Make your voice heard!

By Kristen Johnson

Vote, Vote, Vote. We shouldn’t be subjected to endless pleas from politicians to “get out the vote.” Shouldn’t we care enough about our country to make our voices heard?

We are so blessed to have this right, particularly for women, that we cannot responsibly ignore it. Just a few examples of some voter restrictions around the world:

  • Members of the military are not allowed to vote in several countries, including Turkey, Egypt, Venezuela and Colombia.
  • Members of the judiciary cannot vote in Egypt and Somalia.
  • Anyone with multiple citizenship cannot vote in Belarus. (International Consortium of Investigative Journalists).
  • United Arab Emirates, Lebanon and Brunei all have limited suffrage. (Policy.mic).

(These are just a few examples of voting restrictions in the world – clearly, it says nothing of the numerous dictatorships, monarchies, etc.)

Voter apathy in the U.S. is pathetic. In 2008 we had our highest turnout since 1968, and yet 4 out of 10 Americans opted out of voting. Mid-term elections have even worse turnout generally – in 2014, less than half of eligible voters in 43 states made the effort to vote. (Huffington Post). (And then we’re dumb enough to complain about how ineffective Congress is, when we don’t even bother to vote on who gets a position?!?)

Women’s suffrage, and the history of attaining voting rights for any non-white male is nothing to be taken lightly. It’s disrespectful to the men and women who fought to hard to secure the rights to vote to simply give in to laziness.

1 Timothy 2:1-2 (NRSV): First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for everyone, for kings and all who are in high positions, so that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and dignity.

Don’t be the silent majority. Be the change – vote, vote, vote!

Serve all with love.

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