I now live in a small rural community in Cope, South Carolina, with a population of approximately 102, that is mostly agricultural. The people who live and vote here are mostly a no-nonsense group that take this right and privilege seriously. They rarely comment on how they intend to vote but just that they did.
Mid-morning on June 8, on my way to the polling area at our local career school facility, I noticed that there was only one political sign in sight. That one was for Democrat Jim Pratt, who was running for Congress. There were a few cars at the school, but most of those belonged to the polling personnel. Here, in this small community, voting is important ,but so is the corn, beans and tomatoes in the field, and these must come first. I was the 21st Republican to vote that morning among about 15 Democrats. The man who voted just after me stated that he was voting Republican as wel,l but the lady who came after him said that she voted Democrat. When I asked her why, she replied, “Well, I have just always been a Democrat and I always vote that way.” The numbers had picked up by noon, as my daughter was the 31st voter among Republicans and my husband, who voted at 4 p.m., said he numbered among the forties.
I was raised in Bamberg, South Carolina, a small town with a population of approximately 7,000, about a ten minute drive from where I now reside. I am a Christ-follower in a new church there. This is the town where Nikki Haley, my candidate for governor, grew up. I remember her being a very smart and beautiful young lady, excelling in the public school here, and I remember her parents being hard-working folks. They ran a business, Exotica, on the north side of town. I delighted myself in visiting there. Inside the shop were so many beautiful imports in crystal, china and fine fabrics. As I passed by the building where their business had been, I wondered if her parents ever dreamed that their daughter would become a candidate for governor of this state.
In Bamberg, the streets were busy, especially near the polling sites. Last week, I had been through town and there had been a few political signs planted in the medium of the main highway. However, there were now dozens of signs representing every candidate-even mine! The polling sites were filled with cars. I interviewed several voters. One man was very passionate about casting his ballot, and stated that he and his wife had voted Republican a day earlier! Another had not voted yet and, when asked about his party preference, stated that he did not vote by party but by person. I did remind him that, in this primary election, he would have to choose party.
Why Nikki Haley? I did not choose Nikki as my choice for governor because she grew up in my hometown, or because she was a beautiful and intelligent youth. Nikki simply reflects my values and the values of my family. She believes in the sanctity of human life, the God-given rights and principles found in our Constitution, limited government and being financially responsible as a nation and as a people. Voting these principles was not a difficult decision at all for my family and me. We rely on the counsel given to us not only by Rev. John Hagee, but many other men and women of God-“Vote the Bible.” If you vote the principles of the Bible and what it commands, you will know the candidate you need to vote for. Now, no candidate is perfect, as no voter is perfect. But ,as close as we can, if Christians will follow the guidance that the Lord has set before us, we will make the right choices-not just in voting-but in every area of our lives.