Three Perspectives on the Importance of Voting
by Kalynn Brown
Who would Jesus vote for?” This has become a question that Christians have been debating for decades. Some Christians say that you cannot be a Christian and vote Democrat. Others disagree. What does the Bible say? Romans 13:1-4 (ESV) says, “Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment. For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Would you have no fear of the one who is in authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive his approval, for he is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is a servant of God, an avenger who carries out God’s wrath on the wrongdoer.” All I can do is put my faith in God, cast my vote, and trust that He will institute the governing authorities that will do His will for our country.
by Dakota Wise
The government makes decisions that affect our lives on a daily basis. If we want a say in how those decisions impact our lives and the lives of the people in our community, we should vote. Without the say of the people the government could overrun the people with power. Yet because we do have a say, we can keep them accountable, adding the American people to the current checks and balances system. Thomas Jefferson once said, “Should things go wrong at any time, the people will set them to rights by the peaceable exercise of their elective rights.” The greatest thing we can do as American citizens is make a difference. We can vote for change, and if it is not up to for vote to change, we can petition and have it brought up for the American people to decide on an outcome. That is a very powerful tool we have and something we should use and not let it go to waste. We as the American people have a unique right in our country to vote for who we believe in, who we think will take our country farther than we have been before. It is a right we should exercise when we can to express our opinions, hopes, and dreams for our country and our future. Voting is an important part of the American government and an important freedom we uniquely have as American citizens.
by Kelsey Smith
Over two thirds of college students graduate with debt. According to the Vanguard Group, the national average is $22,900 dollars. Yet, the debt does not stop there. Most of these college loans have an interest rate of 8.8 percent or higher. This coming election is a pivotal turning point in the lives of college graduates, and your vote matters because it will affect exactly how much you will owe in the coming four years. Barack Obama supports lowering student loan rates through the government and making loans even more accessible to students. He doubled the funding of Pell Grants in his last four years in office. Obama also put a cap on federal loan repayments so that students would only need to pay back 10 percent of their income to loans. Mitt Romney has a plan to provide more private bank loans for students and less government loans which may mean more money being available. Yet it will also mean there is no cap on interest or on how much will need to be paid back. Governor Romney also plans to roll back the 10 percent cap on federal loans and cut funding for the Pell Grant program. I encourage each of you to make an informed decision and go out and vote. It will affect your future – exactly how much money you will be receiving in loans and then paying back after college.