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.
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.”