We went and voted – early – you can’t get me into a poll on Election Day. This was actually the second election Sarah helped me vote in, but the first “big one.” Voting is a right and a privilege that a lot of people in the world don’t have, but we do.
I was raised that it is our responsibility to vote and if you don’t vote, don’t complain. Well, as I have grown up and gotten older, I totally agree with that. I would add that as a Christian it is imperative to vote, to stand for those who can’t, and to support what our country was founded on. I want to teach Sarah from an early age about government, the role of government and our role in government. I want her to understand how exciting it is that we get to elect our officials. I want her to understand the responsibility of voting and the weight of that decision. So, as long as she can, she will go with me to vote. This year, she was just excited about the sticker!
As we walked into the polls I explained to Sarah that there are times that we vote “for” something or someone and there are times that we vote “against” something or someone. Now, that may or may not be wise advice from a parent, but that is what I did. I voted against. I voted against abortion. I voted against socialism. I voted against alienating the founding principles of this country. I voted against cutting money that pays our soldiers who keep our country safe. Somewhat I voted for. I voted for somebody who understands capitalism and that the “rich” are the ones who employ the middle class. I voted for somebody who understands that taking care of the widow and orphan is the responsibility of the people, not the government. I voted for somebody that knows how to save money. I hopefully voted for a better future for my children.
I have very strong beliefs about politics – based on The Word and the Constitution of the United States. I believe ALL life is sacred. I believe that capitalism is the best foundation for a country. I believe that a man or woman should be rewarded for hard work with a paycheck that they can use to provide for their families. I don’t believe that the government is to take care of me. I believe that we, as people – not a government, are to take care of our less fortunate. I strongly believe that the government is responsible for a strong military and these men and women should be taken care of as they protect our country. These are the principles that guide and direct my vote.
My prayer for our children is that we will live in a way that their foundation in life is based on Jesus. My prayer for our children is that we will teach them to always love, always. My prayer for our children is that they will grow up in an America that they can be proud of. My prayer for our children is that we will leave the world a better place for them. My prayer for our children is that we instill in them a sense of civic responsibility. My prayer for our children is that they will love the country we live in as much as Tom and I do. My prayer for our children is that they will understand the sacrifices of men and women before them that have given us a free country, the right to vote, the ability to worship freely, work hard for our rewards, and so many other things that make our country great. My prayer for our children is that God uses them in a mighty way to impact this world for Him!