How Much Does it Cost to Vote?

trump-and-clinton-at-first-presidential-debateHow much does it cost to vote? Well, that depends on what you’re voting on. For instance, it doesn’t cost anything to vote for your favorite ArtPrize entries, although you do have to be in downtown Grand Rapids and take the time to register on line. But, what about something huge, like a presidential election? In our country, the “cost” is about the same: you have to be a citizen of America and take the time to register. However, to vote wisely is a different story! At ArtPrize, right now you can vote for anything you like, so you can cast 1—1,453 votes. If you like it, you can vote for it, and that’s fun! Unfortunately, just the opposite is true in this year’s presidential race.

Did you watch the presidential debate last night? Trump and Clinton were introduced as the least-liked presidential hopefuls in the history of our country, and sadly, that reflects my personal opinion as well. Whether it’s a matter of voting for which one I “like” better, or even which one I like less, I just feel like throwing up my hands in despair. I believe this election will test each of our individual priorities and beliefs more severely than any previous race. I don’t have the slightest confidence that either of them is an altruistic statesman with the integrity and wisdom to stop our country’s sled ride into moral and financial bankruptcy. However, I don’t believe any of the 20± independent candidates—if elected—could do better (not to mention I don’t think any of them has a ghost of a chance of being elected). Bottom line: Are we sunk? I’d like to think not, but I’m fearful.

However, just when I’m feeling pessimistic about our country’s future (like last night), I remember that we can all choose to be part of the Kingdom of God. (“What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee” [Psalm 56:3].) This opportunity is open to anyone, not just in Grand Rapids or in America, but anyone who lives anywhere in the world. Like ArtPrize or the U.S. election, it doesn’t cost us a penny to vote! Like the U.S. presidential campaign, there are basically two choices on the ballot, and the “vote” concerns whom you’ll choose to be your personal sovereign: The Prince of this World, or Jesus, who is “The Prince of Peace.” I choose Jesus, because He alone brings peace to my heart, and I know someday He will bring peace and healing to our entire world.

Thank you, Lord, that despite the unrest and difficulties we all face now, we can have the peace that passes understanding in our hearts, knowing that we belong to You, that there’s a spiritual kingdom greater than any kingdom here on earth, and that someday evil will be overcome by good.

Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.  Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen. (Matthew 6:9-13)

2 responses to “How Much Does it Cost to Vote?

  1. There is a possibility of a third choice if Pence gets moved up on the ballot. I don’t know much about him. I heard a speech where he said he is a “conservative, a Christian, and a republican – in that order” I know those words mean different things, but overall it sounds positive – at least in comparison.

    Maybe Mr. Trump’s disgusting personal eagerness to engage in entitled rape will become the cause of his fall from the grace he has been offered by those who want a strong leader – at almost any price. “When you’re a star, they let you do it,” Trump says. “You can do anything.” “Grab them by the p—y,” Trump says. “You can do anything.”

    Many engage in pornography in which, what Mr Trump brags about, happens and those individuals watching the porn are aroused by the idea. Pornography undermines morality in so many ways.

    I understand our youth don’t so much believe in democracy. I am pleased – especially if it means they support being a republic. I comment on this as our parties are called Republican and Democrat.

    Of course we are not supposed to be a democracy – we are supposed to be a republic. The difference being that, in a democracy, people vote on whatever they want and the majority has their way. A republic limits that freedom by a Constitution or underlying standard. In our republic, an important underlying rule against which any law must be held up is the constitution and the bill of rights. For example, our republic is one dedicated to “liberty and justice for all.” Minority individual rights are the priority. The people have natural rights instead of civil rights. The people are protected by the Bill of Rights from the majority. It is interesting that the current democratic party is in favor of rights for the minority!

    • Could Pence get moved up on the ballot? Did you watch the vice-presidential debate? I was very impressed with Pence, and I would vote for him. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, and for your insights into our government and the primary difference between a democracy and a republic!

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