Students at PCC have found meaningful ways to develop a welcome sense of patriotism on campus. With Election Day around the corner, many have been doing what they can to encourage their peers to participate in voting.
In September, the Freedom Forum, a student-led and organized academic club, brought over 60 volunteers together to put out 2,977 American flags along the median of Main Drive on campus. The memorial gave a visual representation of how many lives were lost in the 9/11 attacks for those who were too young to remember that infamous day. It was the forum’s first big project since being established earlier this fall.
“We are still in the very beginning stages of developing our club and building student involvement,” said Sarah Williams (Jr., TX), president of the group. “As educated patriots are the surest safeguards of American liberty, Freedom Forum’s goal is to educate students of every major to become the next generation of American leaders. Each meeting focuses on a foundational topic in conservative American political thought.”
That same week, students were given the opportunity to ask questions about the election process and register to vote in the Commons so they can share their voice by voting in the November elections.
In October, Dr. Rick Green, a former member of the House of Representatives in Texas, elaborated on the importance and purpose of teaching Christian values and discussed the biblical foundation the Founding Fathers had intended for America. He challenged the student body to use their voice in elections and to be the salt and light of the earth. “[Change] begins in our hearts,” he said. “It begins in our willingness to say, ‘God, I want to follow you in every area of my life, in everything that you’ve given me.”
“I think that the most important thing that the student body got from Dr. Green is that their voice matters,” said Student Body Vice President Max Shafer (Sr., NC). “Dr. Green did a good job showing us that we have a divine obligation to rise up in the public square as Christians and as millennials.”
“Growing up, I think we all dreamed of making a difference,” said Kayla Sanders (’18). “College students make a difference when they show up to the ballot box. Elections and their results affect all of us in one way or another, so passing up your vote can really be harmful to your community.”
“I think that voting is a privilege, and I am excited to be able to have a say in who will be representing me as an individual and representing the country as a whole,” said Grace Waldy (So., OH). “It is important to consider the values of the people you are voting for. The candidates may not be Christians, but they can still value the right things.”
With so many issues to consider, PCC students remember that America is not a place to tear down their brother in Christ, but to continually lift them and their needs up to the Lord in prayer. “That’s the job of the patriot,” said Max Shafer. “To love America and other Americans more than partisanship and faction.”