Ezekiel 33:6: "But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet to warn the people and the sword comes and takes someone's life, that person's life will be taken because of their sin, but I will hold the watchman accountable for their blood.'"
Blessing and Peace to you my yokefellows,
It is imperative for us as church leaders to remind our parishioners; voting has not always been a right for people of color. In fact, for most of our history in the United States it has been a privilege that we were not afforded. After painstaking labor, marches, sit-ins, boycotts, unlawful arrests, bloody beatings, and lives lost, we have arrived at a place where this privilege has become ours. But what good is a right and privilege that’s not used? That’s like winning a million dollar check but never cashing it in — it’s not good for anything! So too does this apply to our voting rights if we do not use them in the upcoming state election.
No matter your political party or preference, your vote matters. Your voice in the future of our community matters much. Let me be the first to remind you of that. What you do in the upcoming election will impact our children and generations to come. This is true for every election, regardless of how big or small.
Early voting began for the 2018 State Election. If you’re interested in knowing where you can go to vote, visit https://www.boston.gov/departments/elections/vote-early-boston. The deadline to do so is this Friday, Nov. 2.
If you don’t get a chance to vote early, don’t worry! Polls will still be open on Tuesday, Nov. 6 from 7 am-8 pm.
As always, there will be questions that appear on the ballot. Research them online for more information but here is a brief overview so you are prepared:
Question 1 | Patient-to-Nurse Limits
A Yes vote would place a limit on the number of patients a single nurse can be assigned at a time, and impose a $25,000 fine on hospitals that violate those ratios.
Question 2 | Limiting Election Spending and Corporate Rights
A Yes vote would allow Massachusetts’s top elected officials to appoint members to a 15-person commission. The commission would go on to research the current campaign finance system and make recommendations so the government can restrict political spending by corporations.
Question 3 | Transgender Antidiscrimination
A Yes vote would keep the current law that bans discrimination against transgender people in public places, such as restaurants, malls, and restrooms.
Please don’t believe the lie that your vote doesn’t count. If that were true, so much effort would not have gone into keeping voting rights away from us for so long. You owe it to your ancestors to carry out this civic duty. Without them, choosing whether to exercise your vote wouldn’t be an option because you still wouldn’t be able to vote. Because of them, we can. Be prayerful before you cast your vote and be encouraged that better days are ahead!
Let’s Sound the Alarm!
Dr. Larry Green Sr., President
Baptist Ministers’ Conference of Boston & Vicinity Inc.
Pastor | Teacher | Conference Facilitator
Staying Focused on the SON.
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