Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Do I Really Count?

So this 2016 election is really ramping up.  And every election, mud-slinging, name-calling, and character assassination abound. Some Christians don't care for politics. Some don't think their one vote matters.  And they would be correct.  However, *collectively* Christian. Votes. Matter.

After much statistical research (which makes my eyes spin and my brain hurt) primarily by Pew Research Center, this is what I have discovered:

There are about 245 million adults in America (i.e. eligible to vote)
46.5% of those claim to be Christian, which totals about 114 million people.

Of those Christian adult Americans, 82% say they are "sure" they are registered to vote. That would be just over 67 million Christian votes.  That number, my friends, can win an election. 

Do you know how many of those just over 67 million people voted in the 2012 Presidential election?  About 26%. 
 
That's nearly 50 MILLION Christians who DID NOT VOTE.
 
 
 'All that is required for evil to prevail is for good men to do nothing', Edmund Burke.
 

"Providence has given to our people the choice of their rulers, and it is the duty -- as well as the privilege and interest -- of our Christian nation, to select and prefer Christians for their rulers."
John Jay, (1745-1829, Original Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court 
 
So my point?
 
CHRISTIAN!! Get off your butt, and VOTE!  March 8th is "Super Tuesday".  That is the day in between plasmapheresis treatments, and I will have no immune system.  Will that stop me from voting?  NO!!  It's called an absentee ballot. They are not hard to get.  Go to you state's Secretary of State website for information.
 
We have an OBLIGATION to vote.  (See Romans 13.)  We cannot sit idly by and watch Donald Trump take over this country.  Nor can we allow Socialism to rule.
 
As a Christian, I feel the number one priority of any political candidate should be the sanctity of life.  Therefore, I vote Pro-Life. Period.  End of story.  I truly cannot think of one reason a Christian would vote for someone who is Pro-"Choice".
 
PLEASE.  Vote.  It is an obligation, but more importantly, 
 
 "It is an indispensable duty which we owe to God, our country, ourselves and posterity, by all lawful ways and means in our power to maintain, defend and preserve these civil and religious rights and liberties for which many of our fathers fought, bled and died, and to hand them down entire to future generations."  (In 1774, our founding fathers wrote this in the Journal of the Continental Congress.)