“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. --That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed…”

These are the first few lines of the second paragraph of the declaration of Independence. Notice that the Government derives its “just powers” from the “governed.” In other words, our founding fathers saw that the most basic element of the new nation they were forming was participation

The most basic element of participation in our government is voting. When you vote, you help determine who will lead our nation, make our laws and protect the liberties that we love.

Voting is something that millions of people around the world only dream about, and the peaceful transition of government that we are so used to is foreign to the experience of a great portion of the world’s population. However, even though we have this great opportunity many Americans choose not to vote.

According to the US Census Bureau, as many as 35% of eligible Americans are not even registered to vote, that is up to 65 million people. As a matter of fact. less than half the voting age population actually votes in any given election in this country.

Another area of concern is that according to data provided by the Pew Research Center, Voter news service and Gallup polls as quoted in a recent “Family Research Council” publication, only one out of four eligible evangelical Christians voted in the 2000 elections. Of 59 million potential evangelical voters, 24 million of them are not registered and only 20 million of the 35 million evangelical Christians who were registered to vote, actually voted.

Imagine the impact that evangelical Christians could have regarding the direction of our nation, the character of its leadership and the moral well-being of its people of we all prayerfully engaged in this most basic civic participation and voted

One author writes the following…

“Sometimes people of faith say, ‘Well God is going to take care of everything.’ But what Christians need to realize is that God takes care of everything precisely through his people…” (Father Frank Pavone Citizen, July 2004)

What is even more troubling is that a recent study by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life shows that nearly two thirds of Americans say their faith has little to do with their voting decisions.

Charles Colson Comments,

“Societies are tragically vulnerable when men and women who compose them lack character. A nation or a culture cannot endure for long unless it is undergirded by common values such as valor, public-spiritedness, and respect for others and for law; it cannot stand unless it is populated by people who will act on motives superior to their own immediate interest.” (Living in the New Dark Ages p. 67)

It is crucial therefore that Christians be registered, be informed and be voting their values and convictions. An informed vote takes effort and the choice will not always be easy, but it is always significant.The

For these reasons we here at Quail encourage you to be registered to vote. To assist with that we have provided in the church office and in the foyer on Sundays, voter registration forms. These forms are non-partisan in that you may register for any party or as an independent. Please take time to register and vote!

His and Yours,

Pastor Marc Maffucci