To Vote or Not to Vote

Have you heard someone say, “I don’t know if I should vote or not”? Then you hear statements like, “I just don’t think it will matter” or “I don’t know what to do.” I have to admit, I’ve yet to hear a sufficient reason to not vote. I know it can be confusing. I know it can seem irrelevant because “it’s just one vote.” But I want to encourage you with something. People around the world would give all they have to be able to elect their leaders. In addition, many Americans have given their lives so we can have this great freedom. Choosing to forgo your vote should be unconscionable for every American.

If you don’t know where to place your vote then educate yourself. It’s not too late. You have approximately one month to get to know the politicians and policies you’ll face in the voting booth. If you don’t know where to start, come talk to me. I’ll be glad to help you sort it out. You can start by listening to the sermon I preached 10/7/2012 at www.mabcmd.org.

I think the most concerning thing I’ve faced on this issue are the number of Christians who have bought into this “separation of church and state” myth. Space won’t permit me to cover everything in this blog, but I’ll share a few items that are important for the Christian to know.

First, God has commanded us to be under the authority of our government. Titus 3:1 says, “Remind them to be subject to rulers and authorities, to obey, to be ready for every good work.” The government has not commanded us to vote, but our government expects us to vote. Who would govern if no one voted?

Second, we need good leaders—godly leaders. If you don’t vote for the godliest person, you leave others to vote in the ungodly candidates. Your failure to vote results in a positive vote for the wrong person or policy. You need to see your vote as an opportunity to accomplish God’s will, because God wants righteousness to prevail. First Timothy 6:11 says, “But you, O man of God, flee these things and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness.”

Third, the first amendment makes it clear that all Americans have the right to practice their own religion. “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” Those are the very first words to the very first amendment. Congress expected everyone to practice their own religion, and they had no concept of a person withholding his vote for a candidate just because of genuine belief in a religion. Christians ought to vote just like non-Christians. Your desire to serve God has absolutely no bearing on your right to be involved in politics and to vote for your preferred candidate. It falls into the same category as your freedom of speech, freedom of press, or freedom to assemble.

My fellow Christians, go to the voting booth on Tuesday, November 6, and make your choice. You’ve been given a great freedom and heavy responsibility. Take it seriously.