CAST ONE VOTE FOR GOD…By Mark Twain, September 2, 1905

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CAST ONE VOTE FOR GOD.

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.  Whenever a Christian votes, he votes against God or for Him.  He knows this quite well.

God is an issue in every election.  He is a candidate in the person of every clean nominee on every ticket; His purity and His approval are there, to be voted for or voted against, and no (loyalty) to party can absolve His servant from his higher and more exacting (Loyalty) to Him.  If Christians should vote their duty to god at the polls, they would carry every election, and do it with ease.  They would elect every clean candidate in the United States, and defeat every soiled one.  Their prodigious power would be quickly realized, and afterward there would be no unclean candidates upon any ticket, and graft would cease.

Yet every Christian congregation in the country elects foul men to public office, while quite aware that this also is an open, a deliberate insult to God, Who cannot approve and does not approve the placing of the liberties and the well-being of His children in the hands of infamous men.  It is the Christian congregations that are responsible for filling of our public offices with criminals, for the reason that they could prevent it if they chose to do it.

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…a country whose Christians have betrayed it and are destroying it.  Christianity is on trial now.  And nothing important is on trial except Christianity.   –Mark Twain, September 2, 1905

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