Pastor Gayle’s Reflections
“Our vote is the means we have to make an impactful noise about the local, state and national issues that concern us. Voting is a powerful tool, and this is why we see so many focused efforts targeted at voter disenfranchisement. This is why districts are redrawn and political parties engage in gerrymandering. This is why voting rights legislation and access to the polls is constantly being challenged.
So as people of faith, what is the noise we want to make in the 2018 election cycle?
What are the sounds of affirmation or dissent that must resound loudly through this election cycle for school board members, state representatives, for mayoral and gubernatorial elections? What are the sounds of the faithful that must ring through the halls of Congress signaling our desire for change?
No matter your opinion or political affiliation, your voice – your vote – matters and you deserve to be heard.”
-Rev. Traci Blackmon, UCC Justice and Witness Ministries
I suspect that many of you are as tired of political commercials as I am, and we still have more than a month to go before midterm elections. Despite my politics-fatigue, I know that I will vote, because it is important to me, both as a citizen and as a person of faith. It is our responsibility to do all we can to shape public conversation and policy to reflect the calls for justice and care we hear and read so frequently in scripture. Voting for candidates who support policies that enact care for the vulnerable is a way to live into our faith, which calls on us to love our neighbors – all of our neighbors.
I encourage everyone to study what will be on their local ballots at the beginning of November. Talk to your kids about it, even if they are not only enough to vote, so that they understand the importance and responsibility of voting. Prayerfully consider how you will vote, keeping in mind the teachings of Jesus and the wisdom of the scriptures. Discern how God is calling you to engage in the world around you, particularly in the sphere of politics and public policy.