Every week, I receive an email from my church diocese. Even in these times, with a veritable tsunami of messages hitting my inbox, I think it’s important to take time to sit, read, and consider the implications of its message. This week’s email, entitled “Special Election Edition,” particularly caught my eye.
It read, in part:
“Cast your vote, not on a partisan basis, not based on your biases… Vote the values of human dignity and equality. Vote the values of the rock on which this country was built. Vote.”
Sounds easy, right? It should be. But, too often, the sound and fury of an election seem to get in the way. Instead, politicians and others seek to use highly charged rhetoric to fan the flames of emotion so that voters will act, not utilizing their best judgment, but by casting their vote based on fear. Still others refuse to vote, out of apathy or ill-conceived principle, thinking their non-participation will somehow punish those with whom they are not in perfect accord.
In Boone County as across the country, there is a particular urgency in this election. Your vote is needed in every race, on every issue. In this election, your vote is your badge of honor. As November 3 rd approaches—whether you are mailing your ballot, placing
it in a collection box, or going to the polls--please stop to consider the weight of your single vote. Does it honor those overarching values that each of us hold dear and upon which this country was founded? Does it honor: Integrity? Hard work? Human dignity and equality? Respect for others?
As you prepare to darken those ovals, ask whether the candidate, the initiative, or the proposal advance those values.
Should each of us vote with these values in mind, the outcome—no matter what it may be—will ensure that the best outcome is achieved and you will have voted with honor.