As I consider who I'm going to vote for in the upcoming elections,
several thoughts come to mind. How did I get the right to vote in the
first place? Who fought the battle to win my freedom to participate in
an election? It was a humbling experience.
America's freedom for the right to vote has been paid
for on the battlefield. Blood from the sacrificed bodies of the
committed armed forces were the currency used to pay the price. Lives
have been lost and families live without loved ones. The sacrifice has
What am I sacrificing to go to the polls and exercise this right,
granted to me at such a high cost?
Our forefathers built this country, struggled to prepare documents and
paid the cost so that future generations would have a voice in the
workings of the country we call the United States of America. I enjoy
this privilege because of the character and integrity of those who have
gone before me. American blood has been drained, only to seep into
domestic and foreign soils to protect this freedom I cherish.
Lives forever lost to the future paid the price never to speak or act
Has my country already sacrificed the one who might have
been President? I know among the dead are those whose hugs are missed
by a child, or whose comfort is forever gone for parents and
grandparents. Because of the sacrifice there may be no son or daughter
to carry on a family business.
I realized--on the battlefield the future of America was
The battlefields became the marketplace, and blood the exchange medium to pay the price, for a freedom of which other countries can only dream. Parents live with grief for the dead dreams of success for their children. Families live without a father or mother. Many times, wives struggle to carry on without the
breadwinner, who was also the head-of-the-house.
The gap in the generations never closes over the missing person.
So I must ask myself: Will I stand up and be counted by going to the polls
on Election Day or will I make excuses?
Not voting is a vote, too. It is my God-given right and duty to exercise my vote-the price has been paid
Brenda Blakely is a co author of The 11:45 Call, An Expository Bible Study of the Book of Jude. The book was the culmination of forty nine years of God's tuning she and her husband to work together. Amazing what God can do with two donkeys. Faithwriters #7537