The 2018 election season is upon us, so it’s time to start thinking about who to vote for on Nov. 6. Early voting begins Oct. 17.
This year, North Carolina residents will be voting for U.S. House Representatives, N.C. State House Representatives and Senators, district attorneys, board of education members, county commissioners, sheriffs, court officials and judges. There will also be six amendments to the Constitution of the State of North Carolina on the ballot.
As you can see, the results of this year’s voting will affect what laws are passed both in Washington, D.C., and Raleigh, how our county governments and schools are run, what curriculum is taught to our children and how our laws are enforced. As the enemies of God continue to attack Him and His institutions, we need to elect people whose emphasis is on pleasing God, who rely daily on the providence of God and who desire to spread the praise of God.
But before we vote this November we need to do three things. First, we need to pray daily for God’s will to be done in our local, state and national governments.
Second, we need to be prepared. Voter guides are available from organizations like the Family Policy Council that help identify where candidates stand on vital issues. It’s important to know who the candidates are and what the constitutional amendments say before going to polls.
Research the candidates and issues so you can make an informed decision.
Third, register and vote! You must register by Oct. 12. The voter registration form is available on-line at ncsbe.gov or by calling your county Board of Elections. There will also be voter registration drives at various locations throughout the state and you can register to vote during the one-stop early voting period.
There are so many opportunities available that there is no excuse for not voting.
We also need to remind our legislators that we are pro-life voters, and we expect them to enact pro-life legislation to end the 27,000 abortions that occur every year in our state. The website unbornpeople.com will help you send emails to your elected leaders. Tell them they need to protect unborn children. We need to send a strong message that we won’t settle for the status quo during the 2019 legislative session.
As the Bible says in James 2:17 (NLT), “Faith that doesn’t show itself by good deeds is no faith at all – it is dead and useless.” Please don’t sit idly by and allow our liberty and freedoms erode away. Do something! Cast your vote.
(EDITOR’S NOTE – Ray Waldbusser is a member of Cape Carteret Baptist Church. He leads the church’s Culture Impact Team and teaches an Adult Life Group.)