I tried but I couldn’t resist writing a post about the upcoming United States presidential election.  However, as recent as yesterday another Christian mentioned to me that that they are considering not voting at all. I’m taking a wild guess that I’m not the only person that has heard these types of mumblings in the Christian community. When I consider the state of affairs of our nation, I can’t remain silent.

Watch

As Christians, we shouldn’t bury our heads in the sand like Ostriches and ignore the challenges that are plaguing our nation.  We can hardly turn on the news without hearing of another killing of an African American by law enforcement.  There are still hate crimes occurring against the LGBTQ community.   The unimaginable crimes against our innocent children in schools that we’ve entrusted them too.  Gun violence. Domestic violence.  Race relations.  These are just a some of our domestic challenges.  I can’t begin to mention our foreign relation and foreign policy issues at hand.

Turning a blind eye and deaf ear has gone on long enough.  In order to fix the challenges, we have to face them. We have to elect individuals to the local, state and federal governments that will represent us by establishing and enforcing laws to eradicate or even lessen the challenges.

That reminds me of one of my favorite hymns, Blessed Assurance.  There is a line that says “watching and waiting, looking above”.  Not voting may be equivalent to watching and waiting on God to fix our problems.  God is likely watching and waiting for us to do our part.

Pray                                                          

Prayer is nothing more than having a discourse or a conversation with God.  In healthy conversations, there is talking and active listening.  Often times as Christians we do an awful lot of talking and not very much listening.  We treat God like Santa Claus presenting our Christmas list of wants and desires.  However, God has desires of and plans for us as well.

We are created in Gods image, according to Genesis chapter 1.  We are God’s tools or instruments on the Earth.  Each of us is created with a divine purpose.  In essence, we are the hands, the feet and the mouthpiece of God.  Our prayer time is as much an opportunity to hear from God and be empowered to complete our divine assignments.

The next nationwide impact divine assignment on the docket is to elect the next President of the United States.  The president that will represent ALL humankind, including the least of these referenced in Matthew 25:35-40.

#Vote

How soon we forget that many men and women of all religions and races fought and died for most of us to even have the right to vote.  To not exercise that right is to have them die in vain.  Remember:

  • 1868 the 14th Amendment to the United States (U.S.) Constitution granted U.S. citizenship to former slaves.
  • 1870 the 15th Amendment prohibits the use of race or color or previous condition of servitude in determining which citizens may vote. This amendment sought to abolish one of the key vestiges of slavery and to advance the civil rights and liberties of former slaves.
  • 1920 the 19th Amendment prohibits the government from denying women the right to vote on the same terms as men.
  • 1964 the 24th Amendment prohibits a poll tax for Although passage of the Thirteenth, Fourteenth, and Fifteenth Amendments helped remove many of the discriminatory laws left over from slavery, they did not eliminate all forms of discrimination.
  • Voting Rights Act of 1965, federal legislation in the United States that prohibits racial discrimination in voting. Designed to enforce the voting rights guaranteed by the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments to the United States Constitution, the Act secured voting rights for racial minorities throughout the country, especially in the South.

We have 35 days from today to watch, pray and #vote.  Please exercise your hard-won, inalienable right to vote.  I and all your other fellow Americans thank you.

Lisa (L.T.) Lewis is an Elder at a non-denominational church in Washington, D.C.  She works in the public sector and is the Founder and CEO of Kick Boxking Believers, LLC.  She blogs at www.kickboxingbelievers.com/k-b-b-blog and her book, S.H.I.N.E. & Win: 5 Keys to Conquer the Fear of Failure, will be available Fall/Winter 2016.  Click here to be notified of her book launch.

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One thought on “Watch. Pray. #Vote.

  1. As legislative liaison to state and federal government for the Episcopal Diocese of Southern Ohio, I felt compelled to write this blog about our responsibility as Christians to consider carefully our decision on candidates, directed by the life and teachings of Jesus.

    The Christian Citizen: Considerations in the Voting Booth http://wp.me/p3CZwj-xB

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