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Thursday, October 11, 2018

From... MyFaithVotes.org

The primary season is upon us! Our latest newsletter is dedicated to ensuring you are prepared to pray without ceasing, in season and out of season, and you are ready to cast your vote in the primary elections. I truly believe God will use both our prayers and our action to advance His Kingdom this primary season.
Let each citizen remember at the moment he is offering his vote…that he is executing one of the most solemn trusts in human society for which he is accountable to God and his country.
-Samuel Adams, American Statesman and Founding Father
1. Know Why You Vote
Do we view voting in the same way as founding father Samuel Adams did? As a solemn trust in human society - a decision of which we are each accountable to God and to our communities and our nation?
We have in large part wrongly lumped voting with politics. But here’s the truth,the act of voting is not political, it is our sacred responsibility. 
Voting is a privilege that sadly much of the world does not enjoy. It’s God’s blessing entrusted to us.  We have the freedom and ability to choose Godly leaders to govern our communities and our nation.
The framework of our political system provides the greatest opportunity to select Godly leaders in primary elections.
It’s important for Christians to vote because the primaries will determine what the ultimate options are in the general elections. So if you want to have a say so later, you need to have a say so now.

-Dr. Tony Evans
It is in the primary elections where we Christians have the greatest flexibility to cast our vote for the candidate we like best. During the primaries, we are not forced to choose between two or three candidates, but instead, have numerous candidates to choose from. And frequently at this stage of the election process, there are many strong Christian candidates who uphold Judeo-Biblical values. 
Yet, it’s at this critical phase of the election process – primary elections - that so many Christians neglect to vote, either because of apathy or busy schedules.
A recent study conducted by the Washington-based research firm Lake Research Partners and released by The Voter Participation Center found that roughly 40 million people who voted in the 2016 presidential election will not cast ballots in the 2018 midterm elections. And it’s easy to assume that even fewer will vote in the primary elections.  
2. Know What Will Be Decided
It’s hard to believe the primary elections are already underway across the nation.
Texas and Illinois had their primary elections in March, and the rest of the other states will decide what candidates are selected to run in the general election in November.
The sheer magnitude of the number of elections taking place in 2018 is staggering. Over 8,500 elections are taking place this year, which makes it the most consequential election year in decades.
  • All 435 seats in the United States House of Representatives will be up for election. There are many close races, leaving the control of the House up for grabs in this election.
  • And 35 of the 100 seats in the United States Senate will be contested. The Senate will likely have at least one, if not two, Supreme Court Justices to approve, making these races critically important.
  • In November 2018, 87 of these 99 state legislative chambers are holding general elections for a total of 6,066 seats—roughly 82 percent of the total state legislative seats in the country.
  • There are 906 school board seats up for grabs across 25 states (in the top 1000 districts). Collectively, these districts serve 12 million students 
Many are closely watching the primary U.S. Senate races in Arizona, Florida, Indiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, Tennessee, Utah, West Virginia and Wisconsin to see which contestants will win their party support in these hotly contested races and earn the opportunity to have their names appear on the November ballots.
3. Know How To Vote
Make sure you take time to view a sample ballot for your district and research the candidates to learn what they stand for in light of Biblical principles.
Then mark your calendar for Election Day! Sign up for your free personal voting assistantwhich provides voting reminders, locates your polling place, assists with voter registration and absentee ballot requests. Together let’s be faithful with the incredible responsibility God has entrusted to us. It’s time to stand boldly and informed at the ballot box and vote for leaders who fear God and uphold His principles!
When you become entitled to exercise the right of voting for public officers, let it be impressed on your mind that God commands you to choose for rulers just men who will rule in the fear of God. The preservation of republican government depends on the faithful discharge of this duty.
-Noah Webster, known as the "Father of American Scholarship and Education"
You are to be God’s salt and light. Your voice is needed to be a source for good in your community. And remember, voting is not only our civic responsibility, but it’s our Biblical responsibility.
John Quincy Adams said it best, “Duty is ours, results are God’s.”
Together, let’s be faithful this primary season with the blessings God has entrusted to us -and vote!
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Jason Yates
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My Faith Votes