To the editor:

For some years now, our country has been listening to the voices of a few people who, contrary to the word of God, have worked to destroy our freedom and the groundwork of our nation.

One by one, we have allowed them to push through new legislation and make new laws that have removed our rights to freedom of speech, freedom of religion and even the right to life.

Once again through voting, we have the privilege to choose those who believe in the Bill of Rights and our Constitution and those who stand on the word of God, the Bible.

As we prayerfully seek God's will and read his word, we can find many verses that will guide our thinking and show us how to vote in the November election.

In regard to the unborn and the elderly, Proverbs 31:8 says "speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves for the rights of all who are destitute." Or as the Living Bible states, "You should defend those who cannot help themselves. Yes, stand up for the poor and needy and see that they get justice."

For whom should we vote?

Proverbs 28:2 says, "When a country is rebellious, it has many rulers, but a man of understanding and knowledge maintains order." Proverbs 29:1 reminds us that "a man who remains stiff-necked after many rebukes will suddenly be destroyed - without a remedy." And Proverbs 28:13-14 tells us "he who conceals his sins does not prosper but whoever confesses and renounces them finds mercy. Blessed is the man who always fears the Lord."

Recently, I read a paragraph from Abraham Lincoln's second inaugural address in 1865. He spoke with determination to have truth and freedom prevail even as we were somewhat still divided as a nation. He looked ahead to the peace and enormous job of reconstruction that he knew were close at hand. These are his words:

"With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness for the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation's wounds, to care for him who shall have been in the battle and for his widow and his orphan and to do all that may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves with all nations."

Believing that all life is sacred and that our lives must be guided by God's Holy Word, let us stand up and be counted by voting for those who are seeking God's will for themselves for our nation. II Corinthians 10:18 tells us "it is not the one who commends himself who is approved but the one whom the Lord commends."

Carol Kleveland, Forest City

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