Wow, this past month has been quite the roller coaster ride with the daily fluctuation in the 2012 presidential polls. It’s hard to believe the election is almost over! I hope you’ve all made the commitment to vote and let your voice be heard.
In 1790 the democratic election process was established for white men in America. However, it took another 131 years before women’s right to vote was acknowledged constitutionally. And let’s not talk about the plight of the African American voter. Just think about it. Our forefathers (and foremothers) fought and died for the right to vote and yet so many people today take the act of voting for granted by choosing to stay at home on Election Day.
Why is this? Do they believe that one person can’t make a difference?
Whether my candidate wins or not, I can feel good in knowing that I participated in the process. I don’t take this lightly. Voting is my right. It is a privilege.
And it’s not just the presidential election that matters. When we cast our vote for our local officials we have the opportunity to impact the community around us.
I know there are some who believe that church and state should not mix. But as Christians, we are called to be political. As Christians, we are called to be change agents for the church, the society and the world.
Let your voice be heard. Get out and vote!
Deborah Calvert is associate executive director.