VOTE!

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Originally, I planned at the beginning of this semester to write a blog that outlined the presidential candidates for the Constitution Party, Democratic Party, Green Party, Libertarian Party, and Republican Party, but time escaped me in the midst of my hectic college life. At this point, many of you have probably made up your minds as to who you will vote for in this monumental election.

As an Independent knowing that either the democrats or republicans will win the majority vote, I hope and pray that those of you voting democrat or republican do so with a heavy heart, weighing and solumnly considering the consequences of either party winning this election.

Freedoms, lives, and futures are at stake. That is not something to take lightly. I encourage you–no, implore you–to evaluate your candidate and what your candidate stands for and represents. 

Yesterday, in church, my pastor made a comment that struck me hard. He said that many of us put our hope in a candidate and feel that if our candidate wins, we will still have hope for our future and for our country, and if we lose, then we will not have any hope for our future or that of our country. On the contrary, my pastor said that we should not put our hope in any candidate, but in Jesus Christ–He is our only hope no matter who wins this election.

It seems like such a basic, foundational premise of Christian belief, but I completely overlooked it! I fell for Satan’s lie that, depending on who was elected, I would either lose or gain all hope. I put my hopes in what my candidate stands for and what programs and policies he plans to install during his presidency should he be nominated. I should not have put my hope in a mere human being, a political party, a set of core values. 

I have already put all my hope and faith in Jesus Christ and no matter who wins the presidential nomination tomorrow, God will still be sovereign and in control.

So, go vote.

Exercise your right to participate in a democracy and count it a blessing that you live in a country where you have the freedom to vote, the freedom of speech, the freedom of the press, the freedom of religion, the freedom to bear arms, the freedom to congregate, the freedom to pursue life, liberty, and happiness. No other country offers these liberties and rights to their people.

Vote for the freedoms, lives, and futures that are hanging in the balance. Vote because its your right and because it is a blessing. Vote because you can. And, if for no other reason, just VOTE!!! 🙂

But know that no matter who wins, whether your candidate or someone else’s, God is still in control. He is the I AM who was and is and is to come. He is the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End. He has been in the future and knows what will happen so we need not fear. Whatever happens, God works all things together for the good of those who are called according to His purpose.

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2 Responses to “VOTE!”

  1. me Says:

    This is certainly not the only country where its citizens have all the rights you mentioned. Have you ever heard of, uh, Canada, just for starters? There are many countries that have the same rights we do, plus better educational systems, better health care, etc. It’s sad that a college student is so misinformed.

  2. Casey Says:

    Yes, there are other countries that have some of the rights we do. You mentioned Canada. That is one of those few exceptions that share some of the same rights and freedoms, but even in Canada, people there do not have the full right to freedom of speech (for one example). In Canada, it is illegal for citizens and pastors to say that being gay or lesbian or transgender is wrong and goes against God’s plan for our lives. If they say something like that (especially in public) they risk being thrown into prison. Many pastors and Christians have already been thrown into Canadian prisons for saying such things, which are only a matter of their personal beliefs. I would call that, in America, an infringement on my right to freedom of speech and to freedom of religion. Count it a blessing that you live in America! If you think that other nations are as blessed overall as the United States is, try living in those other countries for a while and see if they truly do provide you with equal or better freedoms, education, health care, etc.

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