Friday Five: Early Voter Edition

Welcome to this special early voter edition of Friday Five! Every Friday we share our top five articles, stories, and quotes for you to read and share with your friends and church families. This week, we want to highlight three stories this week that remind you of why you should vote, and two tools to help you do it. 

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1. ELECTION TOOL: Early voting started on October 17th, and runs until November 3rd. Get out there and vote early!

Early and one-stop voting for the upcoming midterm elections is here. We've developed the website www.ncvalues.org/vote to help you find your local early voting and election day sites. You can even see a sample of your ballot. 

Click here to register to find your nearest voting side today.

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2. REASON TO VOTE: Parent upset after Franklin County school survey asks 11-year-olds about their sexual orientation

"The mother of a Terrell Lane sixth-grader is upset after a survey given to her son included a question asking about his sexual orientation.

'Why are you asking 11-year olds these questions?' asked Connie Jo Hutchinson.

The program is called Shifting Boundaries, which is funded through a federal grant. In the survey handed out to students, the sixth question asks 'What is your sexual orientation?'

It lists 10 possible options: Bisexual, Gay, Fluid, Heterosexual, Lesbian, Pansexual, Queer, Questioning, Prefer not to disclose, and Self-identify."

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3. REASON TO VOTE: Atlanta to pay $1.2 million to former award winning Fire Chief as firing him for his biblical beliefs

"The City of Atlanta, Georgia has agreed to pay former fire chief Kelvin Cochran, $1.2 million after a Federal District Court ruled in December 2017 that the city's policies which led to Cochran's termination were unconstitutional."

"After a 30-day suspension without pay, in order to complete 'sensitivity training,' and an investigation into his conduct (which showed he had never discriminated against anyone in the fire department), his career came to an end in Atlanta.

This led Cochran to embark on a three-year legal battle that he says was never just about him." 

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4. REASON TO VOTE: This incredible video from the Institute of Faith & Family

Our sister 501c3 organization—The Institute for Faith & Family—can released an incredibly moving and authentic educational video on why people of faith should not sit this election out. the Video details the testimony of a 13 year old girl named Gabrielle, who worries about the continued erosion of her freedom. She addressed the Church with the question, "What will you do?" These elections directly impact the world that generation's like her's inherit, however they don't have a vote on the matter—you do. 

Watch the powerful video and let them know what you think. 

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5. ELECTION TOOL: NC Values Coalition Endorsements

We want to strongly encourage you to get out and vote early starting October 17th. The three stories above remind you exactly what is at stake this election.

Although early voting does not end until November 3rd, it's just smart citizenship to get out, save time, and vote early. You just never know what distractions come up on election day. We've reviewed congressional, judicial, and General Assembly candidates for their support of pro-life, pro-religious liberty, and pro-family values, and endorsed several dozen for their outstanding support thereof. Want to know which of these candidates may be running in your district?

Visit https://www.ncvalues.org/endorsements.

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WEEKLY PRAYER: FAMILY

LORD, we cry out to you as Father. You are a beautiful Dad. You are a model of the love, mercy, and authority of the perfect parent. We thank you for modeling for us what every parent should strive for, and for creating this wonderful institution called family. 

LORD, we thank you for creating us with a basic nature designed to not be alone. Our very nature calls us into the most intimate of relationships, where we experience joys indescribable: the joys of marriage, the joys of having children; the joys of seeing our children have children. What a blessing and mercy you gave us in the family! In it we find our first teachers, our first guardians, and our first authorities. 

LORD, we recognize how deeply you love your children, and how deeply it pains you when they go astray. Alongside our adoration and thanksgiving, we pray in confession--as individuals and as members of larger communities--over any sins we may have committed that undermine your beloved institution. Forgive us when we endanger your institution through selfishness and arrogance. Forgive our communities and nation for attempting to redefine some of the most basic and deepest parts of being human--being made male and female, having lifelong marriage vows and responsibilities, and having parental rights over educating one's children. 

"Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, 13 bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. 14 And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him." (Colossians 3:12-17)


Amen

 

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Sincerely,

North Carolina Values Coalition

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