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This is the final part of a 4-part series debunking four common myths Christians use to not vote. Read myth #1:Â âOne Vote Doesnât Make a Differenceâ; myth #2:Â âGod Is in Charge Anyway So It Doesnât Matter if I Voteâ and myth #3: âI Donât Like Either Candidate, So Whatâs the Point?âItâs election season, and with every election comes polling. And with every poll comes the quest for 51 percent. After all, just one more vote than the other guy and I win. The fact that the person with the most votes wins elections is the reason most of us believe that the majority wins. But is it true? Not entirely. Hereâs why.In the United States, the population is 327 million people. But not everyone who lives in America can vote in elections. To be eligible to vote, you have to be a citizen, at least 18 years old, and, in most places, not a felon.Out of 327 million people, only 253 million are eligible voters. But that doesnât mean all of them are voters. In fact, of the 253 million eligible voters, only 153 million are registered voters. That means less than half the U.S. population is a registered voter. But thatâs not all. Not every registered voter actually votes. In 2016, 137 million people voted, but they didnât all vote in every race. Only 127 million votes were cast for president.Put it all together, and we learn that 54 percent of eligible voters and less than 42 percent of Americans voted.As a result, Donald Trump was elected president with just under 63 million votes. Thatâs right. The President of the United States was chosen by only 25 percent of eligible voters and less than 20 percent of the population. That doesnât represent a majority of Americans, that represents a majority of Americans who voted.This phenomenon is true in every election and in every race around the country. Even candidates who win comfortably arenât getting support from a majority of their constituents.In 2018, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf won comfortably with over 57 percent of the vote, but he received the votes of only 22 percent of his constituents. Â The lack of participation in every election is magnified in close elections. In 2017, a Virginia House of Delegates race ended in a tie after more than 23,000 ballots were cast. Even one more person deciding to vote would have made a tremendous difference.In 2016, a New Mexico State House seat was decided by two votes out of 14,000 ballots cast. Two votes made a big difference there.In more local races, the drop-off rate increases, meaning that races are decided by a smaller number of total votes and a smaller percentage of the electorate. State legislative races are often decided by less than 10 percent of the people in a district. School board races are commonly decided by less than five percent of the people affected. Sometimes itâs closer to one percent.So, yes. Itâs true that the majority wins elections, itâs just not the whole story. Elections are not decided by a majority of a country, state, or city, theyâre decided by a majority of those who actually participate.According to George Barna, 61 percent of eligible evangelicals voted in the 2016 election. This means that almost 40 percent did not vote. In other words, four out of 10 people you go to church with do not vote when given the opportunity.Â Despite this, the church still has a disproportionate impact. According to Pew Research, in the 2018 election, white evangelicals were 26 percent of all voters despite being only 15 percent of the population. Imagine the impact the church could have if everyone did their part. Â The point is, participate. It isnât hard but it is important. If youâre not registered to vote, get registered. If you donât usually vote, fill out your ballot. Donât worry that not everyone in your community agrees with you, that may not even matter. After all, itâs not the majority who wins, itâs the majority of those who actually show up. Itâs our job to show up.
This is part 1 of a 4-part series debunking four common myths Christians use to not vote.In an age where weâre constantly told to follow âthe science,â everyone wants their decisions to be data driven. We study and research to ensure that what we are doing does not simply feel helpful, but actually is helpful.At the same time, weâre all told we should vote because every vote makes a difference. Weâre often told this by the same people who tell us that our decisions should be data driven. Sometimes the idea that every vote makes a difference isnât actually supported by the data. For example, in the 2016 election, 139 million people voted in the presidential election. Thatâs a lot of people.Those of us who followed the law only voted once. You donât need to be a math major to realize that one vote out of 139 million isnât going very far to determine who the president is. Letâs be honest, if you or I had decided not to vote, we would still have the same president. But our vote still matters. Hereâs why.While presidential elections are usually the first thing we think about when we think about elections, elections are about much more than a presidency. State and local elections not only have a big impact on your life, they are often decided by a small number of votes. In 2017, a Virginia House of Delegates race ended in a tie after more than 23,000 ballots were cast. The winner was decided by pulling a name out of a bowl, which also decided the majority in the Virginia House of Delegates.In 2016, a New Mexico State House seat was decided by two votes out of 14,000 ballots cast. School board elections, which happen in every town in America and determine what kids will be taught at school, donât have hundreds of millions of votesâin many cases they have hundreds of votes cast. Total. These are critical decisions that make a big difference in our lives that are decided not by millions of people, theyâre decided by dozens of people. Each one of those votes matters a lot.But thatâs not all. In elections, as in all of life, many small decisions make a big difference. When one person decides not to vote, itâs easy to make the argument that it doesnât really matter. But what happens if millions of people decide that voting doesnât matter? In 2016, there were 235 million eligible voters in the United States, but only 139 million of them actually voted. That means that almost 100 million people who could have voted chose not to. Many of them probably thought their vote wouldnât make a difference. But it did.For Christians, however, voting isnât just a practical decision. Itâs also about doing the right thing.Â Â Romans 13 tells us that government was created by God in order to punish evil and reward good. If any of us had been born into royalty and grown to be king or queen, our duty to God would require us to use the power God gave us to punish evil and reward good. Most of us werenât born into a royal family and wonât be monarchs, but that doesnât mean we donât have political authority. Those of us privileged enough to vote have authority, and it, like everything, came from God. That means we have stewardship responsibility to use our authority in a way that recognizes where that authority came from and what it is for. Indifference is never good stewardship.Itâs true that we canât always control what happens, but we can always control what we do with what we have, and thatâs what weâll ultimately be responsible for.
Mexican authorities have detained a group of men for their alleged involvement in killing three native Indian Christians and seriously injuring six children of the same evangelical family in the country's Chiapas state, BosNewsLife established Wednesday, September 10.
As the number of evangelical Christians in southern Mexico has grown, hostilities from "traditionalist Catholics" have kept pace, according to published reports.
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