On the Spot
Election Day 2004
“Miracle in Ohio”
Susan Kines of Creative Communications relates a story about the outcome of the 2004 election. Days before the election our team was coming out of chapel when Doug Sommer frantically asked me if we could re-tag a popular Election Day spot for a buy that was being donated to the election effort in Ohio. I quickly cancelled a lunch engagement and called an announcer we use who lives in Atlanta. I called Mark Oss and told him to hold up on lunch until we put this spot together.
The spot was actually written for National Day of Prayer and it was about voting and prayer by a colleague of mine. “What difference does it make? My vote doesn’t count!” It starts off with a single voice, adds a dual unison voice and goes to a large crowd. The original tag read “The National Day of Prayer” the first Thursday of May. We changed it to “This election is pivotal for the United States of America, your vote does make a difference. Please vote this Tuesday, a message from Focus on the Family and this station.
We quickly put the spot together and sent them out to Ohio. On that Tuesday, late in the evening, my wife and I were watching the returns waiting for Ohio which would have been the decisive state-and it was. A day or so after President Bush won re-election Doug Sommer forwarded on this e-mail which tells the rest of the story:
About 2 weeks ago, I was contacted by a Greenville businessman who asked me how he and another businessman could spend a substantial amount of money in OHIO on advertising that would urge evangelicals to vote for candidates based on biblical values. These two men knew that Ohio was important and they felt led to do something. They contacted someone at the RNC but were told their “donation” would go into the larger pot and would not be used for the kind of message they wanted. I connected them with a friend of mine at Briargate Media, a division of Focus on the Family. Within a matter of days, nearly 1000 radio commercials began playing all over the state of Ohio urging believers to get out and vote.
Did God use 2 businessmen from Greenville, SC to determine the outcome of this election? I can’t say. But what I can say is that God’s fingerprints are all over this election. You can see them everywhere! And remarkably, no one in the media has even raised the possibility that this unexpected outcome could — just maybe!!!! — be the result of prayer.
If the media doesn’t notice, then we need to point it out to them. Connect all the dots from all the prayer groups (National day of Prayer, the Presidential Prayer Team, churches, Focus on the Family to an unprecedented outcome. Forget Karl Rove and all the other political gurus. To GOD be the GLORY!!!!!!!