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1992 Election Day Sermon: The Future of Politicians Who Give Bad Advice

Election Day Sermons have been preached in America from our very beginning. "As early as 1633 in Massachusetts and 1674 in Connecticut the practice of preaching election sermons arose. These were delivered before the governor and assembly, (and in meetinghouses in local towns), year by year. Frequently these sermons were printed at government expense and distributed among the town, and the themes discussed were rediscussed in the pulpits throughout New England." - William W. Sweet, The Story of Religion in America, pg. 177.

The purpose of these Election Day Sermons can be stated in terms of Deuteronomy 26:19 - "...that He (God) shall set you high above all nations which He has made, for praise, fame and honor; and that you shall be a consecrated people to the Lord your God...." It was the earnest prayer of the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century preachers of the gospel that through the preaching and teaching of the Holy Bible God would create, preserve and perfect a genuinely Christian and thoroughly Biblical social, moral and political order in America for the glory of God and as a model - "a city set on a hill" - for the rest of the world.