With the presidential election just over two weeks away, noted
pastor and author Tony Evans is reminding Christians to put
biblical values -- not party allegiance -- first when they
Dr. Tony Evans, senior pastor of the 8,000-member Oak Cliff Bible
Fellowship in Dallas, says, "God is not a Republican, and He's
not a Democrat."
Evans, who is also president
of The Urban Alternative and author of How Should Christians
Vote?, contends God is not against government. Human
government, he says, was established by God's will and operates by
"The Bible is full of politics, and we should not leave politics
out of the divine equation," he insists. "God's perspective must be
brought to bear, because the closer God is to government, the more
orderly a society will be; the further God is from government, the
more chaotic a society will become."
Evans, the first African-American to earn a doctoral degree at
Dallas Theological Seminary, submits that the role of civil
government is to maintain a safe, just, and righteous environment
in which freedom can flourish.
"Whenever civil government tries to replace or infringe upon the
other government, it swells beyond what it was created to be, and
it creates a dependency on the other forms of government God has in
place. God never meant civil government to be all-encompassing,"
the pastor asserts.
"Christians should use a biblical worldview for their voting,
and the issue is what candidate or party will most advance the
values of the Kingdom of God," Evans concludes.
Other notable pastors -- Dr.
Billy Graham and
Dr. David Jeremiah among them -- are hoping to impress this
same message on voters as Election Day draws nearer.