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by rev. abby mohaupt

October 16, 2020

Have you heard about Faith Vote 2020: Answering the Urgent Call of Justice? View the trailer here and get your community involved in a watch party!
#GoVote - make a plan and stick to it.
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Stark contrast between Trump and Biden on display in dueling town halls - via CNN.

President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden weren't on the same stage on Thursday night but two simultaneous town halls managed to clearly lay out the stark differences between the candidates.
Then the Pharisees went and plotted to entrap him in what he said. So they sent their disciples to him, along with the Herodians, saying, "Teacher, we know that you are sincere, and teach the way of God in accordance with truth, and show deference to no one; for you do not regard people with partiality. Tell us, then, what you think. Is it lawful to pay taxes to the emperor, or not?" But Jesus, aware of their malice, said, "Why are you putting me to the test, you hypocrites? Show me the coin used for the tax." And they brought him a denarius.  Then he said to them, "Whose head is this, and whose title?"  They answered, "The emperor's." Then he said to them, "Give therefore to the emperor the things that are the emperor's, and to God the things that are God's." When they heard this, they were amazed; and they left him and went away. - Matthew 22:15-22
I work at a faith-based nonprofit that is currently working on empowering people to vote. As people of faith, we must ensure that as many people as possible cast their votes and that those votes are counted. We use our faith to inform our opinions of the candidates and our votes. 

Jesus was clear with the faith leaders and teachers of his time that part of our responsibility of being good neighbors and members of society is to participate in society. We must worship God and make the world a better place for all of God's creation.

We cannot believe in the Bible and also think that our faith exempts us from voting - not ever, but especially in a presidential election in which one of the candidates has shown time and again that he is racist, homophobic, xenophobic, and misogynistic. Trump has spent the last four years keeping his hate-filled promises to the country. Not to vote in this election (when you are legally able to) condones his policies and behaviors. What the debates, town halls, and campaigns have shown us is that Trump will continue to incite violence and division in our nation.

In this election season, we are called to vote in order to render to the government what is the government's. And because we are people of faith, we are called to pray as we vote and for the world around us.
Make a plan to vote. What day are you going? Where are you voting? What ID are you taking? Whatever you do: Vote
Oh God you call us to live out our faith with justice, mercy, and love. Help us to have courage and to do our civic duty to raise our voices to vote. 
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