With the Pennsylvania primary races settled, the Pennsylvania Pastors Network is encouraging Christian voters to research the nominees and learn more about their stances on important societal issues before the November general election.
“Now with the primary winners decided, Christians must do their homework before they cast their votes again in the fall, and we must choose leaders who will protect religious liberties and uphold our state and national constitutions and the rule of law,” said PPN President Sam Rohrer, who is also president of the American Pastors Network (APN, www.AmericanPastorsNetwork.net). “With the future of our state and nation at stake, now is not the time to take a back seat, but rather a time to be proactive in choosing the best possible leadership for our country, based on the Bible and the U.S. Constitution.”
PPN also holds regular Ministers Together events that seek to bridge the gap between church and state by working to bring pastors and elected officials together.
“The purpose of Ministers Together,” Rohrer said, “is to create opportunities to build relationships between pastors and elected officials on a biblical, not political, basis. These gatherings can help rebuild the biblical worldview perspective as ordained by God.
“PPN believes those in the pulpit are ‘Ministers of God,’” Rohrer continued, “and called by God to occupy a position ordained of God. They uniquely possess the command to ‘preach the word’ (II Timothy 4:2) and are given the authority to speak the truth—not only to their local congregations but also in the public square. They are clearly God’s prime leaders and communicators of truth. This biblical worldview also holds that those in elected office are not just ‘politicians’ but occupy an equally ordained position as ‘Ministers of God,’ with the clear job description as servants of God and God’s servants to the people (Romans 13:4).”
PPN also encouraged Christians to vote—and reemphasized the importance of voting with biblical and constitutional principles in mind—by posting a Pennsylvania voters’ guide compiled by the Pennsylvania Family Institute on the PPN Facebook page.
Both APN and PPN offer pastors numerous online resources that help clergy choose sermon topics and find information for other church ministries. With some free and some paid resources, topics include abortion, apologetics, creation, the culture war, economics, education, the environment, history, homosexuality, Islam and marriage, along with many others.