Op-ed by Mary Mack

Through the Parable of the Minas, Jesus told his followers that He was leaving Earth to claim His kingdom and that when He returns He will hold us accountable for how we have spent our time. In the meantime, He commanded us to “Occupy until I come.” (Luke 19:13)

That word ‘occupy’ in the original Greek is pragmateuomai, meaning ‘to busy oneself’.[1] The root of this word is pragma, from the verb prasso, ‘to practice’—i.e., to perform repeatedly or habitually, to execute, accomplish, commit deeds, to act, to fare, to use arts.[2]

Various English-language dictionaries define ‘occupy’ in the following ways: to take possession of, to hold fast, to engage the attention or energies of, to perform the functions of an office or position, to reside in as owner or tenant, to keep watch, to keep the law.[3]

Therefore, Jesus commanded Christians to take possession of their land and hold it fast. He ordered us to obey the laws of the land and remain actively engaged in business, politics, and the arts, and to govern our lives to the fullest in a manner that will honor and profit the Kingdom of God. Any inaction or half-heartedness on our part will incur His wrath and judgement (Luke 19:22). We cannot be like the servant who buried his mina until the master returned.

When we do not actively engage in our society, we are violating a sacred command from God.

The United States was founded on Judeo-Christian principals, but those values are fast eroding. We Christians have not remained busy in the political arena, the marketplace of ideas, the schools, the media, or the entertainment industry, and we have been usurped from those positions by inaction. Our silence and inaction have allowed the usurper to occupy the land in our stead. How will we be judged when Jesus returns?

We must reclaim what we lost! And the best place to begin is at the ballot box.

We must reclaim what we lost! And the best place to begin is at the ballot box. Christians must Occupy the Vote, for that is how we will control the fate of the nation. As Jesus commanded, we should Occupy the Vote repeatedly and habitually. We must keep watch over the political debate and involve ourselves in the issues. We must cast intelligent, well-informed votes that serve notice to the world that Christians occupy this land! In doing so, we will bring honor to our Master and profit to the Kingdom of God.

On August 10, 2018, DefCon hosted a hacker convention in Las Vegas and invited attendees to hack a replica of the voting infrastructure to find vulnerabilities in the system’s equipment. The ‘Voting Village’ featured voting equipment that is in use in elections today, including voting machines, an e-poll book system, and election-related security appliances.

DefCon reported that an 11-year-old child was able to hack into a replica of Florida’s voting system in just ten minutes after “an introductory walkthrough of how to perform a SQL injection.” [4] Thirty-five kids selected for the test were able to tamper with “vote tallies, party names, candidate names, etc; Total vote counts were changed…and candidate names were changed…” Read the whole disturbing story at https://threatpost.com/def-con-2018-voting-hacks-prompt-push-back-from-election-officials-vendors/134980/.

Clearly, we cannot trust a computer-based election process. We should push for a return to paper ballots.

The State of Florida recently reviewed its voter registration list and discovered over 50,000 deceased voters still on the rolls![5] That’s 50,000 votes available for corrupt politicians to abuse. I guarantee those votes would not be cast in support of Christian values. As Christians, this is something that we should be occupied with. Because our votes determine the direction of the nation, we must guard the integrity of the election process. We must fight potential voter fraud by enacting legislation that will require each state to clean up the voter registration rolls.

Under federal law, foreign nationals are not allowed to vote in American elections. A 2017 report by the political watchdog group Judicial Watch revealed that “1,046 aliens, or residents who are not U.S. citizens, were on the voter rolls in eight Virginia counties leading up to the 2016 presidential election. If that rate of non-citizen registration held in the rest of Virginia’s counties, that would mean that about 6,500 non-citizens are registered to vote in the state. Additionally, Judicial Watch’s investigation found that 57,923 Virginians were registered to vote in at least one other state…[6]

How many non-citizens are living in the U.S. illegally right now? According to a 2014 Washington Post article, that number is estimated to be ELEVEN MILLION, and it’s growing every day.[7] Some factions want to grant amnesty to those people as a way of solving the problem; however, illegal activity violates the rule of law, and granting amnesty to lawbreakers erodes the Constitution. As Christians, we are mandated to get involved and Occupy the legislative process, as Jesus commanded.

Tens of thousands of illegal immigrants in Virginia alone have already made a sham of our Constitution by perpetrating voter fraud on a massive scale. Multiply the Virginia data by 50 states, and the numbers become mind-boggling. More than 22 million people voted in the 2016 presidential election, and according to the Judicial Watch data from Virginia, as many as one-sixth of those votes could have been fraudulent. 3.5 million illegal votes could easily turn an election around; eleven million could destroy America as we know it.

Every illegal vote cancels a legal vote.

Who stands to gain from voter fraud? Answer: Not the kind of politicians that Christians would vote for. Christian votes are being cancelled by the millions and YOU need to step up and do something about it.

It is a given that those illegal votes will be cast for politicians who condone illegal activity. That means that politicians who represent Christian-values voters will lose elections because of criminals who are hijacking our election system. We must get involved and Occupy the election process, as Jesus commanded. First of all, Christians should VOTE. Christians who fail to participate in elections are living in disobedience to Jesus’s command to occupy until He comes. We should also drive for legislation that prevents voter fraud and election corruption. For example, we should insist on voter I.D.s, a return to the paper ballot, and regular purging of the voter registration rolls in each county.

Do more than Rock the Vote. Occupy the Vote.

Mary Mack is an award-winning screenwriter (Table Read My Screenplay contest, Best Fantasy Screenplay, 2015) and has taught screenwriting workshops for the California Writers Club. Mary is the Editor of The Mohahve Muse, the official newsletter of the Mohahve Historical Society, and Assistant Editor of The Inkslinger, the newsletter of the California Writers Club (High Desert). As a freelance editor, Mary has earned a reputation among her clientele as an insightful story consultant and eagle-eyed proofreader. As a freelance graphic designer, she creates logos, book covers, business cards, letterhead, and promotional material for clients across the world.
Contact Mary at mary_mack@outlook.com

[1Strong, James, LL.D. S.T.D., Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible; Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1995 [2] Ibid[3] Sources: Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary and http://gospelhall.org/bible/bible.php?search=prasso&dict=vine&lang=greek[4] https://twitter.com/VotingVillageDC/status/1028103170864697345?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1028103170864697345&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.pbs.org%2Fnewshour%2Fnation%2Fan-11-year-old-changed-election-results-on-a-replica-florida-state-website-in-under-10-minutes[5] 2018 Illegal Alien Election Impact Survey, Judicial Watch, August 2018. www.JudicialWatch.org[6] https://www.trunews.com/article/judicial-watch-illegal-immigrants-did-vote[7]https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2014/11/19/your-complete-guide-to-obamas-immigration-order/?utm_term=.91907e11917a

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