Vote Early…If You Still Can!!

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The line to vote early 🙂

Leaving the gym a few weeks ago, I noticed an abnormal amount of traffic at the library.  There were political signs posted everywhere, balloons, etc.,.  Since I had the day off, I decided to investigate (yep, being nosey for once!!)!  If it was early voting, I’d rather get it done than to try to and get my employer to let me off on Election Day…. only God knows how long the wait would be!  My decision to pull over and vote on THAT day was quite a memorable and life changing experience.

I waited in line for nearly an hour to vote EARLY!  Yes, a little over 50 minutes to cast my vote in one of the biggest elections of my adult-life.  This political race has generated all types of energy!  I have heard disrespectful things from both parties… each candidate has their strengths and weaknesses… everyone  is blaming everyone else for the current state of the economy.

I honestly think people forget that all choices have consequences… some positive, some negative…. some long-term, while others short-term.  While politics and religion are on the list of things “not to discuss”, I’ll simply say that the disrespect directed towards the POTUS regarding the state of the union is unreal.  Its like playing spades,…the man had to play the hand he was dealt!  His hand wasn’t stacked in his favor, so he made decisions based upon our current situation and the future he desires for the country.  He’s HUMAN!  No, all decisions may not have been AMAZING… No, you may not like or agree with him, but you should still respect the office.

So many people are still undecided in this election.  If religion and gun laws are ALL that matter to you, then you know what to do…If you have always made awesome decisions and DEFIED your humanity…handle yours!  Even though we have come through the Civil Rights Movement, there are still some people who are stuck in the Jim Crow south… people at the poles have had to face racial tension in line BEFORE ever reaching the ballot box.  The link below provides the early voting dates (if applicable) for your state, absentee ballot dates, and registration deadlines.  I urge you to get out there early!  Make your vote count!!!

Election 2012: Early And Absentee Voting, By State: http://apps.npr.org/early-voting-2012/

The line was literally wrapped around the library!!

Do NOT Vote!!!

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YES, you read it correctly….and you probably made the same face I did when I heard the crazy story about African-American Pastors directing their congregations NOT to vote. Soooo, I had to do a little research to see what the “HOO HOO” was going on!  Knowing the struggles of the Civil Rights movement, and even the Women’s Suffrage Movement, I nearly lost it for about 3.9 seconds!  So, since reading is fundamental…I decided to do just that…

Here are the links for the articles I read on the issue….

African-American Christians Waver Over Vote: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/african-american-christians-waver-vote-article-1.1161290

Anti-Obama African-American Pastors Have Deep Conservative Ties: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/12/coalition-of-african-american-pastors_n_1766777.html

Same Sex Marriage Divides Black Ministers: http://www.blackvoicenews.com/news/news-wire/48248-same-sex-marriage-divides-black-ministers.html

Black Pastors Aren’t Saying ‘Don’t Vote’: http://www.cnn.com/2012/09/21/opinion/martin-ap-black-vote/index.html

Martin’s ending (CNN) statement, and I quote, “Our job in the media is to inform and enlighten, not confuse. Running such a confusing, unsupported story lacking basic context and perspective does not serve the public at all.” is absolute truth.  The allegations did just what they were supposed to do… stir up members of Christian faith communities.  I pray that the energy created will have positive results.  I am a woman who believes in Gen 50:20 and Romans 8:28, so I’m not going to stress either way the pendulum of this election swings… I just want everyone to use wisdom at the polls.

One of, if not the biggest issue the black church has with the Obama administration at this point, is his support of gay marriage.  But, what is most unfortunate is the percentage of GLOBAL persons who are active in our faith communities… men and women who serve in leadership at these same churches, under the same pastors who are expressing their disgust with Obama’s decision.  As a woman of faith, my friends know that I don’t condone, but I can’t condemn them for the choices they make.  I KNOW that I’m not perfect, so I am not casting any stones.  The word asks that we not judge (Matt 7:1-5), and that those who are spiritual we call it out, correct one another in love while RESTORING…lest WE fall (Gal 6:1)…. #FoodForThought…  In Leviticus, the Bible does say that same-sex situations are an abomination, but we thank God for Jesus and should leave it in his hands!!!!

Yes, its CRAZY out here!  I will say that I do not agree with gay marriage…nope, not at all…, but my opinion did not keep me from voting. I am quite sure that there has NEVER been a president that everyone agreed with EVERYTHING they stood for (except for President Bill Clinton).  With that in mind I suggest that as a collective democratic body we move forward with the future in mind ;-).

…BTW…NOT voting is voting….

…Back to your regularly scheduled program….