Election 2020

Navigating Politics

Election season 2020 is upon us. Tensions are up, emotions are deep, and the stakes are high. The temptation to withdraw or lash out has never been stronger. As the people of God, what do we do? We must pray and vote. Our staff put together some guiding principles to help us preserve the oneness we have in Christ while engaging with redemptive influence in this critical time.

At Agape, we believe:

  • No political party, platform, or candidate has an exclusive claim on God’s work
  • The Bible is the ultimate authority on what matters to God
  • The people of God have a responsibility to engage

At Agape, we won’t:

  • Endorse individual candidates from the pulpit
  • Tell you how to vote
  • Shame you for how you voted

At Agape, we will:

  • Encourage you to pray and vote
  • Hold a safe space for learning and conversation
  • Insist on respect for all people
Your vote is your seed! Your vote is your voice!
  1. FIRST, Register to Vote
  2. SECOND, Learn. Below are links to selected candidate information and party platform pages:
    a. California State Assembly (35 th District)
    i. Dawn Addis
    ii. Jordan Cunningham
    b. California State Senate (17 th District)
    i. John Laird
    ii. Vicki Nohrden
    c. U.S. Congress (CA 24 th District)
    i. Andy Caldwell
    ii. Salud Carbajal
    d. U.S. President & Vice President
    i. Donald Trump and Mike Pence
    ii. Joe Biden and Kamala Harris
    e. Platform Statements
    i. Democratic Party
    ii. Republican Party
  3. THIRD, Pray. “I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people—for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior.” (1 Timothy 2:1-3 NIV)
  4. FOURTH, Cast your ballot.
    a. Sign up to track your ballot (know when it’s mailed, received, and counted)
    b. Drop Box and Voter Services Center Locations (make sure your ballot is counted)
    c. If you prefer, bring your signed and sealed vote-by-mail ballot to Agape any Sunday up to November 1. We will have a locked ballot box at the information table, and a team that will personally deliver the ballots to the county clerk recorder’s office each week. We are making this service available to help address the access issues surrounding this election.