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Reminder: Use Your God-Given Rights…Vote!

Over the last several weeks we have been outlining the importance of citizens–especially people of faith voting. With the election just days away, we’d like to take one more opportunity to remind you of how important your vote really is.

As we have covered in a recent post, voting is not only a civic duty but an opportunity to honor God as well!

Government is an institution of God, where the righteous can be protected and evil punished through just law. As a consequence, that means in the form of government God has given us, we need to choose wisely when given the opportunity to elect leaders who will act as ministers of God in government.

Through the years, we have witnessed the consequences of failed leadership without a moral compass. Honoring God with our vote means choosing those who would honor God through their leadership.

Of course, we cannot honor God with our vote if we are not prepared to vote in the first place. Part of our “Commit to Vote – Sign the Pledge” campaign over recent weeks has been about galvanizing voters through a written commitment to cast their vote this year.

While many in our community are eager to vote in a few days, some are unsure or may not have taken the proper steps to do so.

To assist anyone who would like to vote but may not be registered or are unsure where they should go on Election Day, we have posted this Voter Resource Center.

There are links on where to find your polling place, learn more about candidates, request an absentee ballot, and how to register.

Now that Election Day is upon us, we hope that you have found our resources useful and that you will make the effort to vote and encourage your friends and family to vote, as well. Your vote is important; it can and will make a difference! Remember, it is both our opportunity and our duty as people of faith and citizens of this country to exercise our God-given rights to elect our leaders.

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Introducing Our “Sign the Pledge” Voting Campaign

With the 2022 Fall Election just a month away, it is important to remember our duty as citizens to participate in our representative Republic and choose the leaders we believe best represent our interests and values. This is the power of our vote!

When we vote, we do our part to ensure the security and prosperity of our nation. While we may not always like the results of a given election, or the current direction of our country, we as citizens have the opportunity to decide our future with each new election.

Too often citizens become disillusioned or feel that their vote is just one in a sea of ballots that won’t make a difference. This couldn’t be further from the truth!

For example, consider the consequences of the 2020 Presidential Election. In our state of Wisconsin, for instance, Joe Biden won by just .63 percent. Yes, that’s right, less than 1 percent! This equated to just under 20,000 votes which tipped the scales in Biden’s favor.

But what if more voters turned out? Could things have been different?

In the 2020 Presidential Election, roughly 72 percent of eligible voters showed up to cast their votes in Wisconsin. While this was a great accomplishment, and the highest total in over a decade, this still means 28 percent of the eligible population chose not to participate in the 2020 election. More than one-in-four voters decided to stay at home.

Are you one of the many who may have felt there was no point to voting? If so, our latest campaign has you in mind.

Our “Commit to Vote” campaign is a reminder that every vote matters and every voter who decides to come out to the polls can be the difference in the election’s outcome. Using the “Sign the Pledge” link, you can add your name to the list of citizens who commit to making their voices heard through their vote.

And as part of this campaign, we have resources for voters to help guide them through the voting process. These resources can be viewed here.

This guide includes instructions on how to register, where you can find information on your local polling station, and a gentle reminder to put Election Day on your calendar!

We also believe our local churches can be instrumental in getting citizens mobilized for the vote. To assist the churches of our communities, we also created a resource outlining their rights within the political process, found here, and a legal guide found here.

In part, this resource notes that churches are within their rights to register voters, distribute non-partisan voter guides, and invite candidates to speak!

Election Day is almost here, whether you are feeling enthusiastic or a bit disenfranchised, remember, your vote is important!

Be part of the solution, “Sign the Pledge” and commit to vote this November!

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Honoring God Through Our Vote

As American citizens it is our responsibility to participate in the form of government God has given us–a representative Republic. “We the people,” as stewards of our Republic, elect the leadership that represents us and our values. For this reason, it is not just our right, but our duty to exercise our right to vote in elections.

John Adams had the following to say on the importance of voting:

“…It becomes necessary to every [citizen] then, to be in some degree a statesman, and to examine and judge for himself of the tendency of political principles and measures.”

Indeed, as American citizens we assume leadership over our nation through our choices at the ballot box. But voting is about more than satisfying a civic responsibility.

As followers of God, we believe that voting is also paramount in preserving the moral code of the nation. Scripture makes it clear that  government was instituted by God. Government is God’s societal institution of justice, and the connection between God and the civic order of America has been well noted since our nation’s founding.

John Quincy Adams once proclaimed that,

“We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Our constitution was made for a moral and religious people…it is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”

And yet, we now find ourselves straying further from these principles as forces within our nation become increasingly corrupt.

As our nation strays from our founding principles, it is no surprise that the quality of our leadership has come to reflect our failures.

Romans 13:4 says,

“For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.” This tells us that our elected officials are meant to do the will of the Lord. They are God’s ministers in government.

In America, we have the right to choose our leaders. So, when these leaders do not uphold our values, it is on us to right the ship.

Most importantly, we must vote, and vote wisely, because the laws of our nation will be shaped by those we elect. Good leaders will pass laws that reflect God’s standards, guiding society toward what is right. Leaders who reward what is wrong and punish what is right imperil our nation, state, communities, churches, and families.

From the beginning, God has given us a choice. The most basic act of good citizenship is voting because, again, elections have very real consequences.. By making wise ballot choices, we decide who best represents God’s will for our country. Honor the inheritance of liberty that we have received in this nation through God’s grace, and honor God through your right to vote! 

Take the pledge here to honor God and commit to vote this election season.