Vote by Conviction by Julia Bolden

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On November 6, my 18-year-old daughter will be voting in the election for the first time. While discussing the significance of this privilege, she acknowledges a desire to understand the issues at hand. However, the political process struggles to reach the top of her priority list.

Suddenly, I recalled a slogan from TV. “Your Voice Your Vote!” I said, proudly. A quick reminder cautioned that a word spoken appropriately must first be informed. Ere goes my “I Have a Dream” speech…

Mankind was created to be the ultimate authority on earth. When operating decently and in order, the governing process is designed to add structure to our inalienable right to choose appropriately, thereby enabling the function of organized society. As citizens of democracy in the land of “In God We Trust,” we all take on the burden of influencing the direction of a God-fearing people.

By not voting, our silence denies the very intentions of God, stifles productivity, and creates progressive ignorance.

But the voice of our conviction shines a light on true purpose encouraging others to bask in hope, dream the impossible, and walk in their greatest potential.

Just as we are commanded by God to submit to authority, likewise we bear the responsibility of standing up for and speaking out on what we truly believe. So, let your voice be heard!

1 Peter 2:13-15
Therefore submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake, whether to the king as supreme, for to governors, as to those who are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers and for the praise of those who do good. For this is the will of God, that by doing good you may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men—

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