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SoVaNow.com / October 18, 2012Dear Viewpoint:
My previous letter to the editor stated that some ministers will tell their congregations who they should vote for. They feel that they need to test the contract with the I.R.S. and stand up for their Christian beliefs because the I.R.S. does not seem to apply their rules on an equal basis. I do not feel that I need to do that and I did not mention any names in my letter. I often have told people that I will not tell them who to vote for because I voted for two Southern Baptist candidates who became President, both of whom were very intelligent and said what was needed to be elected, but whom I regretted I voted for before their first term was over. I do tell them that they should vote because they have the right and duty to do so. In the U.S.A. our secret ballot means that even if I told them who to vote for, they close the curtain and vote for the person that they believe will be the best person of the job.
I will continue to tell every Christian to pray before they vote and to study the platform and background of each candidate. Christians are held to a higher standard and are to use their intelligence and faith to help them make decisions. Their decisions should be based on the Christian principles and teachings of Jesus, not on political party, race, or political correctness. If anyone is unsure of these Christian principles and teachings, there are many Christian ministers in Halifax County who can share them with you.
Rev. Bill Wilkins