Tuesday, November 2 is Election Day.  I understand that many of us, myself included, are disgusted with the manner in which campaigns are run, particularly this year.  It’s hard to stomach the idea of voting for anyone on the ballot with all the mud-slinging ads and the enormous amounts of private and corporate money flooding politicians coffers to try and make the best case why the other candidate is more frighteningly unfit for office and why “our candidate” is the pristine best person to lead us.  Yuck!

Having said that, I still believe – deeply, passionately, and unequivocally – that voting is a civic duty and a moral obligation.  Aside from the fact that the Apostle Paul made a stirring case for respecting the authority of government in Romans 13 (why, he even told us to pay our taxes without complaining!!!), I am also aware that much of the New Testament was written in opposition to and in spite of a tyrannical and decidedly un-democratic rule by the Roman authorities.  If the Way of Christ can be lived out faithfully under despotic rule, how much more should it flourish under a government “of the people, by the people, and for the people;” in a true democracy.

Abdicating our responsibility has never solved anything, but only made things worse.  Our personal lives as well as the history of humanity proves that to be the case.  If you are registered to vote, I implore you to vote.  If you are not registered to vote, then take the time Tuesday to register for the next election.

Two good non-partisan resources to help you be an informed voter are:

The League of Women Voter’s 2010 Election Guide found at: http://lwvcef.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/Fall%20VOTER%20GUIDE%202010-%20FINAL.pdf

and

Judge4Yourself.com’s rating sheet: http://www.judge4yourself.com/ratings/Judge4Yourselfcom-2010-AllRatings-General-Ratings.pdf

If you aren’t sure you’re registered, go here: http://boe.cuyahogacounty.us/en-US/my-voting-information.aspx

If you need your polling location, go here: http://boe.cuyahogacounty.us/en-US/My-Polling-Location.aspx

To register to vote for the next election, go here: http://boe.cuyahogacounty.us/en-US/voter-registration.aspx

And whether or not the candidates you voted for win on Nov. 2, you will have done your part if you voted.  As the old adage goes, if you’re not part of the solution, then you’re part of the problem.  Go vote!

Gratefully Your Pastor,

Allen

 

Gratefully Your Pastor,

Allen

 

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