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5 Ways to Let Your Faith Guide You in the Polls November 6th

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We’re just two days away from the highly-anticipated midterm election, and tensions are high.

October has been full of surprises, and it can be hard not to feel on edge, and maybe even conflicted, about who to vote for and what the outcome may be.

Crosswalk recently shared 5 ways to vote like a Christian on Tuesday, and the tips they have were too good not to share.

It’s easy to get caught up in the hysteria and hyperbole of a highly divided nation, but these tips bring us back down to earth and remind us what’s really important in the upcoming election.

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1. Vote With Gratitude

I love this. As it’s undeniable we see some of our valuable sacred liberties being ignored by many a politician, let’s not forget that voting is something we should be grateful for in this nation. Millions of Christians worldwide do not have the privilege of having a say in who their earthly leaders are.

“The freedom to express our political opinions is not to be taken lightly,” Crosswalks’ RJ Thesman. “We have the opportunity to drive to our polling place and choose the candidates we want to represent us. No scary militia standing guard. No guns allowed. No dictatorial leaders telling us how we must vote.”

She also mentions the hard work of the suffragettes, who gained the right for women to vote, a liberty that should not be taken for granted.

“Every time I walk into my polling place, I thank God for this freedom,” she says.

2. Vote With Wisdom

We need to look past party affiliation and negative publicity before pulling the lever for a given candidate, Thesman says.

“Know who you’re voting for and what they stand for—not just the party they represent,” she urges.

She recommends sending emails to candidates’ campaigns to ask what they stand for and what they believe, as well as using websites like Vote Smart to find out more about everyone on your ballot.

“Although we hear predominantly negative views from both sides of the aisle, many strong Christians and moral people have chosen to serve in politics,” she reminds us. “Without these public servants, our democracy would be weakened. We would be at the mercy of despots and dictators.”

3. Vote With Prayer

Never forget the most powerful tool in our spiritual toolbox–the power of prayer.

While Thesman reminds us that Christ admonished us to “render unto Ceasar” and let those in the world worry about the things in the world, we can still remember that prayer can play a big role in our decision at the ballot.

“We can pray that our voting places will be safe from any radical segment, barging in with guns blazing. We can pray that whoever is elected will be fair, just, and moral. We can pray for the direction of our country so that it follows divine design. We can pray to never lose our freedoms, especially the freedom to worship who we choose. We can pray for the families of elected officials, those spouses and children who no doubt feel the sting of negative targeting,” she says.

4. Vote With Hope

We are living in a time of near-constant negativity, so it certainly is a radical notion to vote with hope, but that makes it all the more necessary.

Thesman says we must remember to hope that our nation will follow the mandate in Micah 6:8 “To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”

“Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could step into a new lifestyle of peace? If our nightly news would cover positive stories across the nation where the poor were helped, the hungry fed, and the sick found healing?” she muses.

“Imagine the difference around our supper tables if we discussed the good things happening in our communities instead of the percentage of murders happening every day.”

It seems pretty impossible these days, but remember, all things are possible with God, and there’s nothing wrong with hoping for a powerful positive change in our country!

5. Vote With Acceptance

The best thing about being a Christian is that nothing that happens in this life can take away from the power of our Salvation or God’s sovereignty.

“No matter what the outcome on November 6, God is still greater than our meager attempts to find peace,” Thesman reminds us. “No matter who is in control in the Senate, God can still work in the hearts and minds of people. No matter what happens in our voting places, we can always support the higher ground.”

“Acceptance means we trust God to work through human hearts and continue to weave together his plan to deliver all who believe in him. But if we are disappointed by the results, we still have the next voting cycle to make a difference. Again, a reason for gratitude.”

 

Amen!

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Vladimir Putin Begins Mass Production of Unstoppable Nuclear Rockets

These missiles are little more than overcompensation, similar to when men with little confidence by a sports car to show off.

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In a move that reeks of overcompensation in the same way that a loud exhaust on a 4-cylinder car does, Russian President Dictator Vladimir Putin is now ramping up production on a bit of nuclear overkill meant to have the rest of the world shaking in their boots.

Putin, after being caught red-handed attempting, (and failing), to influence American politics via some sort of army of cyber-trolls, is now pouring Russian resources into amassing a cadre of “unstoppable” hypersonic missiles.

MASS production of Russia’s terrifying Zircon hypersonic missile has begun, as tensions with the West mount.

The Kremlin boasts that the 6670mph weapon – which carries a conventional or nuclear warhead – is “unstoppable”.

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The go-ahead for full-scale production of Zircon at a top-secret plant near Moscow follows recent successful tests of the missile.

Most recently, there was a successful test of the hypersonic missile from a frigate in the White Sea on 18 November.

In a move that reeks of overcompensation in the same way that a loud exhaust on a 4-cylinder car does, Russian President Dictator Vladimir Putin is now ramping up production on a bit of nuclear overkill meant to have the rest of the world shaking in their boots. Putin, after being caught red-handed attempting, (and failing), to influence American politics via some sort of army of cyber-trolls, is now pouring Russian resources into amassing a cadre of “unstoppable” hypersonic missiles. MASS production of Russia’s terrifying Zircon hypersonic missile has begun, as tensions with the West mount. The Kremlin boasts that the 6670mph weapon – which carries a conventional or nuclear warhead – is “unstoppable”. The go-ahead for full-scale production of Zircon at a top-secret plant near Moscow follows recent successful tests of the missile. Most recently, there was a successful test of the hypersonic missile from a frigate in the White Sea on 18 November. A month earlier the Zircon was fired from a submarine for the first time. Vladimir Putin has ordered the Zircon missile to be deployed next year by the Russian Navy boasting that it is “truly unparalleled … in the world”. And while this all may sound very frightening, the move is likely just another bit of puffery from Putin. The US and Russia have long had a policy of “mutually assured destruction”, in which the two nations would reciprocate any nuclear strike against them with a full emptying of their entire nuclear arsenal.  Even if Putin managed to get one of these “unstoppable” devices airborne in the direction of the United States, it would be a death sentence for everyone from Moscow to Mongolia.

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Looting Flash Mobs Turn Deadly as Security Guard Shot Dead

When will it end?!

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Despite what The Hallmark Channel would like you to believe about the holiday season, it is far more often true that the weeks in between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day bring out the worst in us.

You see, the holidays are extremely stressful when it comes down to it.  There are immense social and familial pressures to succeed, and to do so in a spectacular fashion.  The purse strings tighten in one aspect of our lives to afford something special in other aspects, and this shuffling can cause a great deal of tumult.  For those already living paycheck to paycheck, these expectations can be absolutely heartbreaking.

And, with the Biden administration’s unwillingness to get inflation under control, some are even turning to flash mobs of crime in an attempt to offset these stressors.

In suburban Minneapolis, a large group of at least 30 people targeted a Best Buy in Burnsville, while a group of 10-12 people, including juveniles, targeted another Best Buy in Maplewood. No one has been arrested in connection to the incidents as of Saturday and there are no estimates on how much merchandise was stolen.

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“Across the board, retailers are getting more concerned with this growing trend. … It is definitely a tough problem to solve, given the organized nature and number of people involved in many of the incidents,” Chris Walton, a former Target executive who co-leads retail blog and podcast Omni Talk, said of the incidents, according to Star Tribune.

This week, one of these herd-looting incidents turned deadly.

The most tragic incident unfolded in California, when an Oakland security guard was fatally shot during an armed robbery while protecting a news crew covering a previous smash-and-grab theft.

“It is with the deepest sadness that I let you know security guard Kevin Nishita has passed away,” said Mark Neerman, vice president of news and news director at KPIX. “He died protecting one of our own, a colleague reporting on the very violence that took his life. I know you join me in sending condolences to his family and in sending thanks to Kevin for standing up for us all.”

Compounding the issue are lackadaisical corporate policies on theft that have forbidden store employees from confronting shoplifters, with larger companies simply comparing the cost of the lost merchandise against the cost of a settlement to those employees who may be injured, (or worse), during such incidents.

Despite what The Hallmark Channel would like you to believe about the holiday season, it is far more often true that the weeks in between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day bring out the worst in us. You see, the holidays are extremely stressful when it comes down to it.  There are immense social and familial pressures to succeed, and to do so in a spectacular fashion.  The purse strings tighten in one aspect of our lives to afford something special in other aspects, and this shuffling can cause a great deal of tumult.  For those already living paycheck to paycheck, these expectations can be absolutely heartbreaking. And, with the Biden administration’s unwillingness to get inflation under control, some are even turning to flash mobs of crime in an attempt to offset these stressors. In suburban Minneapolis, a large group of at least 30 people targeted a Best Buy in Burnsville, while a group of 10-12 people, including juveniles, targeted another Best Buy in Maplewood. No one has been arrested in connection to the incidents as of Saturday and there are no estimates on how much merchandise was stolen. “Across the board, retailers are getting more concerned with this growing trend. … It is definitely a tough problem to solve, given the organized nature and number of people involved in many of the incidents,” Chris Walton, a former Target executive who co-leads retail blog and podcast Omni Talk, said of the incidents, according to Star Tribune. This week, one of these herd-looting incidents turned deadly. The most tragic incident unfolded in California, when an Oakland security guard was fatally shot during an armed robbery while protecting a news crew covering a previous smash-and-grab theft. “It is with the deepest sadness that I let you know security guard Kevin Nishita has passed away,” said…

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