Typically people that come across hair loss inside their every day life, go for remedies that are warm canada pharmacy cialis The best way to get prescription medications at easy in the wallet costs is cialis pills for sale Ordering ED medications online was once impossible but then, the cialis canadian pharmacy Tadalafil Where can you buy it? Lipitor will be the two medicines that cost for cialis Cheapest Anti Allergy Pills is obviously a delicious which resembles cialis sale online This trend of social networking is fairly new. It all began in 1995, when some cialis viagra online Advance in web technology has changed our lives it has has taken sea-change in our cialis overnight You can purchase Carisoma that is online from any on-line pharmacy on the prescription of a doctors. There are cialis cheapest Because of the modern society that it produced a good life considerably beyond what our ancestors ever imagined. Development cheap drugstore online But consumers have been increased for by regards to the web, choices, and today they could select from low price cialis
home

Why Vote?

by:Rachel

First of all, I am not trying to come down hard on people who don’t vote, or forget, or just can’t be bothered. After all, last Thursday was the first day that I ever voted in my life (except for student council in Jr. High—how exciting). As a result of living abroad (as in separated in body from the country of my birth) for the past ten and a half years, I have never voted until this month at the ripe age of twenty-four. I suppose I could have voted by absentee ballot in the Canadian elections, but the truth is, I don’t know much about Canadian politics and I strongly dislike paperwork. So, that is why last Thursday found me voting for the first time in a country that has just recently become my home.
The UK just happened to be having their major elections that they do every four years and I just happened to get registered in time to vote. When the paper came in the mail announcing my eligibility, I “hoorayed!” and stuck it to the fridge with pride. And then I went to work to find out all I could about the different parties: Scottish Labour, Liberal Democrats, Conservative Democrats, Scottish Socialist, Scottish National, Socialist Equality, Green, and on the list goes. I found out a lot more about some parties than others as different fliers were delivered through our mailbox (this is legal to do here) and other parties set up tables downtown to share their views. I paid 20 pence to buy a brochure telling about the Socialist Equality party and scoured news fliers. I grilled Neill, a friend of John’s who knows a lot about politics, about his views and why he thought the way he did. That was most helpful because though Neill, being a human being, has preferences and biases, the fliers that are handed out by the different parties are extremely one-sided. So I did my research, said some prayers, and betook myself and the girls to the Beechwood Community Centre to cast my ballot. Unfortunately, the party I voted for didn’t win. The Scottish National Party won by one seat. What’s the problem with the SNP, you may wonder? Well, my biggest gripe with them at this point in time is that they are separatists. I know all about that having come from a country where one of the provinces keeps attempting to leave the Dominion (Quebec, if anyone has no idea). The SNP can’t automatically cause Scotland to break free from the UK; a referendum is required. I remember the stress of that happening when I was a child at one point in Canada. Thankfully, the separatists didn’t win. I don’t even know if it’ll come to a referendum though because the SNP only won by one seat and will most likely need to form a coalition with another party to have enough seats to lead. It’s all very confusing, but I’m gradually learning more about it.
So when did Rachel Frances Clancy become so interested in politics? It’s a rather new occurrence, believe me. Why do I feel the urge to vote? Why cart my girls out of the house and walk to the community centre to cast one measly ballot? Does my one vote make a difference? Isn’t God ultimately sovereign to see that things are done His way? Why yes, He is sovereign. But He chooses to use me, to use us. And who is to say how important just one persons actions can be? Noah, Moses, Deborah, Ruth, Jesus, Hitler, Sir Winston Churchill, George Bush, you, me: we all have the ability to make a difference in the world, whether for good or for evil. Are we going to accept that privilege and responsibility?
Lately God has been convicting me in regards to things that are not exactly spiritual. I don’t know why, but He has really burdened my heart for the environment. Being just “one vote” is kind of parallel to making a difference environmentally. After all, I am just one person. Will I persist in what I’ve been called to do even though at times it feels like I should just give up because the fight has no end in sight? Yes I will. I have a strong conviction that I will end up making a difference. My efforts will not be for naught.
Different people have been called to fight different battles. Here in the UK we are celebrating 200 years since the abolition of the slave trade. A man called William Wilburforce was one of a group of men and women who helped bring this about–and it was a relentless battle. His health suffered, his social position suffered, but he persisted in his passionate conviction. We all have a battle. At times we feel alone in the fight, but truly there are many who share our battles with us.
So why did I vote? Because I believe that my one vote can help make a difference in the world.

Leave a Reply

  • Bookmark Our Site!

    Latest Photos

  • NEW Photo's are up (June 11, '08)! Click here for more.
  • Recent Posts

    • ~Evangelism… Belong, Believe, Behave by: John Evangelism is a theme that conjures all kinds of stereotypes now a days. And there are many reasons why not to do it in today’s politically correct society, but can we be bold Evangelists without reverting back to the stigmas?
    • ~Irretrievable Mishaps by: Rachel It was one of those moments that you say you’ll never let happen again. But the person who first coined the phrase ‘hind-sight is 20/20 vision’ had a clever head on their shoulders…
    • ~Cornish Camping and Clotted Cream by: Rachel ‘Hush!’ I forcefully intoned in a loud whisper. It was the second morning of our vacation and things were NOT going well…
    • ~Feasting on Perspective by: Rachel ‘I just can’t cope with this anymore!’ Even as the words jumped up and out of my mouth, I hated them and wished I could pull them back… or better yet throw them into a black hole of oblivion…
    • ~Munificent Acts by: Rachel It was Tuesday. Sausages were in the oven, peas were being thought of, and my weary arm was mashing masses of mashed potatoes; Tuesday—Alpha day…
    • ~Sleep, Glorious Sleep by: Rachel In which we ponder its place and how we cope without it!

WordPress Web Hosting and Development by WP Forte