20
  • Preserve human dignity. Genesis 4:9-15, 5:1
  • Protect peace. I Timothy 2:1-2; Proverbs 11:14
  • Promote Justice. Psalms 82:2-4; Daniel 4:27; Romans 13:3
  • Punish evil, praise goodness. Romans 13: 3-7; I Peter 2:13-14; Proverbs 14:34

Civic Leaders are God’s Servants and Are Called to Rule Righteously

  • In Romans 13:4-6, God says that rulers are God’s servants who carry a sword (authority). For this, we pay taxes to support governing authorities who are God’s servants, giving their full time to governing.
  • In Exodus 18:21 and Deuteronomy 16:18-20, God says to select capable and trustworthy men who fear God and hate dishonest gain and appoint them as officials.

God Calls Christians to Be Active Citizens

  • Christians are to pray for the nation’s leaders (1Timothy 2:1-4).
  • Christians are to pay taxes (Matthew 22:21).
  • Christians are to follow the law, submitting to “every authority instituted among men…” (1 Peter 2:13-14; Romans 13:2-5).
  • Christians are to show authorities proper respect (Romans 13:4).
  • Christians are to stand up and speak out when man’s law conflicts with God’s law as Peter and the Apostles did in Acts 5:29.

Why Christians Should Vote

  • God says to “select capable men from all the people — men who fear God, trustworthy men who hate dishonest gain — and appoint them as officials (Exodus 18:21 emphasis added). In America, we have the privilege of voting our leaders into service.
  • God says Christians are the “salt of the earth” and we can help influence public policy for good when we vote for leaders who share our values (Matthew 5:13).
  • Silence in the face of evil is sin (Proverbs 24:11); but Christians in this country can speak out with their vote, as well as their voice.

[Taken from “Biblical roles of Government and Citizenship” www.libertyinstitute.org]

“Let each citizen remember at the moment he is offering his vote that he is executing one of the most solemn trusts in human society for which he is accountable to God and his country.” Samuel Adams, Founding Father

Churches RECOMMENDING We Believe We Vote as a Voter resource:

Access Church

Airway Heights Baptist

Berean Bible Church

Beyond Grace Fellowship

Calvary Spokane

Chattaroy Community Church

Christ Our Hope Bible Church

Christian Life Church

Christ’s Church of Deer Park

Church of Berachah

Church Of God Seventh Day

City Life Church

Community Church of the Bible

Covenant Church

Crestline Baptist Church

Crossover Church

Dishman Baptist Church

Eastpoint Church

Faith Baptist Church

Family of Faith Community Church

Fellowship Church of God

First Southern Baptist Church- Deer Park

Five Mile Community Church

Fountain Gate Christian Fellowship

Fourth Memorial

Free Indeed Ministries

God’s Embassy

Grace Christian Fellowship Central

Grace Christian Fellowship North

Greenacres Baptist Church

Greenacres Christian Fellowship

Lake Spokane Community Church

Lakeside Church

Liberty Baptist Church

Lidgerwood Presbyterian

Life Center Foursquare Church

Life River Fellowship

Life Springs Fellowship Church of God

Lifecenter

Liferoads

Medical Lake Baptist Church

Medical Lake Community Church

Mirabeau Chapel

Mosaic Fellowship

Mount St. Michaels

Mountain View Assembly of God

(Mt Spokane Church) One Valley

New Beginnings Christian Church

New Covenant Fellowship Church

New Creation Fellowship

New Hope Bible Church

New Vision Lutheran Church

North Addison Baptist Church

Northview Bible Church

ONE

Open Heart Chapel

Orchard Christian Fellowship

Otis Orchards Community Church Efc

Red Bench Bible Church

Redemption Church

Ridgeview Christian Center

Sheltering Tree Church

Shiloh Hills Fellowship

South Hill Bible Church

Southside Christian Church

Southside Christian Church

Sozo Church

Spangle Community Church

Spokane Baptist Church

Spokane Christian Center

Spokane Dream Center

Spokane Faith Center

Spokane First Assembly of God

Spokane First Church of the Nazarene

Spring Hill Bible Church

St. Matthew’s Lutheran

Sun City Church

Suncrest Family Worship Center

The Intersection Open Bible

Timberview Christian Fellowship

Tri-County Christian Center

Trinity Baptist

Truth in Love Christian Fellowship

Turning Point Open Bible

Tyrannus Christian Fellowship

Union gospel Mission

Valley Assembly of God

Valley Bible Church

Valley Landmark Missionary Baptist Church

Victory Faith Fellowship

Westside Chapel

Westside Nazarene

Windsor Baptist Church

Word of Life

Zion Christian Center

Genesis Church

Hope Baptist Church

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