A Message from our Founder and President
Dear My Faith Votes constituents,
This morning as I prayed, the Lord prompted me to pray specifically for the times we face in the coming 19 weeks. God called me to the task of “doing the something that I could do” to wake up people in America who are followers of Jesus to do the “something that they can do” to return our Lord to the “public square” and make Jesus’ presence known to a hurting and dying culture without God in America.
I think that expresses fairly well why I told God that I would do what I didn't feel qualified to do to launch an effort to accomplish that goal—even though I told Him that I really did not want to start something that would ultimately become My Faith Votes. I am humbled by and extremely proud of what has been accomplished since that morning in 2015 when My Faith Votes officially began. A core group of us at the beginning asked that question as to what we could and should do to “wake up people in America who are followers of Jesus to do the ‘something that they can do’ to return our Lord to the ‘public square’ and make Jesus’ presence known to a hurting and dying culture without God in America.” What we have seen is that God can do so much, even with our limited resources.
My prayer for My Faith Votes, for those who graciously join this mission and for myself for the next 19 weeks before the November 3 election is that we will constantly remind ourselves that, in His prayer recorded in John 17, Jesus told us as He prayed to His Father that the world (including America in 2020) is a tremendous battleground where the forces under Satan’s power and those under God’s authority are at war. Satan and his forces are motivated by bitter hatred for Christ and His forces.
Jesus prayed for His disciples, including those of us who follow Him today. He prayed that God would keep His chosen believers safe from Satan’s power, setting them apart and making them pure and holy, uniting them through His truth.
I also pray that we will remember that if we are truly recognizing our Lord in all our circumstances (no matter how difficult), we have no business being concerned about how and where He is engineering our circumstances. We must let our circumstances (and the huge hill we must climb) be what they may, but we must keep recognizing Jesus, maintaining complete reliance upon Him. It is only through the abandonment of ourselves and our circumstances that we will recognize Jesus in the midst of it all. In other words, we must keep our eyes on Him and lift Him up in the midst of our “public square” and make His presence known to a nation fraught with division.
That is our target. I want to thank each of you for all you have done and are doing to help hit the bullseye of that target. To God alone be the glory.
-Sealy Yates, Founder and President, My Faith Votes
Sealy Yates is senior partner at Yates & Yates, LLP, a law firm in Orange County, CA, representing some of the most well-known Christian Authors in the United States. Yates & Yates is a continuation of Sealy’s founding work as a lawyer beginning in October 1969. Sealy is a graduate of Baylor University where he earned a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration in 1965 and of UCLA School of Law from which he received his Juris Doctor degree in 1968. He has served on the board of directors for some of the most excellent and successful ministry organizations in the world including, Open Doors International, Insight for Living, Turning Point Ministries, Ransomed Heart Ministries, as well as the Pepperdine School of Law Board of Visitors. Sealy’s firm served as general counsel for 16 years for the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association where he assisted in the organization and launch of that trade association. Yates & Yates also serves as literary agents for the firm’s author clients. He founded My Faith Votes in 2015.
My Faith Votes—is a nonpartisan movement that motivates, equips and activates Christians in America to vote in every election, transforming our communities and influencing our nation with biblical truth. By partnering with national faith leaders, My Faith Votes provides resources to help Christians Pray, Think, and Act to create an America where God is honored in the public square.