Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Date: November 3, 2020

Today is Election Day. I, along with many other members of the Seminary community, have already exercised my democratic right by voting early. Some 92 million million people have already voted. Just to place this statistic in context, in Texas in 2016, less than 9 million votes were cast; already in early voting in 2020, 9.67 million people have voted. Interest in this election is at an all time high. So how does a Christian approach this moment? We remind ourselves of the basics. We are a people of prayer. We constantly invite the Creator of the universe to be present in our lives – both individually and corporately. We offer the passion, fear, concern of this moment to God. We are a people called to honor the imago Dei in all people. Therefore we resist the tendency to demonize; we do seek to understand our differences and we listen carefully. We are a people called to trust and hope. Do remember God is in control, however chaotic things might look to us. Finally, to any employee who tries to cast their ballot during the day and finds it takes longer than anticipated: Be assured, we understand. Please do take the time you need to vote. The Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D. Dean and President

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