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In today’s media-saturated America, everyone has an opinion. From Bill O’Reilly to Chris Matthews, Rush Limbaugh to Rachel Maddow – there is no shortage of viewpoints. But how many of those perspectives bring you back to a place of passionate, persistent prayer for the nation?

“Viewpoint” allows the expression on the political, social and moral issues of the day. At times, you may not agree. But in the end, you will be energized to pray for America, with the prism of Scripture and a decidedly Godly direction as your guide. Plus, you can blog your comments to every article, have your say.

Read – then pray with an enlightened, more informed viewpoint for your nation and its leaders. 

Not Enough Faith

View Point

Voters want their president to believe in God

By Carol Hatcher

How does one get elected to the highest office in America? The presidential requirements say a candidate must be a natural born citizen, have been a resident for fourteen years and must be at least 35 years old. And while those three items certainly grant an individual the right to run, the requirements don’t get them elected. So, the question remains – how do you win the race?

While every campaign manager is looking for the answer to that same question, you may be surprised at the answer – belief in God. Americans have spoken and they want a president who believes in the Almighty. Last year a report by Pew Research found 53 percent of Americans would be less likely to vote for a presidential candidate who doesn’t believe in God. Seventy percent of Republicans and 42 percent of Democrats state they would be less likely to vote for an atheist. Survey participants said they would rather vote for a gay candidate or a candidate who had never held a political office than vote for a candidate who doesn’t believe in God. What you believe counts.

Republican Presidential hopeful Ben Carson in his book America the Beautiful said, “Today the forces of political correctness would expel God from every public sphere in American life, and the hearts and minds of every man, woman, and child in America are up for grabs in this cataclysmic battle between the lovers of men and the lovers of God... I believe it is time for us to stand up and be counted.”

Like Carson, some of the other candidates have shared their convictions. Republican presidential hopeful Mario Rubio has been very outspoken about his beliefs. “My faith is the single greatest influence in my life and from that I’ll never hide,” he shared at a recent town hall meeting. Republican Ted Cruz is a Southern Baptist who speaks openly about his faith, albeit among criticism from many about his authenticity. Donald Trump, according to a Pew study, is the least religious, while the rest of the candidates fall somewhere in between.

Even so, Pew Research conducted a poll in January of this year and found Americans want to hear more about the faith of the candidates. Forty percent of those surveyed felt the faith of political leaders was not discussed enough, and 27 percent felt it has been discussed too much. Just as a comparison, in the 2012 election, 30 percent felt there was not enough talk of faith and 38 percent said it was too much. The numbers have flipped.

Most conservative Christians want to hear more about the belief system of the presidential hopefuls. But what about liberals? What about those who think faith and religion don’t matter when it comes to the office of the president? Is it important to know the beliefs of the candidates?

Your belief system affects your behavior – a joint study by the University of Oregon and the University of British Columbia proved it. Therefore, the belief system of the person who holds the highest office in America is a big deal and should be up for discussion. When an atheist voter challenged Rubio’s faith at a town hall meeting in Iowa, his response sums up why Americans should be concerned about the belief systems of the next president.

“I think you should hope my faith influences me,” Rubio said. “Here’s why. You know what my faith teaches me? My faith teaches me that I have an obligation to care for the less fortunate. My faith teaches me that I have an obligation to love my neighbor. My faith teaches me that I have an obligation for those that are hungry, to help try to feed them. For those who are naked, I need to help clothe them. My faith teaches me to minister to those in prison. My faith teaches me that if I want to serve Jesus I have to serve each other [sic]. And I think you should hope that influences me.”

“The steps of a man are established by the Lord when he delights in his way.” Psalm 37:23 Let’s pray for a president who delights in God.

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Carol Hatcher is a former elementary school teacher turned speaker and writer. She has contributed to many books and magazines and is a regular contributor to the Vantage Point devotional series. This southern belle lives with her husband and three children in Commerce, GA.




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