VOTER PARTICIPATION IN TEXAS
IS 48th OF 50!
Although Texas’s voter participation had improved as of the 2012 presidential election, election watchers expect only 40% of its registered voters to actually vote in this coming election. We need to improve a lot more!
So…. Our election is November 4 and I urge all of you to vote yourselves and to encourage family and friends to vote. Regardless of your party affiliation, exercise your right—and duty—to help select men and women to represent you at the State and local levels.
It can be difficult to decide how to vote, but as Christians and United Methodists, we have help there.
First, we have scripture: “Love the Lord with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind …and your neighbor as yourself.” Those commandments give us initial direction.
Then we have the Sermon on the Mount with the Beatitudes, which tell us that we are to be peacemakers, be merciful, be pure in heart, etc. Those instructions lead us further in our thought processes about choosing our positions on the social issues.
And then we Methodists have the UMC Social Principles, which state in very simple and direct terms how our church, our faith puts those Biblical instructions into action. (There are copies of the Social Principles in the FUMC Denton library, and probably in most all your church libraries.)
There’s nothing anywhere about political parties…only about issues and our living out our faith according to our understanding of scripture. So it is up to us to choose the candidates who seem to support the positions that manifest the Biblical admonitions.
So continue to pray, read, listen, educate yourself, and then VOTE! Early voting is very easy in Denton County because you can vote at any poll in the County.
OTHER CONCERNS TO REMEMBER
We should not forget the refugees in South Texas, and in connection with that situation we have a message from Carol Barton, UMW Inc., social action….
Let us continue to pray for the people of the U.S. Midwest during their time of recovery from the severe storms that ripped through the region recently, as well as for the dedicated missionaries returning to countries ravaged by Ebola as well as for the victims and families.
United Methodist churches celebrate U.N. Sunday, Oct. 26, the Sunday closest to the Oct. 24, (1945) founding of the United Nations.