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Reader Opinion: Make sure to vote

"Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other." Psalm 85:10 Sounds intriguing?

In my American Patriot Bible is an article titled, "The Privilege and Responsibility for Voting." It's why we, as Americans should pray, vote, pray.

Benjamin Rush, one of America's Founding Fathers, said, "Every citizen of a republic ... must watch fo the state as if its liberties depended upon his vigilance alone." The most basic democratic participation of citizenry is voting. When we vote, we help determine who will lead the nation, make the laws, and protect our liberties. Unfortunately, the church and people of faith often vote at an alarming low rate. When people of faith fail to vote, is it any wonder that policies are enacted that are contrary to believers' core values?

Not participating in the civic and political arenas not only violates historical precedent but ignores what America's leaders have always taught. For example:

"If America is to survive, we must elect more God-centered men and women to public office—individuals who will seek Divine guidance in affairs of state."—Billy Graham.

"Now, more than ever before, the people are responsible for the character of their Congress. If that body be ignorant, reckless, and corrupt, it is because the people tolerate ignorance, recklessness, and corruption. If it be intelligent, brave, and pure, it is because the people demand these high qualities to represent them in the national legislature."—President James A. Garfield.

I can't find the verse in Psalm or Proverbs, but it says how blessed they are when they are governed by a righteous leader. Amen?

God bless America! And be a good American and vote Aug. 14.

Stephen L. Heinecke

Baxter

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