So go vote!

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From the Rector

November offers us, as always, the opportunity to exercise the most important right—and responsibility—a citizen of our nation is granted: the right to vote. By voting, each of us can influence the direction in which our democracy moves, on many different levels. Each vote matters. In some voting precincts, candidates have won and lost based on only a few votes. My advice, to anyone, anywhere, is get out and vote!

All voters stand on the backs of many brave ones who sought a better life and greater justice for all. I am not only referring to soldiers who have valiantly suffered and died for this right. I am also referring to the those who struggled and died in the Civil Rights movement, as well as the many women who suffered in the Women’s Suffrage Movement.

We vote also for the future. We vote so that children we will never know may have a better life. We vote so that human rights will be secured for future generations, and that justice and freedom from oppression will be realized rather than forgotten.

It is not the job of clergy to tell you which person or party for whom to vote. Aren’t you glad? I sure am!

But it is the job of clergy to remind us that as baptized Christians, our lives belong to God, including our decisions in the voting booth. Baptismal vows are not private. They are made in public, and they should shape how we live our public lives, especially how we vote.

There are quite a few baptismal vows required of us, from renunciations to affirmations. The ones relating most directly to our public lives are particularly visible in the these:

Do you renounce the evil powers of this world which corrupt and destroy
the creatures of God?
Will you proclaim by word and example the Good News of God in Christ?
Will you seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving your neighbor as
yourself?
Will you strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the
dignity of every human being?

So go vote! Vote as a citizen of the United States, and as a citizen in the Realm of God. Let your baptismal vows guide you as you seek to make our country, and all God’s creation, a healthier, peaceful home for all.

Pam+

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