Here, Pastor Gregg Matte shares five things we should consider as we prepare to cast our votes in any election where we have the opportunity to choose our local, state, and national leaders.
Being a citizen of the United States affords us a right that is envied by many in the world — the right to vote. As Christians, we often discuss the stewardship of resources. But have you ever thought of the stewardship of your vote?
Your vote is a precious resource provided through the sacrifices of other Americans through wars, legislation, trials, and tears. It is not to be taken lightly. We have an honor and the privilege to vote. May these 5 P's help you steward your vote well.
Pray each day for your city, state, and nation until Election Day (and beyond). Ask God to put the right people in office at the local, state, and federal level. This will allow your heart to settle in His sovereignty and you will cast your ballot from a place of peace.
Here are a few examples — feel free to add or delete topics to personalize the list:
Abortion, marriage, race, Israel, religious freedom, LGBTQ issues, ending human trafficking, the environment, safety in your area, the economy, military, taxation, criminal justice issues, education for our children …
This will differ on federal, state, and local levels, but we know that one person can’t do it all.
Actually vote, especially as a believer in Christ. We need people of faith to exercise their right to vote. In the last decades, theological issues have become politicized. For example, issues like ending human trafficking or abortion require both prayer from the church and laws from the government.
Trust God and steward your vote!
In Texas, you can register to vote or update your registration at any time. However, there is a deadline to do so in order to vote in an election — usually 30 days before Election Day. Visit the Texas Secretary of State's VoteTexas.org website for a variety of helpful tools, including:
You'll also find information on that page about polling locations, applying for a ballot by mail, election results, and much more.