Every major American election in the last 25 years has been determined by fewer than 10 million votes.
What this means is that if 10 million more people voted the opposing candidate would have won the election.
The 2012 Presidential Election is upon us. In just a few days the final voting will have taken place and our next President will be chosen. Now is the time to consider; what kind of government do you want representing you in the future?
The current candidates are Barack Obama, Mitt Romney, and Ron Paul as a write in vote. This is not an article to urge you to vote one way or another. This is an article to urge you to vote; and to vote your conscious.
It is not an intellectual war we are in, but a values war. More than at any other point in history, our values are at stake. Issues such as the definition of marriage, abortion, protecting our borders, and our basic freedoms; freedom of speech, freedom of religion—all of these are on the line. Sometimes it’s out in the open and sometimes it’s subtle. I urge you to KNOW what you personally believe, and to know what the candidates believe (as best you can), and to vote accordingly.
As an American citizen, when you turned (will turn) 18, you earned the right to vote. Did you realize that you not only earned the right, but the responsibility? Every single American citizen of voting age has the ability to effect change in our nation. Each vote counts.
“For a nation to prosper it has to have transcendent values in which the citizens believe. The nature of citizenship in a nation is adherence to transcendent values that are usually placed in the founding documents. Our founding documents are the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.” Do you know what these documents say? Do you know how they apply to your lives? Do you know if our government is upholding them?
The definition of “govern” is as follows:
1. to rule over by right of authority: to govern a nation.
2. to exercise a directing or restraining influence over; guide: the motives governing a decision.
“Government was instituted by God for the purpose of carrying out justice. Government at its most powerful point is government at its most local point.” How you live your life each day is a vote for that type of government. For instance; when you live the American dream, going into debt, you are voting for a government to go into debt. If you cheat, you are voting for a federal government that cheats. If you demand that the government take care of the poor, that’s fine, but what are you doing to alleviate poverty?
“Live in this way—if the government sent someone to watch you for three months; your relationships, your work ethic, how you balance your budget, etc.; they could take that information back to the Capital and pattern the government after it and the nation would be blessed and God would be glorified.”
Whatever the outcome of this Presidential election, consider it a beginning, not an ending. A beginning to know what it means to be a citizen of the United States of America.
Every major American election in the last 25 years has been determined by fewer than 10 million votes. There are 30 million Christians in America. Your vote counts.
* Quotes from Dudley Hall and Dennis Peacocke