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By Staff | Mar 9, 2016

I’ve seen some pretty crazy things during election years, but this one trumps them all.

As we cruise toward November, we have some big decisions to make.

I’m not as cynical as Jay Leno who said, “If God wanted us to vote, he would have given us candidates,” but honestly I have thought to myself many times.”and this is the cream of the crop.”

That said, I will vote and I want to encourage you to do the same.

Walter Judd said it rightly, “People often say that, in a democracy, decisions are made by a majority of the people. Of course, that is NOT true. Decisions are made by a majority of those who make themselves heard and who VOTE—a very different thing.”

So as we head to the polls, let me post a few words of encouragement.

First of all, be sure you are registered, and be sure you actually vote.

Columnist Bill Vaughn wrote, “A citizen of America will cross the ocean to fight for democracy, but won’t cross the street to vote in a national election!”

Let’s have a record turn out!

Secondly, vote with an informed decision.

There is so much hypeso much drama around this election that it is a bit difficult to discern where the candidates actually stand on the issues.

Do your homework. Dig deep for truth.

Franklin D. Roosevelt said, “Democracy cannot succeed unless those who express their choice are prepared to choose wisely. The real safeguard of democracy, therefore, is education.”

Third, vote your values rather than by a candidates popularity or polls.

Typically, no candidate will align perfectly with your values , but you can find one who comes nearest.

Look at their record, listen to their words, and scrutinize their lives to discern if they represent your values.

And finally, I would suggest that we pray.

And remember, prayer is not so much about us trying to get God to adjust to our agenda, but for us to get in that quiet, humble place to adjust to His agenda. He is the God who speaks, and He is the God who said, “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.”

James the brother of Jesus wrote these words, “If anyone lacks wisdom, let them ask of Godand it will be given to them.” (James 1:5).

Certainly seems like we need great wisdom in this election.

Remember, as former Supreme Court Justice, Louis Brandeis said, “The most important political office is that of the private citizen.”

You and I make America great, and America will only be great as we continue to exercise the privilege of voting!