By: Rev. Bobby
Webster defines the word vote as the formal expression of opinion or will in response to a proposed decision. An indication of approval or disapproval of a proposal, motion, or candidate for office.
It sometimes bewilders me why some people make a minimal effort to vote in political elections. “My vote doesn’t count anyway,” is my response when I inquire about voting habits. Most times, I agree with their vote being meaningless, as they keep it to themselves and never cast it. I mean, the concept of voting is woven into the very fabric of our lives. We started voting young in life, “Whoever wants ice cream, raise your hand.” A simple vote and tally that we participate in early in life. We vote for Homecoming Queen and King and other social positions in groups and organizations. Voting, selecting, and choosing is a usual way of life. Therefore, voting in elections should be business as usual also. But no!
Certain groups and organizations try to sway the vote in a certain way to ensure a particular outcome so that their way of looking at and judging life becomes the benchmark for all. I mean, yes, the winners win, and in the spirit of the vote, it is set up to cater to the majority because they won, but it does not mean to cut out, ignore or place those that lost in a precarious or dangerous position. Voting is a process that should ensure equity and fairness for all. I know this sounds crazy, but it is the Truth. No matter who wants to have all the cookies for themselves, there are actually enough cookies for all.
Voting in political elections is essential for the well-being of all. We need to be interested in these things, and elections set the stage for who controls the money. Politics is solely about the redistribution of funds; it decides who gets money to do something like equip schools, provide police and fire coverage for safety, pave streets, offer programs for community development, and other advances. Therefore, one should take these things seriously.
We, as people of color, need to be focused on the voting process because, historically, we have had every trick in the book thrown at us to keep us from voting. Intimidation and threats of bodily harm are regularly made toward us. Personally, I am a nonbeliever in “We shall overcome someday.” It puts things out in the future somewhere or nowhere. We need to overcome today. Get out The Vote and get out and vote. This way, we will have people in office willing to invest the money required in learning the language we need to know so that we can speak it back in the manner some people need so they can see we are serious and none of them tricks are going to work anymore.
VOTE. I rest my case.
– Rev. BobbyThe Reverend Doctor Robert I. Yarbrough is an independent New Thought Minister, trained and steeped in Fillmorian Theology. He is a writer, author, lecturer, workshop/seminar facilitator, and former television host, of “Eating From The Tree Of Life” in Chicago. His extraordinary Bible skills led him in his two-year series on the book of The Revelation, where Rev. Bobby shared the secrets recorded in the most loving book in the Bible with others. His unique presentation style places audiences at ease which is always conducive for them to come away with some spiritual meat that they can immediately apply to their lives. In his newest book, 28 Days A Journey Within, Rev. Bobby establishes the bridge necessary for those ready to break through and move all of their desires into manifest reality. Reverend Bobby is also a board member of the X-Tend-A-Hand Ministry in Chicago. He handles all pastoral care duties and functions as the non-profit expert as he incorporated the ministry and developed the 501 (c) (3) package. Rev. Bobby also fields, initiates and handles all communication between X-Tend-A-Hand and the government agencies that have oversight responsibilities for nonprofit organizations