What have you done this week? Taken some tests, wrote some papers, run it the Color Run? Impacted our country’s future?
It is no secret that the federal government may not have considered how busy the month of November is for college students when choosing an election day.
I know everyone is SUPER busy right now but that doesn’t mean you have an excuse to not vote!
On election day (which was 11/3 if you didn’t know), I was very saddened to find out how many of my students did not vote, and didn’t seem to think it was a big deal. Maybe you’re thinking that it’s too late for a “get out the vote” blog post, but I think it’s time to rally the troops and get people excited, ready, and prepared for the Presidential election in 2016!
You said you’re too busy, right? Maybe you need this much time to prep!
So, here are my top reasons why all ETBU students should vote and why politics matters to you:
- You are at least 18, which means you’re old enough.
- You are (probably) a Christian, and it’s your job to make sure God’s will is carried out as much as possible.
- There were some vary diverse candidates elected a few days ago, so you have no excuse to think politics is just for old white guys.
Allow me to elaborate… Let’s start with reason 1: You are at least 18, which means you’re old enough
Lots of things happen when you turn 18 (or around there at least). You graduate high school, maybe you start college, men at eligible to be drafted, and everyone can vote!
Voting is really a pretty big plus about living in America right now. If you think back in history, we left England because we didn’t feel like our voices were being heard, and lots and lots of protesting was done to make sure that EVERYONE (no matter the race or the sex) can vote.
Don’t you feel like you owe it to all those people to take 15 minutes and have your opinion counted?
Reason 2 that ETBU students should vote: You are (probably) a Christian, and it’s your job to make sure God’s will is carried out as much as possible.
The word “vote” is no where to be found in the Bible. It was written 1000s of years ago – cut them some slack!
But that doesn’t mean that the idea of electing good Christian leaders and praying for them isn’t there.
Take Proverbs 28:12, which warns us of what happens when we have godless leadership:
12 When those who are right with God win, there is great honor, but when the sinful rule, men hide themselves.
If Christians sit back and don’t vote -for whatever reason- how can we expect to have God fearing people leading our country?
Finally, Reason 3 of why ETBU students should vote: There were some vary diverse candidates elected a few days ago, so you have no excuse to think politics is just for old white guys.
First of all, Joni Ernst was elected to the senate in Iowa on Tuesday. That’s a big deal because she’s the first female senator from Iowa, and she’s a veteran. That makes her also the first female veteran to be in senate!
Also, Tim Scott is the first black senator to be elected in the entire South since Reconstruction ended in 1877!! He was elected in South Carolina on Tuesday.
There are a lot of other impressive firsts from this Midterm election, but I’ve saved my favorite for last:
Most impressively, 18 year old college freshman Saira Blair was elected to the House of Representatives on Tuesday. She is either the same age or younger than almost every ETBU student! Are any of y’all thinking of running for Congress soon?
I need to provide a small disclaimer… I have not researched the views or plans for any of these candidates. They might not align with my own views, or yours, and they might not be Christians.
By writing this post, I don’t mean to show support (or not) for any of these candidates. All I’m saying is that there is a whole lot that college students can relate to in politics right now. It is important to be involved, stay informed, and have your vote counted.
Exciting things are happening! Don’t you want to be a part of it?
Voting in Texas really isn’t too difficult. To make sure you are prepared for the 2016 elections, follow these simple steps:
- Go here and register to vote! You will then get a Voter Registration Card in the mail.
- Grab your Drivers License or Passport for ID
- Go vote! Your polling place is listed on your Voter Registration Card, or you can find it online by entering your zip code on this website.
If you are attending school away from home, you will need to fill out an “absentee ballot” meaning you will send it in the mail before election day.
If you still have questions, check out the Helpful Hints on Voting Early by Mail from the votetexas.gov website.
I think that about covers it! Now you have NO REASON to not vote in the 2016 Presidential election! It’s God’s will after all…