Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Your Prayer Shawl Scares Me

"So don’t let anyone condemn you for what you eat or drink, or for not celebrating certain holy days or new moon ceremonies or Sabbaths. For these rules are only shadows of the reality yet to come. And Christ himself is that reality." - Colossians 2:16-17 (NLT)

The efficacy of Judaism, as a theological system, is dead.  This was the message of Jesus of Nazareth and, for that message, the Jewish leaders sought to kill Him.  The Law of Moses, having served its purpose, was to be nailed to the cross along with the Lamb of God who was taking away the sins of the world (Colossians 2:14).  The Law's ultimate purpose was as a teacher to bring men to Christ and, once an individual is in Christ, the authority of the Law ceases to exist (Galatians 3:19-25).  It is by true faith leading to the New Birth that one is "circumcised" in the means that God now recognizes (Romans 2:25-29; Colossians 2:8-13).  Thus, the one who would cling to any of the traditions of the Law does so in great peril making Christ of absolutely no value (Galatians 5:1-6).

This very bold introduction is because of the gravity of the proposition.  A Christian attempting to keep the traditions of the Law is described in the New Testament as "entangled," under a "yoke of bondage" who is "obligated to keep the entire Law" and "fallen from grace" and "under a curse."  Given that fact, it is not a subject which should be dealt with softly nor can there be sufficient emphasis on the Biblical mandate to follow the Perfect Law of Liberty instead of the Law of Sin and Death.  The Apostle Paul warned the Galatians, "Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace" (Galatians 5:4).  But what about those who keep portions of the Law but do not do so as a matter of justification?

At this point, the matter gets a little blurry.

For Christians there is something fascinating about Judaism.  This is not altogether unmerited.  After all, Christianity is, by nature, the wild olive branch grafted onto the natural (Romans 11:11-31).  The Jewish root of the Church is undeniable.  We are, by faith, children of Abraham (Galatians 3:7, 29).  We are those "Jews" which are ones inwardly through the circumcision of the heart (Romans 2:28-29).  The Church is that entity which, in Christ, fulfills the Law (Romans 3:29-31).  Christ has torn down the middle wall which divides Jew and Gentile making them one new man in Him (Ephesians 2:14-16).  The Christian is a resident of God's Jerusalem (Galatians 4:26), has come to Mount Zion (Hebrews 12:22), a citizen of the commonwealth of Israel (Ephesians 2:11-13) and part of the Body which has now become the people of God (1 Peter 2:9-10).

Again, the Jewish root of the Church is undeniable.  But the Law and the Prophets, the ordinances of the Law, the Sabbaths, feasts, festivals, sacrifices and the like, are only shadows.  They are Christ's shadow (Colossians 2:16-17), shadowy examples of Divine things in Christ (Hebrews 8:5-6), figures of the future sacrifice of Christ (Hebrews 9:1-10, 10:1-18) with the overarching message that the actual substance, the thing to attain and cling to, is Christ; not the shadow.

It is not altogether unusual to see Christians keeping traditions of the Law.  The Apostle Paul dealt with this issue quite thoroughly in Romans 14.  In that passage, which should serve as a model for Christian liberty and conviction, Paul confronts the issue of Christians clinging to certain dietary aspects of the Law.  His conclusion was simple:  if you wish to carry a dietary restriction because of your conscience, do so understanding that it doesn't make you a better person, closer to God, more spiritual, a stronger Christian or more justified in the eyes of God.  Don't command others to do it.  Don't look down on others who don't do what you do.  Keep it to yourself and be happy about it (Romans 14:22-23).  But if you're doing it because you are keeping some trapping of the Law (dietary restrictions, prayer shawls, Sabbaths, feasts, etc.) because you think it pleases God for you to do so, you're wrong.  It might satisfy your conscience in some way, but, in doing so, you prove yourself to be weak (1 Corinthians 8:11-13).

This is one of the reasons there is the potential to completely fall from grace in keeping the traditions of the Law  (Galatians 5:4).  The Christian who does so is revealing a personal spiritual weakness.  Trying to hold to a shadow when the substance stands before you can be a great sign of distance from God.  The light shines from Christ (2 Corinthians 4:6).  The shadow is cast before Him.  You cannot embrace the shadow without, to some degree, turning your back on Christ.  This is what is so frightening about seeing Christians keeping these aspects of the Law.

Furthermore, it is one thing to have an appreciation and curiosity in regard to Biblical Judaism.  But the facets of Judaism most often embraced by Christians are not necessarily Biblical.  It must be remembered that Judaism, as it appears today, has not been Judaism according to the Biblical form in many centuries.  When a Christian wears a "Jewish" prayer shawl (tallit) or the skullcap (kippah), they are not fulfilling Numbers 15:38-40 or any other point of the Law.  They are dressing in garments which developed much later than the Old Testament period and perpetuating extra-Biblical Talmudic Judaism.  Be mindful that this is the same form of Judaism which claims Jesus of Nazareth was the illegitimate son of an adulteress who was, Himself, an attempted adulterer, sorcerer and idolater.  These are they which call Him "son of Pantera" to emphasize a supposed relationship between Mary and a Roman soldier or political official who was the real father of Jesus.  It is the same Talmudic Judaism which insists that Jesus of Nazareth is held in eternal punishment writhing in "boiling excrement" and who, hopefully, will have His name and memory completely blotted out.

How can a Christian hold hands in any form of identification with this?

Returning to Romans 14, we must agree with the Holy Spirit as He spoke through the Apostle Paul.  If a Christian holds a personal conviction in regard to anything, inasmuch as it doesn't violate the Word of God, let it be so and let that individual hold that conviction to himself before God without mandating such upon any other Believer.  This applies to both Saint and Minister.  The Pastor, Evangelist, Teacher or Minister who teaches others they must do these things is violating the Word of God in doing so.  If you have a conviction, keep it to yourself before God.  Those who lead their congregations into Sabbath worship, keeping of feasts and other matters does so in contradiction to and rebellion against the Word of God.  Holding to it yourself is fine; insisting others must do so is not.

That an individual Christian returns to embrace portions of the traditions of the Law is a frightening thing.  It would appear that it begins with a small point and, most often, evolves into feelings of superiority or, akin to it, feelings that other Christians who do not observe such things are inferior, rebellious, in fellowship with the "harlot church" or, in some way, shape or form, displeasing to God.  It is frightening because it is, most often, a slippery slope.  The Law is a dangerous thing to play with once an individual experiences grace.  It will bring you into bondage and rob you of the gift of grace.  Sadly, those who walk this road most often do so in the name of drawing nearer to and pleasing God.

But let it be understood now just as it was in the days of the Apostles and as it has been stated before, "Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace" (Galatians 5:4).  Let us strive not to be, as the Holy Spirit addressed our Brethren of old, "foolish Galatians."


1 O foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you? It was before your eyes that Jesus Christ was publicly portrayed as crucified. 2 Let me ask you only this: Did you receive the Spirit by works of the law or by hearing with faith? 3 Are you so foolish? Having begun by the Spirit, are you now being perfected by the flesh? 4 Did you suffer so many things in vain—if indeed it was in vain? 5 Does he who supplies the Spirit to you and works miracles among you do so by works of the law, or by hearing with faith— 6 just as Abraham “believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness”?

7 Know then that it is those of faith who are the sons of Abraham. 8 And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel beforehand to Abraham, saying, “In you shall all the nations be blessed.” 9 So then, those who are of faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith.

10 For all who rely on works of the law are under a curse; for it is written, “Cursed be everyone who does not abide by all things written in the Book of the Law, and do them.” 11 Now it is evident that no one is justified before God by the law, for “The righteous shall live by faith.” 12 But the law is not of faith, rather “The one who does them shall live by them.” 13 Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us—for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree”— 14 so that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we might receive the promised Spirit through faith.

15 To give a human example, brothers: even with a man-made covenant, no one annuls it or adds to it once it has been ratified. 16 Now the promises were made to Abraham and to his offspring. It does not say, “And to offsprings,” referring to many, but referring to one, “And to your offspring,” who is Christ. 17 This is what I mean: the law, which came 430 years afterward, does not annul a covenant previously ratified by God, so as to make the promise void. 18 For if the inheritance comes by the law, it no longer comes by promise; but God gave it to Abraham by a promise.

19 Why then the law? It was added because of transgressions, until the offspring should come to whom the promise had been made, and it was put in place through angels by an intermediary. 20 Now an intermediary implies more than one, but God is one.

21 Is the law then contrary to the promises of God? Certainly not! For if a law had been given that could give life, then righteousness would indeed be by the law. 22 But the Scripture imprisoned everything under sin, so that the promise by faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe.

23 Now before faith came, we were held captive under the law, imprisoned until the coming faith would be revealed. 24 So then, the law was our guardian until Christ came, in order that we might be justified by faith. 25 But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian, 26 for in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith. 27 For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 And if you are Christ's, then you are Abraham's offspring, heirs according to promise.

And to these things we can only say, "Amen and Amen."

Hymspirational Moment #10

"He'll Understand And Say 'Well Done'"

Verse 1
If when you give the best of your service,
Telling the world that the Savior is come;
Be not dismayed when men don't believe you;
He understands; and say, "Well done."

Oh when I come to the end of my journey,
Weary of life and the battle is won;
Carrying the staff and the cross of redemption,
He'll understand and say, "Well done."

Verse 2
Misunderstood, the Savior of sinners,
Hung on the cross; He was God's only Son;
Oh! hear Him call His Father in Heav'n,
"Not my will, but Thine be done." 

Verse 3
If when this life of labor is ended,
And the reward of the race you have run;
Oh! the sweet rest prepared for faithful
Will be His blest and final, "Well done." 

Verse 4
But if you try and fail in your trying,
Hands sore and scarred from the work you've begun;
Take up your cross, run quickly to meet Him;
He'll understand; and say, "Well done."

Do you ever fall on your knees in prayer, close your eyes and say, "Lord, you know I've done my best?"  And when you can say it justifiably and not in self-deception, it is a most emotional expression.  It is a statement uttered often in a time of great despair; when everything has been done to the best of our ability in obedience to the Lord and, yet, appear to end in failure.  This is very true in regard to trying to convince our fellow man of the Lordship of Christ and the lessons of the Gospel.

It is no wonder that we reach to the lost and often find ourselves and our message rejected.  The Lord Jesus, while walking the plains and hillsides of Judea, did all in His ability to minister to and reach for anyone and everyone.  Nevertheless, there was no shortage of voices crying out, "Crucify him" when the end came.  He suffered, hung on a cross and died all at the hands of those He had done His best to help.

And while we do our best in this life, both in reaching the lost and trying to work faithfully for our Savior, we will find ourselves weary and sore from the labor.  There is a promise of rest for the Christian at the end of the journey.  Yet, in the meantime, the promise of heaven seems very far away and too distant to give us comfort.  The beauties of heaven and eternity remain ever sure and give hope to the weary worker.  But there is even more in that place of celestial beauty and peace to give us cause to rejoice.

There in eternity we will find Jesus Christ.  We will have the opportunity to stand before Him and receive what we probably never will receive in this life from anyone: a just judgment.  The books will be opened and the Lamb's Book of Life besides and, if our name is found therein, we will hear Him say, "Well done."  He who suffered violent oppression and died a shameful death overcame it all, rising from the dead the third day and ascending into heaven to rule and reign forever.  No matter the pain of failure and defeat we might feel during our earthly journey, we have a Blessed Kinsman who felt our pain all along, understands all the unknown "whys" and invites us to join Him in His Kingdom of eternal life.

All around us might criticize, critique and judge harshly our accomplishments or lack thereof.  Yet the person of Jesus Christ stands with arms open welcoming us to come unto Him.  He'll understand when no one else does.  He'll understand and say, "Well done."

Sunday, November 13, 2016

The Pagan Origins of Spring Cleaning (2016 Edition)

Februss - The Roman Deity
Honored By Spring Cleaning
"Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled." - Titus 1:15 (KJV)

The season is coming upon us again.  That means it's time to revisit this subject once more.  "The Pagan Origins of Spring Cleaning" was one of the most read and shared articles from The Bruised Reed Blog in 2015 and we are sharing it once again by popular demand.    

Speaking of the December season and related celebrations both religious and secular, Edward Pola and George Wyle wrote a song in 1963 titled, "It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year."  In it they lauded the roasting of marshmallows, the joy of children playing and, yes, even the dreaded pagan term "Christmas."  Lately this song has been playing on the radio and in retailers across America. And so, once again, we are made aware that the world is turning its calendars nearer to the 25th of December and we are left to debate whether or not this time of the year is wonderful at all.

To some it is shunned as Saturnalia (even though that event was actually commemorated on the 17th of December, not the 25th).  To others it is shunned as the birthday of the deity Mithras (even though Mithraic mysticism did not commemorate a birth of its deity).  To others it is shunned as a day dedicated to the worship of a late Roman deity called the Unconquerable Sun (even though Sunday is also a day specifically dedicated to the same deity which few seem to object to).  To some it is accepted as the birthday of Jesus Christ (even though there is absolutely no evidence of this).  To others it is celebrated as a day of religious remembrance of the birth of the Savior (even though no such celebration is mandated or mentioned in Scripture).  To others it is a holiday, either secular, familiar or religious, used as a time for family to gather much like Thanksgiving Day.  

Regardless, somewhere around Black Friday in the United States religious zealots on two fronts begin sharpening their swords in eager anticipation of December 1st when, after a year of the subject sleeping soundly, the war once again begins to rage.  On one side we have the Pro-Christmas Zealots who, with Bible in one hand and candy canes in the other, begin to hurl tinsel covered evergreens across the battlefield at their opponents while tugging on their ugly Christmas sweaters and adjusting their goofy reindeer horn headbands.  To the other side are the Anti-Christmas Zealots who, with Bible in one hand and Alexander Hislop's "The Two Babylons" in the other, fire furious salvos of pagan artwork depicting December deities in full celebratory regalia while proudly sporting "Bah Humbug" and "Vote For Grinch" t-shirts.  

Between the two sides is a battlefield littered with the broken bodies of gingerbread men, Santa's burning in effigy, smoldering mistletoe, chestnuts burning over open fires and scattered pieces of Jeremiah 10 (King James Version only please) along with a multitude of confused people who simply stand looking at each other with perplexed faces wondering what just happened.  You see, they are the residents of the middle ground and, for them, both sides seem a little odd.  After all, for 11 months of the year both sides are fighting for the same cause.  But with the turn of a page on the calendar everything changed.  Why?  The Pro-Christmas Zealots might say they are defending against puritanical Pharisaical Christianity while the Anti-Christmas Zealots might say they are defending against libertine neo-Pagan Christianity.  

By all means, let us all agree that paganism is pagan and, therefore, not Christian.  But let us go further into the business of paganism and, specifically, that of pagan origins.  Let us consider a grossly pagan practice steeped in idolatry and, yet, practiced by many Christians today:  SPRING CLEANING.  

Yes, Christian housewife, you are potentially leading your children into the very clutches of Satan's claws by insisting that they assist you in the ritual purification ceremony called SPRING CLEANING.  What you are probably not aware of, but thankfully have an authority such as myself to instruct you concerning, is the horribly pagan origin of this seemingly innocent practice in which a housewife systematically demolishes an entire household so that it may be set in order once again.  Lifting your broom against the evil dust bunnies which lurk under the couch may seem like a good practice to you, but are you aware that you are performing a ritual in honor of the Roman deity Februss?  That's right!  The god for whom our month February is named to honor was the god of ritual purification and, when springtime rolls around, was honored by a month-long period of washing, cleaning and purification of persons, homes and lands.  

Februalia, as it was called, is very easily identifiable with our modern practice of SPRING CLEANING!  Notice the similarities:  Februalia began in February.  In warmer climates, it is not unusual for individuals to begin their SPRING CLEANING in February as the coldest parts of winter begin to pass.  Regardless, as with the correlation between Saturnalia and Christmas, Februalia and SPRING CLEANING may not necessarily occur on the same day but their ceremonies are linked because of similarity.  With Februalia houses and persons would be purified by washing and cleaning.  All this time you thought washing those windows, scrubbing those floors and airing the house out was just in order to expel the must of winter.  Such ignorance!  You've been celebrating Februalia and are participating in a pagan celebration!  

SPRING CLEANING is an accepted Christian practice with roots deeply tied to paganism and is directly correlated to the keeping of Februalia in honor of the god Februss.  Now that you know the pagan origins of SPRING CLEANING can you continue to practice it with a clear conscience?  Do you believe God is pleased with your keeping of Februalia?  Is it not idolatry to perform an act in honor of the god Februss?

Are you still reading this without laughing at my premise?

But here is the part that is not laughable.  Are you aware that, according to Scripture, if you really believe SPRING CLEANING is a ceremony in honor of a pagan deity and your conscience condemns you for doing it, you are wrong to do so?  Yes, dear Christian reader, the Holy Spirit through the Apostle Paul gave clear directive in regards to such matters in Romans 14.  If you have a personal conviction regarding SPRING CLEANING then you are bound by your conviction and your refusal to participate therein should be done to the honoring of God and not the shaming or shunning of your Brother.  On the other hand, if you do not believe SPRING CLEANING is a ceremony in honor of a pagan deity and your conscience does not condemn you for doing it, you are not wrong in doing so and should keep the practice of spring cleaning in honor of the Lord God and not for the shaming or shunning of your Brother.  

Romans 14 is an easily forgotten passage of Scripture because it removes from every Christian the right to judge another Christian on issues which are not addressed with specificity in the Scriptures.  For the Apostle Paul the issue was the keeping of Jewish religious holidays and dietary laws.  Nowhere in the New Covenant was the keeping of these portions of the Law of Moses mandated neither was it condemned.  They fell into a category we could call "personal."  Romans 14:1 called them "doubtful disputations" in the KJV or, perhaps more clearly understood, "opinions" in the ESV.  If an individual wanted to abstain from eating meat as a personal conviction, they could.  However, they were forbidden by God from condemning their Brother who ate meat.  If an individual wanted to have their Assembly on Friday or Tuesday instead of Sunday then it was a matter of personal preference.  They were not to be condemned for doing so neither were they to condemn others for not doing so.  

The entire issue of Romans 14 comes back to motive.  Why is the Brother observing a day?  Why is a Brother not observing a day?  Why is a Brother eating meat?  Why isn't a Brother eating meat?  Why can this Brother do something for which I feel convicted?  Why doesn't this Brother do something which I feel no conviction over?  Motive.  Motive.  Motive.  He that does it does it so that he may honor the Lord and he that doesn't do abstains so that he may honor the Lord (see Romans 14:5-6).  If the Word of God condemns something explicitly we must lift our voice as the Church universal and condemn it as well.  However, those things which are not so addressed must be allowed to fall into the category of "personal" and left to the conscience of the individual Believer.

What are we commanded then to do?

Romans 14:1, 10-17 (HCSB)
"Accept anyone who is weak in faith, but don’t argue about doubtful issues...But you, why do you criticize your brother? Or you, why do you look down on your brother? For we will all stand before the tribunal of God...Therefore, let us no longer criticize one another. Instead decide never to put a stumbling block or pitfall in your brother’s way. (I know and am persuaded by the Lord Jesus that nothing is unclean in itself. Still, to someone who considers a thing to be unclean, to that one it is unclean.) For if your brother is hurt by what you eat, you are no longer walking according to love.  Do not destroy that one Christ died for by what you eat.  Therefore, do not let your good be slandered, for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit." 

We are told clearly to ACCEPT the one who holds a different opinion on doubtful issues.  We are forbidden to shun them, separate from them or otherwise judge them so as to isolate ourselves from them and cause them to stumble.  We are to give them liberty and walk before God in our integrity in obedience to the Spirit as it directs our conscience while leaving the Spirit to work in the conscience of another Believer for that which is necessary in his own life.  The written Word of God lays down the absolute "bottom line" standard of the Church.  The Spirit of God indwelling the Believer may well give him convictions which go beyond that "bottom line" but that does not give that Believer the right to mandate those personal convictions, or doubtful issues, on the remainder of the Body of Christ.  Instead, he is commanded to keep his conviction to himself (see Romans 14:22) while embracing other Believers who maintain the "bottom line" while possibly holding to different opinions on doubtful issues.

The Scripture says, "
Whoever serves Christ in this way is acceptable to God and approved by men" (Romans 14:18).  What does that say of the one who does not serve Christ in that way but, rather, judges against his Brother in personal matters and doubtful issues?

So what is the conclusion of the matter?  If you are convinced Februalia and SPRING CLEANING are the same and it is a pagan custom that your conscience cannot allow you to keep as a Christian, then do not keep it.  You would be wrong to.  But, do not dare to condemn your Brother or think yourself morally superior to fellow Believers who do not share your conviction because the Word of God stands against you doing so.  On the other hand, if you chose to participate in SPRING CLEANING leaving aside the pagan origins with realization that your motive for doing so has nothing to do with pleasing the god Februss and everything to do with cleaning your house even though the actions associated therewith may look extremely're free to do so according to the Scriptures.  But, do not dare to condemn your Brother or think yourself morally superior to fellow Believers who do not share your liberty because the Word of God stands against you doing so.

In short, read Romans 14.  Obey Romans 14.  Live Romans 14.  Do that and God will be pleased with you as a Christian.  Furthermore, you might be surprised how much more easily the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace is maintained (see Ephesians 4:3).  Funny how easy it is to be a Christian when we follow the instructions.  

Merry Februalia, everybody!  Let the Church roll on!  

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

10 Commandments for the American Voter

Several weeks ago I published an article entitled "Pentecostals and Secular Politics."  If you have not read that article as yet, I would encourage you to do so by clicking HERE.

To my international readers, there's no doubt that you have at least heard of the commotion in the United States in regard to the upcoming General Election.  Most of this uproar hinges on the Presidential race between Donald Trump (Republican), Hillary Clinton (Democrat) and various other third party candidates (Johnson - Libertarian, Setin - Green, etc.)  While this brief article is geared more specifically to the United States General Election on Tuesday, November 8, 2016, many of the principles contained herein are applicable anywhere a system exists whereby a free people may chose their leaders by election.

To my readers in the United States especially, I hope you will take time to examine these 10 Commandments for the American Voter.

1. Obtain a sample ballot from your County Clerk, Board of Elections or other providing agency. This will provide you with the most basic tool necessary to research the candidates and the issues.

2) Research all races; not just the ones you are interested in.

3) But if, like far too many voters, you're only interested in voting for one particular race (President, Senator, etc.), DON'T VOTE AT RANDOM DOWN BALLOT. Leave the other sections BLANK rather than voting randomly. Your vote for other candidates and issues will still be counted.

4) Remember ballot initiatives, constitutional amendments and propositions. Your ballot is often far more than just a list of names. Research these measures and vote accordingly. DON'T VOTE AT RANDOM ON THESE ISSUES. Leave any section BLANK rather than voting randomly.

5) Take your sample ballot with you on Election Day as a reminder of exactly how you have decided to vote. Be sure and inform the Election Judge that you are doing so.

6) When at all possible, choose a paper ballot rather than using an electronic voting machine. If a paper ballot is not readily available, ask for one. If one is not immediately provided, wait. If one is not provided in a timely manner, contact the County Clerk or Board of Elections BEFORE leaving your polling place.

7) If you spoil your ballot (mark a candidate or proposition option you didn't intend to) DO NOT submit it. Immediately take your ballot to the Election Judge and request a new ballot.

8) Find your polling place before election day. Your precinct should be listed on your Voter's Registration Card. If you have any doubt in regard to where you should cast your ballot, contact your County Clerk or Board of Elections.

9) In some States you are given the option of voting "straight party" meaning one "check" at the top of the ballot automatically assumes your intent to vote for all candidates of a single party. Do not take this option. Take the time to vote for each candidate individually. Sometimes the more qualified individual for a particular office might not be one from your particular political party of choice.

10) SHOW UP ON ELECTION DAY (TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 8TH). Remember, it is your RIGHT to vote. Furthermore, as an American, it is your duty. You have no right to complain about the political process if you're never involved in it. Much blood has been shed and many lives lost in order to preserve, protect and defend your Constitutional right to vote. As an American Citizen, you owe it to yourself, your family, your community, your State and your Nation to turn out on Election Day. Don't buy the lie that says it doesn't really matter. It does matter. A RIGHT NOT EXERCISED IS A RIGHT THAT WILL BE LOST!

ONLINE RESOURCES - A database of State and National candidates and their positions (when available). - A database of sample ballots.  (Please note that your ballot might not be available here.  You should still contact your County Clerk or Board of Elections to obtain a sample ballot.) - A side-by-side summary chart of the 4 main Presidential Candidates and their positions on 75 issues. - Find your polling place using Google by entering your address.