Texas has early voting so I voted a couple of weeks ago, but today is the “official” election day. Although our country was founded over 200 years ago and men have been voting since the inception of our country, it was only 90 years ago that women received the right to vote. (For an excellent timeline of the journey see: http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/naw/nawstime.html )
The Nineteenth Amendment, which gave women the right to vote, was ratified on August 26, 1920. It was a very long journey, filled with prison stays, mental hospital stays, forced feedings, and worse. I am incredibly thankful for those who led the fight to give women the right to vote. Their work was successful. Women now hold powerful government positions and have huge political influence….in just 90 years! No woman has yet held the office of President of the United States, but women have run for that office. Those early proponents of women’s suffrage would be dancing in the streets if they could see the success of their efforts.
And so, today, I give thanks for our electoral system, but I also give thanks for those women, who, through the years, dedicated themselves to the cause of obtaining the right to vote. I cherish their legacy and take the responsibility seriously. Let’s take it one step further: in addition to voting, let’s pray for our government’s leaders. Regardless of political affiliation, we can pray that our leaders make wise decisions and seek justice according to the laws of our land.
I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people–for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. 1 Timothy 2:1-4 (NIV)