With one of the most important presidential contests in U.S. history less than six months away, WND announces one of the most important books of the year – a powerfully thought-provoking guide to the 2004 elections titled “We Will Pray for Election Day,” by Thomas Freiling and Michael Klassen.

In addition to 40 prayers to change America, it includes an election timeline, guide to the Electoral College, a voter registration guide, summaries of key races, and dozens of effective ways for you, your family and your friends to make a difference!

How important is your vote?

Only four years have passed since the surreal general election of 2000 when millions of Americans were given a crash course in civic law. For the first time in this generation, Americans went to bed on election night perplexed about who would be the next president of the United States. It was one of the closest general elections in U.S. history.

People knew the race would be close – but not this close! Tight races in Iowa, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Oregon and Wisconsin cast doubt on whether a decisive
victor would be determined. Television networks eager to declare a winner initially projected Vice President Al Gore as the next president, then retracted their declarations when the count became indiscernibly close. Late into the night one fact became clear: The battlefield for the 43rd president of the United States would be fought in the state of Florida.

Hanging chads, miscounted votes and alleged racial and age discrimination at the polls heightened the tensions not only in Florida, but across the United States.

So the people of the United States waited for six weeks while the election chaos was sorted out. Some pundits wondered whether America was experiencing a constitutional
crisis.

After vote recounts and court decisions that extended all the way to the Supreme Court, the picture hardly seemed clear: Al Gore won the popular vote by only 543,614 votes, a difference of half a percent, over his opponent George W. Bush. On the other hand, Bush won the electoral vote 271 to 266. According to the Constitution of the United States, the candidate with the most electoral votes wins. George W. Bush became only the second president in U.S. history to lose the popular vote and still take office because he had garnered the electoral vote.

But consider this:

  • A change in only 269 votes in the state of Florida would have given the election to Gore.

  • A change of only 5,381 votes in four states would have resulted in neither candidate gaining the majority. At that point, the House of Representatives would have elected America’s next president!

During those uneasy days, democracy seemed to hang like a chad on an election ballot. Would America’s Constitution hold they country together? Would the American people follow a president who failed to win the popular vote?

One lesson Americans learned as a result of the 2000 elections is that every vote counts – whether on the national level or on the local level. Only 269 votes in the state of Florida made the difference in electing this nations’ president!

With all this in mind, and an even more divisive and bitter election just months away, authors Thomas Freiling and Michael Klassen created their inspiring blockbuster, “We Will Pray for Election Day.”

Taking action

Chuck Colson once said, “We should always pray with as much earnestness as those who expect everything from God; we should always act with as much energy as those
who expect everything from themselves.”

“So in addition to praying for our country and the upcoming election,” write the authors, “we are equipping you to take action and make a difference in 2004.” For instance:

    After each prayer we give you ideas on how to get involved – from helping register people to vote to working on behalf of a candidate running for office. You are also given an election timeline, a voter registration guide, a summary of key political races in 2004, and additional voter resources.

    Just because you are a Christian does not mean you shouldn’t get involved in politics. On the contrary, it’s because you believe in God and His authority over government that you should get involved. When the Apostle Paul was restricted from preaching the gospel, he appealed to the highest court in the Roman Empire – the infamous Emperor Nero (Acts 25)! In the same way, we shouldn’t be afraid to enter the political arena for the sake of the gospel. Our political leaders set the standard of morality by the laws they create and enforce. For example, they are the ones who will decide if unborn babies will live or die, if the institution of marriage will be upheld, and how the poor and defenseless are cared for.

    Proverbs says, “When rulers are wicked, their people are too; but good men will live to see the tyrant’s downfall” (Proverbs 29:16 TLB). When the moral, God-fearing people of our country do not take responsibility for our government, we leave the doors open for our nation to be governed by the immoral and amoral.

“So,” conclude Freiling and Klassen, “don’t sit on the sidelines! It’s important that we pray – but also important that we vote and involve ourselves in the voting process.”

“We Will Pray for Election Day” is available now from WND’s online store.

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