Vote – responsibly

James A. Garfield, the 20th President of the United States and a minister of the Gospel during the Second Great Awakening, wisely stated in 1876:

“Now, more than ever before, 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. . . . [I]f the next centennial does not find us a great nation . . . it will be because those who represent the enterprise, the culture, and the morality of the nation do not aid in controlling the political forces.” 44


  1. Jamie Parfitt May 6, 2010 at 7:06 am #

    What a good quote to ponder. Interesting that it came right after our church’s service with an expanded version of that same message, brought by Tim Lee. Our country is corrupt morally because the morally-corrupt citizens elect people to “give them what they want.” We desperately need preachers to tell this nation that they MUST change their hearts and worship and obey their Creator if they want to avoid the curses that come on a sinful nation. Time is running out.

  2. Keith Graham May 7, 2010 at 5:14 am #

    Thank you, Michael, for this great quote by a great Christian man.

    In the providence of God, on very the same day you posted this, I had heard a condensed version of the *very same quote* on a podcast.

    Today 5/7 I was “googling” the full quote and supporting documentation, before passing it along to others via my Facebook status, which I now have done. ☺

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