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- Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America
God has given us, as individuals, the ability to assess and discern. He grants wisdom to those who ask and He calls us to be good stewards not only of the money we have, but also of the rights and freedoms we have.
It is an important duty of a citizen to be informed and to vote. I think in this election, more than perhaps all others, it is important to vote according to your values and strongly held beliefs. These can be religious beliefs, of course, but they can also be beliefs about government, freedom, personal responsibility, economic systems, sanctity of life, and more.
We do not live in a vacuum and news is not distributed in a vacuum. Almost everything we hear and listen to has a belief system of some kind behind it. It is very important not to blindly accept everything we hear but to investigate, consider the long-term consequences, and ask if the candidate or message aligns with your understanding of a better world. Essentially, will my vote make the world a better place?
Facebook especially is notorious for "fact-checking." Can there be such a thing as "fact-checking" when it is driven by a philosophical agenda? As a believer, I wonder how the world (and the media) can dictate what truth is when they have rejected capital-T Truth?
Please take time to be informed and to vote. Your vote can make the world a better place!