Electoral College

So, are you unsure of how the Electoral College works even though you took Civics and US Government? No judgement here. Every election each candidate is on a race to reach 270 electoral votes, half of the 538 total electoral votes that exist. Each state has a certain number of electoral votes based on a US Census proportional to their population size. So, highly populated states like California, New York and Texas, tend to have a large number of electoral votes and rural states tend to have less. However, it would be nearly impossible for a candidate to win an election without paying attention to both the highly populated states and more rural states. A good candidate will care about all states, even swing states like Florida, who consistently mess up the election (love you, FL!).

Now I know that many people have objections to the system of the Electoral College, but my goal here is to show you how it works and how it can connect to concepts that we see in the Bible. The Bible describes the Church as a body (1 Corinthians 12:14-31). There's large parts of your body and small ones too. But they're all vital to the complete functioning of your body. So, just as you matter in the body, no matter how small and insignificant you may think your role is, so does your vote, no matter how small your state is.

People from your community deserve to have their concerns addressed by civic leaders and one of the best ways we can do that is through voting, not just in presidential elections, but for our judges, law enforcement leaders, school board representatives, senators, state and US representatives. All these people make decisions that directly affect us, and if we're not showing them that we care about what they do with the tax dollars that we pay them, then we can't complain when they act with apathy.

Just as many people choose not to participate in the function of their church because they feel like they may not be good enough or important enough (perhaps because they feel they cannot sing or preach, unaware of how many other functions are completely vital to the wellbeing and function of a church). Likewise, millions of eligible voters in America do not vote because they feel their vote doesn't matter. I can assure you that they do every year when candidates lose by slight margins in precincts. The reality is that when 100 million voters are walking around thinking their vote doesn't matter then we have a HUGE problem. Your vote matters. Your voice matters.

1 Corinthians 12:14-31
Our bodies don’t have just one part. They have many parts. Suppose a foot says, “I’m not a hand, and so I’m not part of the body.” Wouldn’t the foot still belong to the body? Or suppose an ear says, “I’m not an eye, and so I’m not part of the body.” Wouldn’t the ear still belong to the body? If our bodies were only an eye, we couldn’t hear a thing. And if they were only an ear, we couldn’t smell a thing. But God has put all parts of our body together in the way that he decided is best. A body isn’t really a body, unless there is more than one part. It takes many parts to make a single body.That’s why the eyes cannot say they don’t need the hands. That’s also why the head cannot say it doesn’t need the feet. In fact, we cannot get along without the parts of the body that seem to be the weakest.We take special care to dress up some parts of our bodies. We are modest about our personal parts, but we don’t have to be modest about other parts.God put our bodies together in such a way that even the parts that seem the least important are valuable. He did this to make all parts of the body work together smoothly, with each part caring about the others. If one part of our body hurts, we hurt all over. If one part of our body is honored, the whole body will be happy.Together you are the body of Christ. Each one of you is part of his body. First, God chose some people to be apostles and prophets and teachers for the church. But he also chose some to work miracles or heal the sick or help others or be leaders or speak different kinds of languages. Not everyone is an apostle. Not everyone is a prophet. Not everyone is a teacher. Not everyone can work miracles. Not everyone can heal the sick. Not everyone can speak different kinds of languages. Not everyone can tell what these languages mean. I want you to desire the best gifts.[c] So I will show you a much better way.

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