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How Ballot Measures Succeed

Updated: Jan 3

Whether opposing or supporting a ballot measure, it begins with mobilizing your base. Your base are like-minded individuals who agree with what you are trying to do. In this case, it's the Christian citizen who believes that it is wrong to kill innocent human beings.

According to pew research, of all adults in the state of Colorado, 61% of Colorado adults attend church at least several times per year. In Colorado, 64% of adults say they are Christian. Protestants make up 41% of the population with Catholics making up 16%.

To get a ballot measure passed in Colorado, there needs to be 50% plus one vote of those casting a vote in that election for the initiative to become law. Based on the numbers, if churchgoers register and vote Biblically, Christians could pass any measure.

While politically motivated ballot initiatives may use consensus, compromise, manmade strategies, and follow public opinion, a ballot measure based on moral principal - such as ending a holocaust - must lead public opinion using God's standard of morality.

We began this ballot initiative in prayer, have as its foundation truth, enlisted advisors, rely on God working in the hearts and minds of those who will listen, and are calling on God's people to share the vision. The vision here being that abortion clinics will be closed, mothers will be referred to non-violent resources, and actual lives will be saved.

Whether ending slavery, promoting equal rights, or protecting children, you cannot compromise with evil. The time is always today for doing the right thing. For "today is the day of salvation."

Having a successful ballot measure requires effort by those who care about the issue. It requires each of us doing our part to speak life over our state and vote our beliefs. These campaigns typically cost millions of dollars in campaign ads. We can also each offer what we are each able to do and persuade people by having one-on-one conversations.

Success is not limited to winning at the ballot box. It is God's people becoming conformed to His image. It is educating people along the way. Success includes the lives that are saved because we had the conversation. It is sharing the grace of Jesus. And being obedient and faithful to Christ, above any man. It is living out our faith. And raising a banner of truth, life, and love.

For this moral ballot initiative that ends treating children in the womb as property, promotes equal rights of children, and protects children from intentional mutilation and death, thousands of children's lives will be saved when it passes.

For further study:

Hosea 4:6, Deuteronomy 30, Matthew 25, Luke 6:47-49, Galatians 1, 2 Corinthians 6

Faye Barnhart is a Co-Proponent of the Colorado Life Initiative. A mother and wife, Faye has been a follower of Jesus Christ since a small child and has served four pregnancy care centers in two states, including CEO of the largest pregnancy center geographically in the United States and Colorado. She has also served as an aid at the Colorado state Capitol. She is a Life Affirming Specialist and Women's Advocate with more than twenty-six years in ministry.

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