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Your Vote Counts, America

- by Dave Meyer
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In today’s ever-changing world, it’s easy to become negative and want to detach ourselves from politics. There’s a prevailing attitude—even among Christians—that says, What can I do? Can I really make a difference?

It’s this mindset that causes us to be passive observers instead of active participators.

However, the Lord has made each of us stewards of this nation—and this includes our rights and opportunities as citizens of the United States. In short, we have a responsibility to take action…and promote biblical principles in any way we can.

You and I have a tremendous opportunity—the ability to cast our votes and make our voices heard.

Voting Is a Privilege

Today, many Americans take freedom and liberty for granted. They have forgotten (or never learned) the tremendous sacrifices that allow us to live in the most free and prosperous country in the world.

Many nations do not have a voice in their government—they live in fear, without the freedom to speak freely or worship as they choose. The early American colonists cherished these basic rights.

Sadly, in America today, we let little things like bad weather or long lines keep us from voting!

It’s time for us to take responsibility and protect what has been given to us. Voting is a privilege that should not be taken for granted. Regardless of how things may seem, our votes can and do make a difference.

The Power of One

It’s easy to underestimate the value of our vote. Throughout history, many elections were won or lost by only one vote...

  • California, Idaho, Oregon, Texas and Washington became states by just ONE vote.
  • In 1948, Lyndon B. Johnson, our 36th president, became a U.S. senator by just ONE vote.
  • The Declaration of Independence hinged on just ONE vote.1

Each and every vote represents the voice of a citizen of the United States of America. One vote speaking out can literally change the course of history.

Sadly, only about 50 percent of Christians in America are registered to vote. Then, only half of those 50 percent actually show up at the polls. That means 75 percent of all Christians are not taking advantage of one of their greatest opportunities to shape and protect this nation!2

The potential for standing up against ungodly things and making significant changes has never been greater. Yet, if we do not take the initiative to do our part, we forfeit valuable opportunities.

I believe when we take responsibility and do what we can do, then God will do what we can’t do. We cannot do God’s part, and He will not do our part.

I encourage you to take action and let your voice be heard. Your one vote could make all the difference!

Keeping God in Government

I love Proverbs 29:2 which says, When the righteous thrive, the people rejoice; when the wicked rule, the people groan (NIV).

In order to maintain this nation we cherish, it is vital for us to vote based on our beliefs and values—for leaders who stand up for righteousness.

As Christians, we commonly ask the question, “What would Jesus do?” We apply this question to matters of faith, family, relationships, and everyday decisions. But we must also apply it to government!

“What would Jesus do?” applies to educating ourselves on the important issues of society and learning the true history of America. It includes understanding our political process, how it applies to us, and knowing the consequences of our actions.

The direction of our country begins with you and me. Will we passively stand by and “hope” something good happens? Or will we take action and vote for leaders who will do what is right?

Make an Informed Decision

You’ve probably figured out that watching the political commercials on TV isn’t going to give you all of the information you need to make an educated decision. In fact, it may confuse you even more!

I encourage you to visit joycemeyer.org/america. Here, you can find a complete list of all of the candidates in your area along with a voter’s guide detailing where they stand on the major issues.

It’s important to look at their track record. Why? Because it reveals their godly character, and it will help you to choose men and women who will promote biblical principles. Although you may never find “the perfect candidate,” it will help you make an informed decision.

On Election Day, don’t just choose the greatest speaker or vote according to family tradition. Get informed. Then cast a vote for those who will stand for righteousness.

For Best Results: Follow Through

Our first step is to vote for godly representatives. However, the next step is just as important—we must follow through and hold them accountable. It’s our responsibility to make sure they do what they said they would do.

It’s important to pray for our elected officials and send them letters or emails of encouragement to show our support when they do the right thing. Conversely, if they are not representing us fairly, then we need to make our voices heard.

It only takes a few emails or phone calls before they take notice and consider making a change. It only takes a little time to make a difference.

Make It Count

Please remember that your vote—your voice—makes a difference. In fact, many of our rights have been stolen because of a passionate few who rallied, petitioned, and fought for their cause. They persisted, and they didn’t stop until they won.

If the efforts of a “few” can take away our freedoms, then I believe the Christians in this country—a much larger group—can make a lasting impact for what is right.

Much more is at stake than most Christians know. God is watching to see if His people will fulfill their responsibility to protect the freedom He has blessed them with.

If you’re not registered to vote, I encourage you to take a few moments to register today. Research the candidates in your area and begin to pray about your choices. Then mark your calendar for Election Day.

1. Carol Sewell, “What Were They Thinking? on Truth, Liberty & Legacy,” G2g Publishers, Inc., 2009, p. 2.
2. providenceforum.org