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Who Will Change The World? 10/19/2006

Our future is influenced at the ballot box.

America is in a constant state of change. Every two years, the governing power can shift in one direction or another. But on average, only half the eligible voters in the country determine the course of their local, state and national government.

We all know that our freedom is bought with a price. Many lives have been sacrificed to stave off the forces that seek to suppress our freedom of religion, expression, movement and thought. In my lifetime alone, Nazis, Communists, Anarchists and radical Muslims have sought to steal some of the most basic freedoms that Americans tend to take for granted.

As evidenced by typical voter turnout, one of the most overlooked freedoms is the ability to influence a government that serves the people, as opposed to those that enslave their citizens. I believe that it is not an inherent right or a mere privilege to vote. I believe it is best characterized by an idea that seems to be lost on the average American. I believe that voting is a duty. As good stewards of freedom, we are obliged to care, stay informed and be involved in the democratic process – even if it is only through the power of the vote.

Edward Everett Hale, former chaplain of the U.S. Senate, said, “I am only one – but I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something.”

The most basic “something” is the vote. All citizens should get out and cast their vote on the issues that not only affect us today, but also will affect our children and grandchildren. The issues facing us this election year are momentous: national security, border control, abortion, gay marriage, education, welfare and many other important decisions, including the Supreme Court appointments. Someone will determine how these things are handled.

Someone will decide whether we should pursue terrorists and dictators with military aggression or engage in soft treaties and handshakes. Someone will determine whether a child in the womb should be protected. Someone will decide whether tomorrow’s school children will be taught that homosexuality is normal or even admirable. Voters will decide which leaders will chart the course of the free world. You can be assured that those will little regard for the principles that made us great will turn out in support of their very liberal ideals.

America will continue to make changes, but change does not begin at the ballot box. In a sense, that’s where it ends. Real change begins when people decide that they care enough about their country to do something about it. Those who care enough to vote will be the agents of change. Will that someone be you?

The mass media seems committed to discouraging the voters who believe in moral and traditional family values. If you love God and country, do not be discouraged. Please, for the sake of our future, do not fail to vote.

Author: James Robison

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About the author: James Robison is the founder and president of LIFE Outreach International, an international humanitarian aid ministry; host of the television program, Life Today; and author of The Absolutes: Freedom's Only Hope.

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