Senator Ted Cruz fired up Christian voters and hopes to maintain his lead through November 2016 to win the White House bid. Even Christian voters not planning on voting for Cruz are inspired by his words.
In a conference call to his volunteers in December, he said, “If we awaken and energize the body of Christ–if Christians and people of faith come out and vote our values–we will win and we will turn the country around.”
Cruz won the Republican Iowa caucus with a strategy to have a pastor in every county in Iowa influence and mobilize other pastors and believers to pray and to vote.
Cruz said, “We’re working to have a lead pastor in each of the 99 counties in Iowa, 99 pastors are organizing other pastors. We’re doing the same thing in South Carolina, organizing pastors in 46 counties to motivate and organize other pastors.”
He had a warning for his team too. “I want to tell everyone to get ready, strap on the full armor of God, get ready for the attacks that are coming … we ain’t seen nothing yet,” he advised.
Regardless of who you’re planning to vote for or where you stand politically, you’ve got to admit Cruz’s words ring true to your vocation as a pastor and ministry leader. If we can work to energize the body, unite with other pastors, organize our resources for one cause, then there will be movement. There will also be opposition like Cruz warns. The work of ministry is work that daily happens on the ebb and flow of spiritual warfare. If your work does not begin and end on your knees, then your heart, your mission and your team could be in serious trouble.
Cruz’s words are not meant to stir fear, but to prompt people to be on guard and to be aware.
In an “Epilogue” written for his father’s new book, A Time for Action: Empowering the Faithful to Reclaim America, Cruz encouraged Christians to vote.
“If our nation’s leaders are elected by unbelievers, is it any wonder that they do not reflect our values?” he asked.
“I tell you this: we will stay home no longer. If the body of Christ arises, if Christians simply show up and vote biblical values, we can restore our nation.”
Crus said, “Imagine, in 2016, if just 44 million evangelicals stayed home. Now, let me be clear: that would be a miserable failure. It would mean we failed to reach and motivate 44 million Christians to take a stand. But even so, if just an additional 10 million evangelicals showed up, the election would be over.”