My one vote does count

Published 7:12 am Thursday, October 27, 2016

Most of us have said, “I am not going to vote because my one vote does not count” or “I do not like either candidate.” When we do vote, however, there is more to our voting than the one name we select in the voting booth. There are others seeking office, in the U.S. Congress and at state and local levels, who will affect us whether we vote or not.

Your one vote may help select the next Supreme Court justice. It was four of these seven high judges who made abortions and same-sex marriage legal in America. The high court removed the Ten Commandments, prayer and the mention of God’s name from public schools, courts and state property.

Out of more than 60 million evangelicals Christians, half are not registered to vote and of the half who are registered only 50 percent will vote. In other words, only one-quarter of those who profess faith in Christ support righteous government.

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The government, along with the family and the church, was instituted by God, not by humanity. If we are not interested in choosing our leaders, then those who represent us will not have our best interests in mind. Christians are to be the salt and light to the world in order to preserve and guide it. The godly are to lead in what is right and wrong by example. God’s people are to support our government by paying taxes, obeying those in authority and, most of all, praying for them.

God still has to bless America if she is to be an influence for good against evil in this world.

May we be “…one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

Voting for those who rule us is a gift from God that we can keep by participation or lose by apathy. My vote does count because I have done everything I can do and now need to trust God to do what only He can do.

Romans 13:1 states, “Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God; the powers that be are ordained of God.”

Steve Conwell, pastor of Maranatha Baptist Church, is heard mornings on WFLO and WVHL in “A Thought For Today.” His email address is