The time has come that Christians must vote for honest men and take consistent ground in politics. . . . God cannot sustain this free and blessed country which we love and pray for unless the Church will take right ground. . . . It seems sometimes as if the foundations of the nation are becoming rotten, and Christians seem to act as if they think God does not see what they do in politics.
Charles G. Finney, Lectures on Revival of Religion, Leavitt, Lord, & Co., Boston, 1835, p. 274.
Notes – Finney was a minister, who became an important figure in the Second Great Awakening. His influence during this period was enough that he has been called “The Father of Modern Revivalism”.