That Thing We Can All Do… for Our Country
Lucinda Secrest McDowell
Please don’t complain about the condition of our country, our government and our elected officials…
If you don’t vote.
It’s too easy to become complacent. We never lived during the time when only white male property owners were allowed to have a voice in the running of this country. But thankfully, brave men and women opened the doors for us all. Will we walk through them?
The women’s suffrage movement took activists and reformers nearly 100 years to win the vote, and their campaign was wrought with much conflict. But on August 26, 1920, the 19th Amendment to the Constitution was finally ratified, enfranchising all American women and declaring for the first time that they, like men, deserve all the rights and responsibilities of citizenship.
Your vote and mine do make a difference. Martin Luther King, Jr. admonished us to “never forget that government is ourselves and not an alien power over us. The ultimate rulers of our democracy are not a President and senators and congressman and government officials, but the voters of this country.”
As citizens, voting is our right and privilege. As believers, we have a biblical precedent to “Choose for each of your tribes individuals who are wise, discerning, and reputable to be your leaders.” Deuteronomy 1.13
But in today’s climate, it can be easy to feel that our vote doesn’t really matter.
Did you know that only one person’s vote in 1776 resulted in the United States choosing English as our language instead of German?
Or that in 1923, only one vote gave Adolf Hitler leadership of the Nazi Party.
Our flag would only have 46 stars if one extra person in California, Washington, Oregon and Texas hadn’t voted for statehood. (Frankly I can’t even imagine a country without those significant states!). In 1876 Rutherford B. Hayes beat Samuel J. Tilden for 19th president of the United States by one vote. Only time will reveal the difference our votes made in a lifetime.
Perhaps you did vote. But your candidate was not the one elected. This time. Will you despair or will you hold fast to these three truths?
- God is still sovereign. He is not wringing His hands over this latest election. He is in control. God reigns over the nations; God is seated on his holy throne. Psalm 47.8 Lord, God of our ancestors, you alone are the God who is in heaven. You are ruler of all the kingdoms of the earth. You are powerful and mighty; no one can stand against you! 2 Chronicles 20.6
- We are called to pray regularly for our leaders and our country. Prayer is powerful. The first thing I want you to do is pray. Pray every way you know how, for everyone you know. Pray especially for rulers and their governments to rule well so we can be quietly about our business of living simply, in humble contemplation. This is the way our Savior God wants us to live.1 Timothy 2.1-3
- God offers a purpose and a hope for us now and for generations in the years to come. I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say, ‘My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please.’ Isaiah 46.10 How great are his signs, how mighty his wonders! His kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and his dominion endures from generation to generation. Daniel 4.3
One day when your children ask you about this time in history, be sure you tell them that you made a deliberate choice to exercise your right to vote.
under the mercy, Lucinda
“Helping You Choose a Life of Serenity and Strength”
©2018 Lucinda Secrest McDowell www.EncouragingWords.net
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