FOR VOTERS Quotes & Scriptures

Founding Fathers & Patriots

Let each citizen remember at the moment he is offering his vote … he is executing one of the most solemn trusts in human society for which he is accountable to God and his country.
Samuel Adams, 1722-1803 (The “Father of the American Revolution”)
[The Writings of Samuel Adams, Harry Alonzo Cushing, editor (New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1907), Vol. IV, p. 256, in the Boston Gazette on April 16, 1781.]

When you become entitled to exercise the right of voting for public officers, let it be impressed on your mind that God commands you to choose for rulers, “just men who will rule in the fear of God.” The preservation of government depends on the faithful discharge of this duty.
Noah Webster, 1758-1843 (Author of Webster’s Dictionary)
[Noah Webster, History of the United States (New Haven: Durrie & Peck, 1832), pp. 336-337, �49.]

Should things go wrong at any time, the people will set them to rights by the peaceable exercise of their elective rights.
Thomas Jefferson, 1743-1826 (Third President of the United States)
[Thomas Jefferson, The Works of Thomas Jefferson, Paul Leicester Ford, ed. (New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1905), Vol. 10, p. 245.]

The time has come that Christians must vote for honest men, and take consistent ground in politics, or the Lord will curse them … Christians have been exceedingly guilty in this matter … God cannot sustain this free and blessed country, which we love and pray for, unless the church will take right ground.
Charles Finney, 1792-1875 (Evangelist and Author)
[Charles G. Finney, Lectures on Revivals of Religion (New York: Fleming H. Revell Company, 1868), Lecture XV, pp. 281-282.]

Providence has given our people the choice of their rulers, and it is the duty, as well as privilege and interest of a Christian nation to select and prefer Christians for their rulers.
John Jay, 1745-1829 (First Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court)
[John Jay, The Correspondence and Public Papers of John Jay, Henry P. Johnston, ed. (New York: G.P. Putnams Sons, 1890), Vol. IV, p. 365.]

Now more than ever the people are responsible for the character of their Congress. If that body be ignorant, reckless, and corrupt, it is because the people tolerate ignorance, recklessness, and corruption. If it be intelligent, brave, and pure, it is because the people demand these high qualities to represent them in the national legislature.
James Garfield, 1831-1881 (Twentieth President of the United States)
[James A. Garfield, The Works of James Abram Garfield, Burke Hinsdale, editor (Boston: James R. Osgood and Company, 1883), Vol. II, pp. 486, 489, "A Century of Congress," July, 1877.]

When the righteous rule, the people rejoice; when the wicked rule, the people groan.
William Paterson, 1745-1806 (Signer of the Constitution and Supreme Court Justice)
[Rreminding his fellow justices of Proverbs 29:2. United States Oracle (Portsmouth, NH), May 24, 1800.]

Watch over your liberties and privileges—civil and religious—with a careful eye.
Matthias Burnett (Pastor of the First Baptist Church in Norwalk in An Election Sermon Preached on May 12, 1803)
[An Election Sermon Preached at Hartford, on the Day of the Anniversary Election, May 12, 1803 (Hartford: Printed by Hudson & Goodwin, 1803), pp. 27-28.]

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 … 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, 1792-1875 (Nineteenth Century Evangelist and Author)
[Charles G. Finney, Lectures on Revivals of Religion (New York: Fleming H. Revell Company, 1868), Lecture XV, pp. 281-282.]

Voting at elections is one of the most important rights of the subject.
Alexander Hamilton, 1757-1804 (Author of The Federalist Papers, Secretary of the Treasury)
[The Papers of Alexander Hamilton, Harold C. Syrett, ed. (New York, Columbia University Press, 1962), Vol III, pp. 544-545.]

It will be conceded that a Christian’s first duty is to God. It then follows, as a matter of course, that it is his duty to carry his Christian code of morals to the polls and vote them … If Christians would vote their duty to God at the polls, they would carry every election, and do it with ease … If the Christians of America could be persuaded to vote God and a clean ticket, it would bring about a moral revolution that would be incalculably beneficent. It would save the country.
Mark Twain, 1835-1910 (American humorist and author)
 [Colliers magazine, September 2, 1904]

Twentieth & Twenty-First Century Leaders

Nobody will ever deprive the American people of the right to vote except the American people themselves—and the only way they could do this is by not voting.
Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1882-1945 (Thirty-Second President of the United States)
[The Wit and Wisdom of Franklin D. Roosevelt, Government and Democracy, p. 38, eds. Peter and Helen Beilenson, Peter Pauper Press (1982).]

Freedom is a fragile thing and is never more than one generation away from extinction. It is not ours by inheritance; it must be fought for and defended constantly by each generation, for it comes only once to a people. Those who have known freedom and then lost it have never known it again.
Ronald Reagan, 1911-2004 (Fortieth President of the United States)
[California Gubernatorial Inauguration Speech, January 5, 1967, http://www.reagan.utexas.edu/archives/speeches/govspeech/01051967a.htm]

America’s future depends upon her accepting and demonstrating God’s government.
Dr. Peter Marshall, 1902-1949 (Presbyterian minister, Chaplain of The United States Senate)
[In a message January 13, 1947 calling upon America to make a decision]

[S]ecularists are wrong when they ask believers to leave their religion at the door before entering into the public square. Frederick Douglass, Abraham Lincoln, William Jennings Bryan, Dorothy Day, Martin Luther King—indeed, the majority of great reformers in American history—were not only motivated by faith, but repeatedly used religious language to argue for their cause. So to say that men and women should not inject their "personal morality" into public policy debates is a practical absurdity. Our law is by definition a codification of morality, much of it grounded in Judeo-Christian tradition.
Barack Obama (Forty-Fourth President of the United States)
[Barack Obama, "Call to Renewal Keynote Address," Call to Renewal Conference on Building a Covenant for a New America, June 28, 2006, http://www.nytimes.com/2006/06/28/us/politics/2006obamaspeech.html?pagewanted=4&_r=1]

Scriptures

Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.
Psalm 33:12

When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice; But when a wicked man rules, the people groan.
Proverbs 29:2

“If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”
2 Chronicles 7:14

Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence.
1 Timothy 2:1-2

“He who rules over men must be just, ruling in the fear of God.”
2 Samuel 23:3

“Choose wise, understanding, and knowledgeable men from among your tribes, and I will make them heads over you.”
Deuteronomy 1:13

“Moreover you shall select from all the people able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness; and place such over them to be rulers of thousands, rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens.”
Exodus 18:21

“You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men. You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden…Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”
Matthew 5:13-14, 16

Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. But someone will say, You have faith, and I have works. Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.
James 2:17-18

Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.
Galatians 5:1

“Proclaim liberty throughout all the land to all its inhabitants.”
Leviticus 25:10 (Inscribed on the Liberty Bell)

“Is it lawful for us to pay taxes to Caesar or not?” But He perceived their craftiness, and said to them, “Why do you test Me? Show Me a denarius. Whose image and inscription does it have?” They answered and said, “Caesars.” And He said to them, “Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesars, and to God the things that are Gods.”
Luke 20:22-25

Now when they told Jotham, he went and stood on top of Mount Gerizim, and lifted his voice and cried out. And he said to them: “Listen to me, you men of Shechem, that God may listen to you! The trees once went forth to anoint a king over them. And they said to the olive tree, ‘Reign over us!’ But the olive tree said to them, ‘Should I cease giving my oil, with which they honor God and men, and go to sway over trees?’ Then the trees said to the fig tree, ‘You come and reign over us!’ But the fig tree said to them, ‘Should I cease my sweetness and my good fruit, and go to sway over trees?’ Then the trees said to the vine, ‘You come and reign over us!’ But the vine said to them, ‘Should I cease my new wine, which cheers both God and men, and go to sway over trees?’ Then all the trees said to the bramble, ‘You come and reign over us!’ And the bramble said to the trees, ‘If in truth you anoint me as king over you, then come and take shelter in my shade; but if not, let fire come out of the bramble and devour the cedars of Lebanon!’”
Judges 9:7-15

Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God
Romans 13:1

Therefore submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lords sake, whether to the king as supreme, or to governors, as to those who are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers and for the praise of those who do good.
1 Peter 2:13-14, 17

Honor all people. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the king.
1 Peter 2:17

All scripture from New King James Version (NKJV) © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission.

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