LOUISVILLE (KT) -- As Kentucky voters prepare to go to the polls in less than a month, a group of Kentucky Baptists are calling fellow believers to their knees. A group of Kentucky Baptist pastors and church leaders are asking Christians to join them in a day of prayer and fasting on Monday, November 4, the day before the state’s general election.
Greg Lakes, senior pastor of Pilot Knob Missionary Baptist Church in Berea and chairman of the Kentucky Baptist Convention’s Public Affairs Committee, says, “Through prayer and fasting before our election, Kentucky Baptists invite the Lord into our process of electing political leaders. We must ask the Lord to give us a clear perspective and insight on those officials who will play a role in allowing us to lead ‘peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness’ (1 Tim. 2:2).”
“Kentucky Baptists play a pivotal position all around Kentucky. We want to encourage people to seek God’s direction for our commonwealth,” says Tony Lewis, discipleship pastor at Hillcrest Baptist Church in Hopkinsville and a member of the KBC’s Public Affairs Committee.
Kentucky Baptists believe the outcome of the election will set the direction for issues they value. Todd Gray, executive director-treasurer of the KBC, said, “The greatest reason in my mind for encouraging Kentucky Baptists to vote is that elections have consequences. Everyday issues as diverse as health care, protection of the unborn, the opposition of expanded gambling, predatorial loan practices, caring for children in foster care, and religious freedom are addressed through elections.”
The Kentucky Baptist Convention consists of 2,350 churches with a membership of around 750,000 people.
Curtis Woods, associate executive director of convention relations for the KBC, notes the importance of going to the polls, “Voting is a right that cannot be squandered since many persons of goodwill fought long and hard to establish equality under the law for every citizen living on American soil.”
Lakes agrees with Woods. He says, “As Kingdom (of God) citizens, we have a greater responsibility to intercede for our community through prayer and fasting for our elected officials.” He believes God will work through their prayers to impact legislative leaders.
Woods calls prayer a spiritual discipline that works to massage the hearts and hopes of a Christian. “We often have not because we ask not, and sometimes when we ask, we ask with wrong motives. Fasting and prayer can guide our motives toward righteousness.”
Kentuckians go to the polls on Tuesday, November 5 to elect leaders to the commonwealth’s Constitutional offices.