Former President Barack Obama, delivering a eulogy at the funeral of Rep. John Lewis (D.-Ga.), cited Acts 18:9 as a means of inspiring people to go out and vote.
“As the Lord instructed Paul, ‘Do not be afraid, go on speaking; do not be silent, for I am with you, and no one will attack you to harm you, for I have many in this city who are my people,’” said Obama.
“Just everybody’s just got to come out and vote,” Obama continued. “We’ve got all those people in the city but we can’t do nothing.”
Here is a transcript from the part of Obama’s eulogy where he quotes from the Acts of the Apostles:
President Barack Obama: “He knew that every single one of us has a God-given power. And that the fate of this democracy depends on how we use it; that democracy isn’t automatic, it has to be nurtured, it has to be tended to, we have to work at it, it’s hard. And so he knew it depends on whether we summon a measure, just a measure, of John’s moral courage to question what’s right and what’s wrong and call things as they are. He said that as long as he had breath in his body, he would do everything he could to preserve this democracy. That as long as we have breath in our bodies, we have to continue his cause. If we want our children to grow up in a democracy--not just with elections, but a true democracy, a representative democracy, a big-hearted, tolerant, vibrant, inclusive America of perpetual self-creation--then we are going to have to be more like John. We don’t have to do all the things he had to do because he did them for us. But we have got to do something. As the Lord instructed Paul, ‘Do not be afraid, go on speaking; do not be silent, for I am with you, and no one will attack you to harm you, for I have many in this city who are my people.’ Just everybody’s just got to come out and vote. We’ve got all those people in the city but we can’t do nothing.”