Congress Vice President Sends Message About Voter Registration
By Jesse V. Bottoms, Congress Vice President At Large | September 17, 2012
We want to thank you in advance for your willingness to help your church members fulfill their God-given duty as citizens to register to vote and then to vote. We have the opportunity to positively impact the direction of our country.
The goal of our voter-registration initiative is to equip evangelicals to be ready to vote this November. Just imagine the impact believers could have on the character of our elected leaders, the direction of our government and the moral climate of our nation if we are all able to cast an informed, biblically based vote each election. By not voting in each election we fail to carry out our Lord’s command to be ‘salt and light’ to the culture in which we live.
To meet this need, the National Baptist Convention has spearheaded a grassroots voter-registration, education and participation effort among thousands of Bible believing churches across America calling for 100% registration beginning September 23 –October 7, 2012,.
The objective of our initiative is to register thousands of previously unregistered, but qualified, people of faith, and to promote awareness of the immediate and long-term importance of voting.
The biblical basis for voting is solid. Jesus instructed His followers to be salt and light in their culture (Matthew 5:13-16) and to participate in government (Matthew 22:21). There are many ways to obey Jesus’ commands: but in particular, consider these: register and encourage others to do the same; consider His values when voting; pray for our nation and for the election of godly leaders. This initiative seeks to help persons of faith “follow in His steps” (1 Peter 2:21).
Remember, your decision to register and vote today will have profound implications for the America of tomorrow. So vote and impact the future!
Your Servant in Christ,
Jesse Voyd Bottoms
Jesse Voyd Bottoms
Vice President at Large, National Baptist Congress of Christian Education, NBC, USA, Inc.
Pastor/Teacher Beulah Baptist Church, Poughkeepsie, NY