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Why It’s Important to Not Only Vote, but to Pray
Written by Christi Given | November 4, 2016
For those of you in college or over 18 years of age who live in the United States, you are well aware of the election and the upcoming voting day on November 8, 2016. Voting is not only a privilege, but it is our duty and right as citizens of the United States. The reason voting is important is because your vote is symbolic of your voice and what matters to you, and how you believe the country should be run and on what principles and morals.
Regardless of candidates being perfect or you being a fan of them personally, you must look at what they stand for. Do they tend to be against what God’s Word says? Do they stand up for protecting our rights? Do they want to maintain freedom of religious beliefs and keep prayer in schools? Do they want to push an anti-Christian agenda? Is the candidate you are voting for supporting abortion or are they for protecting the voiceless like God’s Word tells us to speak up for?
…if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. (2 Chronicles 7:14)
It is advisable you go out and vote based on the person’s value systems and what they plan on doing that you may agree with. Many people have sacrificed their lives for us to even have the honor of speaking our mind through the polls on Election Day.
Because we are a democracy, we are able to protect our values and freedoms in the beautiful land of America. What is a democracy, you ask? Here is one definition:
“Democracy and respect for human rights have long been central components of U.S. foreign policy. Supporting democracy not only promotes such fundamental American values as religious freedom and worker rights, but also helps create a more secure, stable, and prosperous global arena in which the United States can advance its national interests. In addition, democracy is the one national interest that helps to secure all the others. Democratically governed nations are more likely to secure the peace, deter aggression, expand open markets, promote economic development, protect American citizens, combat international terrorism and crime, uphold human and worker rights, avoid humanitarian crises and refugee flows, improve the global environment, and protect human health.”
How should you vote and who should you vote for? These questions may be in your mind prior to Election Day, but remember every vote counts and your voice DOES matter. Our country needs our votes, but more than that, it needs our prayers, and we need to get on our knees and repent and ask Jesus to heal our land.
Billy Graham once said: “I believe that every problem facing us as Americans is basically a spiritual problem. Crime is a spiritual problem. Inflation is a spiritual problem. Corruption is a spiritual problem. Social injustice is a spiritual problem. The lack of will even to defend our freedoms is a spiritual problem.”
How should you vote if you don’t like either candidate? Ask God who you should vote for and look at the principles that each person stands for on their website.
[Sources: college.usatoday.com/category/voices; m.state.gov/mc1466.htm]
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