Today in the car I heard a story about an evangelical voter registration drive, To Get Out The Vote, Evangelicals Try Data Mining. The story looks at an effort by Bill Dallas and his organization, United in Purpose, to indentify unregistered Christian voters and get them to register to vote. They have an ambitious goal:
Dallas hopes UIP will register five million conservative Christians in the next year — a number he believes could help decide the 2012 presidential race. He points out that in 2008, key states such as Florida, North Carolina and Missouri were won by very small margins — much smaller than the number of unregistered Christians in those states.
5,000,000 new registered voters! Wow, that is awesome (assuming of course that they will all vote Republican)! That is something that gets American Christians fired up and willing to invest both time and money.
Just imagine if we could harness that sort of energy for something that actually advanced the Kingdom.
If only we could get evangelicals fired up about trying to proclaim the Good News to 5,000,000 people who have never heard the Gospel. If only we could get Christians excited about helping 5,000,000 people in need with food or shelter. If only we could get 5,000,000 Christians to commit to loving their enemies.
Maybe we should be getting this sort of response out of the things that matter for eternity, not just for the next election cycle...