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Oklahoma City area churches urge members to take faith to polls

Oklahoma City metro area Christian faith groups are gearing up for Tuesday's presidential election through various nonpartisan activities and events.
by Carla Hinton Published: October 31, 2012

Moody, a member of Southern Hills Baptist Church, said efforts to raise awareness about the importance of voting are sometimes stymied by some Christians' beliefs that people of faith should not be involved in the political realm. He said he tells these believers that some issues that have been deemed political are moral and ethical concerns they should weigh in on.

Like Moody, Alfred Overton said it is important that people of faith understand the issues they are voting on. Overton helped coordinate a nonpartisan community action forum held earlier this week at his church, Northeast Church of Christ.

“We're not trying to say ‘Hey, you have to vote this way.' Sometimes people may not understand what the total ballot is about. We believe the more you know, helps you,” Overton said.

Challenging complacency

Douglas said people participating in the “Souls to the Polls” event will meet at 9 a.m. Saturday at Greater Mount Olive, 1020 NE 42, for prayer and presentations before walking to the Oklahoma County Election Board at 4201 N Lincoln Blvd.

He said in 2008, excitement was high in the northeast Oklahoma City community as the presidential election neared with the then-potential first black president Barack Obama on the ballot.

“I think some of that excitement has died down but this election is a very important election,” Douglas said. “Sometimes people become complacent and we don't want them to continue to allow other people's vote to shape their destiny.”

by Carla Hinton
Religion Editor
Carla Hinton, an Oklahoma City native, joined The Oklahoman in 1986 as a National Society of Newspaper Editors minority intern. She began reporting full-time for The Oklahoman two years later and has served as a beat writer covering a wide...
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