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Bishop Harry Jackson: "The black vote will determine the outcome of this election! . . . I SUPPORT GEORGE BUSH! "

by Bishop Harry Jackson Jr
Oct 12, 2004

Bishop Harry Jackson: "The black vote will determine the outcome of this election! . . . I SUPPORT GEORGE BUSH! "
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Intro by Steve Shultz:
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Bishop Harry Jackson, pastor of a 2000-member African-American Church in Washington, D.C., and I (Steve Shultz) each serve on ACPE, an organization spearheaded by C. Peter Wagner with participation by other notable voices such as Cindy Jacobs, James Goll, Dutch Sheets, and Chuck D. Pierce. We meet once each year to hear and publish, collectively, what God seems to be saying to the Church -- both the American and worldwide Church.

Harry and I have spent several hours by phone getting to know and understand one another's ministry and outlook for the White and African-American Church.

CBS will be following his ministry around this next week, and CBN will also be interviewing him. Bishop Jackson, as well as others listed below (such as Wellington Boone, Kimberly Daniels, and Larry Jackson), are all "on the same page" with this article and I, too, believe that the Black vote will be the deciding or swing vote in this upcoming election.

As Bishop Jackson and I have talked, though there was an admitted moral problem, even by President Clinton Himself, in the presidency before George W. Bush -- nevertheless, President Clinton was, according to Scripture, God's selection for that "hour" in history -- HE picks all those in authority.

In the same way, Bishop Jackson and many in the Black Community now believe -- and are beginning to state publicly -- that it seems God may be saying that George W. Bush is to be God's man for the hour in these next four years -- again!

We encourage you to forward this article to your Christian and non-Christian friends, both white and black, minority and non-minority. Then we urge you to vote and, yes, please vote your conscience.

You may get tired of me saying this, but as Believers, we are to be seen not as Republican nor as Democrats, but as "Monarchists"...that is, we serve a reigning King, Jesus Christ. That means that you should ask HIM how you should vote each time an election rolls around.

We don't want to be seen as telling you how YOU must vote...rather, we are telling you how some are voting. Why? Because, as you will read in this article, Marriage is a pivotal issue in this election...almost more than any other issue.

Please forward this to as many people as possible. We've provided a form below for you to do just that!

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African-American Bishop Harry Jackson: "The black vote will determine the outcome of this election! . . .
I SUPPORT GEORGE BUSH!"

By Harry R. Jackson, Jr.

(Please forward this to all your friends!)

email: info@thehopeconnection.org
web: www.thehopeconnection.org

The following are people with their photos and links who are adding their endorsement to this article by Bishop Harry Jackson:




Bishop Wellington Boone
www.wellingtonboone.com


Apostle Kimberly Daniels
http://www.kimberlydaniels.com


Bishop Larry Jackson
www.frontlinersministries.com

 


Bishop Harry Jackson:

"The black vote will determine the outcome of this election!"
I wrote this statement as I prepared for a TBN interview, Monday, October 4th. Little did I know that Cindy Jacobs had prophesied this same thing just weeks before from the same Miami studio from which I would be appearing. I asked myself, Was this just a coincidence or had I really heard from God? If this is true, then what does this prophecy mean? Will Bush win or will Kerry? My answer was clear. What Blacks choose in this election will impact the course of the nation for many years to come.

American Blacks have always been a moral lightning rod for us in America. This election will be no exception. Have you noticed Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson traveling with Kerry into Black churches during the last two weeks? This is not by accident. I am asking everyone who reads the Elijah List to pray that God will use African-Americans to impact our nation for righteousness in this critical season.

I support George Bush and I believe that the Black vote will push him over the top. I also believe that this yearís October surprise will be the Black community standing up for righteousness and justice. High impact African-American churches are creating high impact leaders who are developing high impact congregations that are changing their communities. These high impact Black Christians are more likely to read their Bibles and practice the spiritual disciplines of prayer, fasting, or worship than their White, Hispanic, or other ethnic counterparts.

Based upon 12 years of combined research, George Barna and I believe that the Black church will be a catalyst for revival or spiritual renewal in America. In the political realm, Black churches may lead the way as well. In our book, High Impact African-American Churches, we state,

"Black pastors see politics as the means of making faith real by introducing faith principles into every fiber of life."

This really should be the approach of all mature Christians. How will this affect the upcoming elections? I believe a "stealth vote" of Blacks will turn things around for the President. Black pastors are beginning to speak out and Black members of multi-cultural churches are ready to make a difference in their world.

In my view, God has been preparing the heart of President Bush to take a radical stand for social justice in his next term. This could be the beginning of the development of a "kingdom agenda" instead of a limited "conservative" versus "liberal" approach to the woes of our society. The current political labels have led to bitter divisions that do not serve the nationís best interests.

This article will cover four things: a prophetic prospective on the election, the biblical background of the justice issue, an overview of current political realities, and a call to action for the Body of Christ.

If you have Black friends that you would like to encourage to vote for justice and righteousness, please purchase the CD entitled "Choose Ye This Day" from this site and send it to them. You can also forward this email message. It could change their lives. Remember, we donít have much time!

Prophetic Prospective

In January 2004, I sat in the presence of some of Americaís strongest prophetic voices. The group is called the Apostolic Council of Prophetic Elders (ACPE), which is led by C. Peter Wagner and includes Lou Engle, Joseph Garlington, James Goll, Bill Hamon, Cindy Jacobs, Chuck Pierce, John and Paula Sanford, Dutch Sheets, Tommy Tenney, Barbara Yoder, and several others. We all felt that the election would be close and very bitter. As a group, we stated that the major issue of this election would be justice. We, corporately, prophetically declared that if President Bush chose justice, he would be re-elected. In addition, the following things were stated,

"Concerning the 2004 elections, there was a general consensus that we need to call for massive intercession...A new move of 'Judicial intercession' will sweep the Body of Christ."

The term "judicial intercession" means prayers that will initiate the manifestation of Godís justice in our spheres of influence.

Very few Christians have heard the call for America to take the issue of justice to another level. Like those in the days of Gideon who cowered and hid from the marauding Midianites, we have fought our little battles without much hope for national deliverance. We have been on the defensive instead of the offensive. We have not seen ourselves as mighty men and women of valor who can take back the culture in Jesusí name. We have only attempted to stop abortion and same-sex marriage with few results. Even though we have longed for revival, we have not envisioned the Lord ushering us into a new dimension of cultural reform.

Biblical Background of the Justice Issue

As God reveals His character and glory in the scriptures, he connects two things that American Christians do not often put together. These two things are righteousness and justice. The following scriptures speak of the character of God and define righteousness and justice as unshakable foundations of His kingdom.

"Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne; love and faithfulness go before you." Psalm 89:14

"Clouds and thick darkness surround him; righteousness and justice are the foundation of his throne. Fire goes before him and consumes his foes on every side." Psalm 97:2-3

Itís interesting that the scripture says that a fire goes before Him and consumes His foes. If we embrace Godís concept of both righteousness and justice, God will move in unprecedented, miraculous ways. We see a harvest of souls, while God removes the ability of His enemies to respond or gainsay. Letís take this concept one step further, the leader that takes it upon himself to imitate Godís character and reveal His glory will see God back him up with amazing results. I am convinced that we need both righteousness and justice to move the hand of God for America in a fresh way. Yet He needs someone to stand in the gap for Him.

In Ezekiel 22:30 our Lord says that He sought for a man to stand in the gap before Him. In the verses that precede this one, He implies that He looked in four realms of Israelís life: Prophets, Priests, Princes, and People. The Lord was letting us in on how He viewed the process of cultural transformation. It seems that one man can keep a country from destruction, but all four of these categories must be invaded by godly people in order to transform a community. The prophetic prayer movement is doing its job. Yet we donít seem to have the right alignment in the political realm (among the princes). With these things in mind, the next two scriptures show us what biblically-oriented political leaders can do for a nation.

"Kings detest wrongdoing, for a throne is established through righteousness." Proverbs 16:12, NIV

"By justice a king gives a country stability, but one who is greedy for bribes tears it down." Proverbs 29:4, NIV

These verses contain great promises for America. If we can produce justice internally, God will protect us from terrorism, economic decline, and the moral disintegration of our culture. Homeland security will be backed up by the hosts of heaven in a major new way. Let me explain what the scriptures mean by the term "justice." In America, we often think of justice as getting what we are due. The concept is personal and often petty. Therefore, American litigation is a thriving industry. We will sue almost anyone at the drop of a hat. Judge Judy and others are feeding a self-centered, American hunger. There is another kind of justice. Itís called "divine justice." It creates an atmosphere in which widows and poor people will be cared for. It reaches out to those who cannot defend themselves.

Let me elaborate upon this further. Harperís Bible Dictionary makes several profound statements about justice:

"Since the justice of God is characterized by special regard for the poor and the weak, a corresponding quality is demanded of Godís people (Deut. 10:18-19). When they properly carry out justice, they are agents of the divine will (Isa. 59:15-16). Paul presents Godís justice as a grace flowing into and through believers to the needy (2 Cor. 9:8-10). The demand of God for justice is so central that other responses to God are empty or diminished if they exist without it (Amos 5:21-24; Mic. 6:6-8; Matt. 23:23). Justice is demanded of all the people, but particularly of the political authorities (Jer. 21:11-12; Isa. 1:10, 17)."

Justice matters to God.

Sadly, contemporary Christians have missed this emphasis in the scriptures. Many English translations have blurred the original intent of the biblical concepts of justice by using a weaker English word such as Ďrighteousnessí or Ďjudgment.í

Political Realities

Four years ago, Bush received only 10% of the Black vote, despite his Christian testimony, his rapport with Black pastors like Kirbyjohn Caldwell, and others. Today politically savvy people believe that the percentage of Blacks voting for the President will be 20% even though 47% of Blacks are born again (according to statistics George Barna and I have catalogued in our book). If we believe God that as few as half of born-again Blacks vote for President Bush, it could be enough to turn the tide of this election.

Part of our prayer for this election is that both Whites and Blacks begin to view the political parties from a kingdom perspective. Both parties are flawed and are in desperate need of reform. Yet, we must make a difference today. We should not refuse to vote because things are confusing. Or vote without a willingness to remain informed and continue to demand that the political parties of the future give Christians better options in terms of policies, programs, and candidates.

In broad terms, the Democratic Party espouses justice but does not articulate biblical righteousness. Generally speaking, the Republican Party articulates many positions more in line with biblical righteousness, but falls short in issues of justice.

The kingdom of God requires that both righteousness and justice will be promoted. Therefore, I applaud the Republican Party for creating a platform that leans toward righteousness. Unfortunately, a true justice agenda is missing from both the Democratic and Republican National platforms. Interestingly, the Democratic platform uses much more conceptual language about justice. To their credit, at the very end of their platform is a powerful statement that recognizes the potential of the Church. It says,

"We believe that our nation, our communities, and our lives are made vastly stronger and richer by faith and the countless acts of justice and mercy it inspires...Throughout history, communities of faith have brought comfort to the afflicted and shaped great movements for justice."

Unfortunately, the Democrats have not lived up to these high sounding phrases of purpose. This is primarily because the Democratic platform emphasizes personal liberty instead of personal righteousness.

Both parties have historically failed to create an ongoing atmosphere of justice for the poor and needy in our nation. I believe that Jesus would challenge both parties to look at six major issues: Protection of Marriage; Wealth Creation opportunities for minorities; Educational Reform, which emphasizes urban change as a priority; African Relief that stops genocide in the Sudan by placing trade sanctions on the nation; Prison Reform that rehabilitates inmates with spiritual solutions; and Healthcare for the Poor. Time will not allow me to go into a detailed biblical prescription. Suffice it to say that the Church needs to be informed and get involved.

A Prophetic Challenge to the Body of Christ

The Church must awaken to her responsibility to produce justice in every area of American life. Imagine what would happen if Christians would rise up and take a stand with a specific, unified strategy to restore Americaís moral greatness? Perhaps this is what was meant by the term used over a decade ago, "The Moral Majority." Unfortunately, this group did not understand the difference between personal righteousness and the need to create an atmosphere of justice in the land. They appeared contentious, strident, and petty. We, however, have an opportunity to joyfully present a God who loves sinners and is willing to deliver them from their sin.

I believe that there is coming a day when Christians will agree upon specific aspects of our society that we want to change and we will send political missionaries into both parties. These Christians will operate as double agents whose allegiance is only to the King of kings. As they gain influence, position, and wealth they will be sure to steer their party toward a God-ward path. Itís amazing that we havenít done this before. No wonder Jesus said that the children of this world are wiser than the children of light (Luke 16:8).

In conclusion, consider these three points as you pray for a reversal in the historic Black voter pattern:

1 - The Democratic Party can be hijacked by a righteous remnant;
2 - The Republican Party can be enlivened by justice seekers;
3 - Everyone needs to get involved.


by Harry Jackson, Jr.
web: www.thehopeconnection.org
email: info@thehopeconnection.org


 


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Rules of Engagement for the Spiritual War Zone
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Spiritual warfare is real, and knowing how to combat the enemy is vital for every disciple of Jesus Christ. This eye-opening manual will give you the practical, biblical keys to victory. It will train you to fulfill your calling, refine in you a life of integrity, and equip you to be a good soldier in God's army.

God has picked you as a choice recruit. Dare to move forward with the heart of a warrior.

"The Warrior's Heart is not only a battle cry to every Christian to start contending for the faith in our time, but it also presents a clear, compelling, and biblical roadmap to victory!" - Bill McCartney

"Jackson guides us expertly through areas of godly living with personal as well as corporate connections. This book is a manual for effective believers today." - John Bevere

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"It's more about the warrior than the warfare." - Jane Hansen

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In High Impact African-American Churches, researcher George Barna and Reverend Harry Jackson, Jr., combine their research, knowledge, and experience to describe what these churches do that is changing lives. Their critical insights into the historical African-American experience and its current ministry practices will show you the transferable concepts that will help your ministry, regardless of its location or ethnicity, and lead people to greater spiritual maturity.

Churches studied were affiliated with the following denominations:

- African Methodist Episcopal
- AME Zion
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- Assemblies of God
- Church of God in Christ
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- United Methodist
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