As the first ever National Director of Faith Engagement for a political party, I’ve been all over the country. I’ve traveled to 40 different states and met with over 80,000 pastors, priests, and faith leaders to emphasize the importance of engaging their congregations in the political arena.
It was an incredible experience to do something that no one else had ever done, and I did so because of my belief that people of faith need to have a seat at the table in any free-thinking society.
The Founders knew the importance of religious freedom. I’m convinced that the reason America has become the most prosperous country in history is because they recognized our Creator like no other country has ever done. The God of the Bible is mentioned in our Declaration of Independence, acknowledged in our Constitution, and even declared in our Pledge of Allegiance.
But words and good intentions don’t always translate to action.
In the Bible, the Apostle James wrote that we need to be “doers of the word and not hearers only.” Christ also taught this principle – not only through ministry, but through His example. As those who have received the gospel, we should be motivated to use our beliefs as a plan of action in our day-to-day lives.
And as with all aspects of faith, this bias for action shouldn’t be limited to our time sitting in church. It should be something that comes home to live with us.
I once had a pastor come up to me and say, “Chad, you’re right. We’ve got to get people sitting in church engaged, but I don’t trust the party.” I said, “Pastor, amen – but let me ask you something: What percentage of your congregation voted last time in 2012?” And he got indignant with me.
This got me thinking: If faith without works is dead, then wouldn’t political belief without action be equally so? It’s easy to blame the party or the leadership, but the truth is, it’s ultimately our own responsibility.
Today, I’d challenge us all to be a little less of a “hearer” and a little more of a “doer,” not only spiritually, but politically speaking. Because if we’re going to keep the country on the right path back toward Godly values and free enterprise, it’s something that’s so much larger than any single election. It’s high time that we put actions behind our beliefs and carried the torch of conservatism to Washington. It’s my hope that you’ll join me.