“Now more than ever before, the people are responsible for the character of their Congress,” said James Garfield, 20th president of the United States. The votes of the populous decide the future, and with the presidential election nearing, those votes are of utmost importance.
The importance of each vote was reflected in a two-part chapel, “Saving America Begins with You.” At the start of chapel, Dr. Shoemaker said, “The future of our country is in your hands. What are you going to do about it?” Guest speaker and Patriot Academy founder, Dr. Rick Green, explained, “You’re responsible for what our government looks like. God has given us the ability to choose who is in charge.”
Bailey (Andrus) Crocker (Sr., CT) came away from chapel with a greater appreciation for her ability to make a difference this election. “Chapel applied to me because it opened my viewpoint to make me think that, even if I'm not in politics, I can still do something to help the United States just by being a citizen,” she said.
A few weeks later, a patriotic Student Body program with the theme “Inspiring Our Generation to Vote” honored veteran Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan for his forty years of service and Pensacola Police Chief David Alexander III for his thirty-three years of service. During Student Body, guest speaker Garrett Mason (’06), the Maine Senate Republican Majority Leader, reminded students of their importance in this election.
“We have a biblical responsibility to be involved in politics,” said Mason. “In the United States live 96 million evangelical Christians; yet, only 26% of them voted in the last presidential election. If all 96 million came out and voted their values, voted their conscience, voted their faith, elections wouldn’t be a contest. We, as Christians, would decide our leaders. So my encouragement to you is to vote.” After Student Body, students took Mason’s suggestion to heart as they gathered in the Commons to register to vote.
Aside from making sure they are registered to vote, students are also uplifting the country in prayer. In the Multimedia Auditorium each week, a group of students meet for Homefront. “Every Thursday at 6 p.m., students unite in prayer for our country,” said Dustin McElreath (’06), the Student Activities leader of Homefront. “There is a presentation at the beginning to review current U.S. events and give a topic of prayer for the night.”
Senior Abby Stanczak (TN) had been to Homefront a few times last semester, but as the election gets closer, she plans to attend Homefront more consistently. “I want to know how to specifically pray for our nation,” she said.
Freshman Kristina Bergey (PA) will be casting her vote for the first time this election. “I finally have a say in what goes on in our country, and I get to be a part of what happens in the future,” she said. “As a citizen of the United States, I am responsible to participate in the legal processes of my country. This year's election is very important.”