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Saturday, October 4, 2014

Our most sacred duty

What card might you have in your wallet that is the most costly of
all? What card is most precious, and in my understanding, is most
sacred? If you do not even have this card somewhere in your possession
then you have abdicated the single most important duty we have as a
citizen. Abdicating this duty in some way limits your right to
complain.

This card is most precious, most sacred, most costly because it is a
card paid for in blood. It probably has not been our own blood, but it
certainly has been someone in our family, friend or acquaintance. This
card has been paid for by the sacrifices and determination of
generations before us and by those on battlefields today under the
flag of the United States.

If I were pope I would decree that not to act upon the duty of this
card would be the most serious sin of omission requiring absolution
before approaching the table of the Lord. If I was the president I
would do all in my power to close all businesses 7 to 7 and declare a
national holiday to make it easier to act on this card. Though not
very American of me to suggest, but just to name a few of the many
countries that impose a sanction or fine for not doing their duty are
Belgium, Australia, Argentina, Venezuela and the Netherlands. So short
of a sanction, what about a tax incentive for those who take their
sacred duty seriously?

Our voter registration card is that most precious, most costly, most
sacred card in our possession.

Faith as I often say, is not simply something in our heart or mind, it
is in our feet. It is action. True faith demands action. Faith without
action is dead. (James 2:14) Therefore faith has everything to do with
voting. Guaranteed is our right to disagree about how we vote, but not
to vote is a grievous sin of omission that demands a very serious
reason to forgive.

There are numerous examples of just where one vote counted and made
the difference. However we judge the outcome of our vote we cannot
deny that even if our vote was in the smallest minority, it makes the
difference in expressing the right to disagree, therefore freedom
itself.

As varied as our faith expressions may be, voting is an act of faith
in our country, our constitution, our fellow citizens, in ourselves
and in a power far greater than ourselves.

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