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Merritt urges Southern Baptists to pray for presidential election


ATLANTA (BP)–Southern Baptists across the country should pray and fast that God’s will be done in the Nov. 7 presidential elections, James Merritt, president of the Southern Baptist Convention, said in issuing a nationwide call for Southern Baptists to specifically pray for the election of godly men and women to serve in public offices, from the White House to Congress.

The SBC leader also urged Southern Baptists to not only register but to vote in the upcoming election.

“We need to set a Christian example of responsible citizenship by participating in our nation’s government,” said Merritt, pastor of the Atlanta-area First Baptist Church, Snellville. “We need to change the trend of not participating in elections.”

In 1998 nearly 119 million Americans eligible to vote did not.

“God’s people should certainly exercise the right and the responsibility of voting. I will join all Southern Baptists in praying that God’s will be done in America,” he said, reiterating that he will also join Southern Baptists in “exercising the enormous privilege and critical duty of voting on Nov. 7.”
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Visit The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission’s website for a comparison of the Republican and Democratic parties’ platforms at: http://www.erlc.com/partyplatforms.htm.

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