Should A Christian Vote?

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Should a Christian Vote this Tuesday, November 6th? Well, that depends on whether or not you want to obey the Word of God! Voting is every citizen’s duty, and especially every Christian citizen’s Biblical duty. Note well the Biblical principle from -- Deuteronomy 16:18, "You shall appoint judges and officers in all your towns that the LORD your God is giving you, according to your tribes, and they shall judge the people with righteous judgment” (See also: Matthew 22:17-22; Romans 13:1-10; 1 Peter 2:13-17).

 

Dear Christian, such a question should never have to be asked. It should be obvious from the above Scriptures that every believer is to be involved in upholding the moral fabric and religious freedom of his homeland. Yes, every child of God must use his voice in this election both in the voting booth and in his prayer closet (1 Timothy 2:1-2).  However, this upcoming election has caused many professing Christians to hesitate on the former and to speak of neglecting the latter. They say we now have a president whose platform is identical with Romans 1:18-32 and a challenger whose doctrine is antithetical to the whole Bible (The Church of Latter-Day Saints or Mormonism). With both of these real concerns, I concur. However, you are not voting for a pastor, but for a public official whose chief responsibility is to uphold what is summarized in Romans 13:4: “…for he is God's servant for your good.”

Dear believer, we are responsible to vote for officials who will uphold our U.S. Constitution and “do well” to our fellow citizens of every financial status, race, religion, etc. This translates to our future president’s primary responsibilities being: to protect us from our enemies; to preserve our moral, domestic, societal, and religious freedoms; and to provide us with fiscally restrained and competent leadership, which creates morally prosperous opportunities through a robust job-creation plan (i.e. one of the best ways you can love your neighbor as yourself [Matthew 22:39-40] is by helping him secure a job!).

Dear Christian citizen of America (and citizen of heaven – Philippians 3:20), this Tuesday, November 6th, you will be called upon to exercise your sacred duty to vote! On this day, the citizens of our great state of Mississippi and this great nation will be asked to exercise their freedom (“responsibility”) to vote for the next president of the United States. At that privileged and solemn time, Mississippi Christians must not stay home, indifferent to the whole political process. Instead, they should pray, then get out and vote! Remember the words of the great eighteenth-century British statesman Edmund Burke: “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”

Shamefully, shortly after this election, those who have intentionally not spoken with their vote will continue their endless complaints about how the government has failed them, even though they themselves are the ones to blame for choosing the path of civil apathy over civil responsibility. Listen carefully:  a citizen of a free land who treats his liberty to vote as less than a precious privilege/responsibility from our kind God, will get what he deserves.  Proverbs 29:2 says, “When the righteous increase, the people rejoice, but when the wicked rule, the people groan.

In 1992, when only 30% of Americans exercised their right to vote, Bill Clinton won with 42% of the vote, while George H.W. Bush and Ross Perot garnered 39% and 19% respectively. This meant that Bill Clinton captured the presidency with fewer than 15% of the possible vote. In the 2000 presidential election, a little more than 50% of all professing American Christians “passed” on exercising their freedom to vote in that crucial election. (We all know how unnecessarily close that election was – it was decided by approximately 500 votes!)

If Christians had been politically responsible in 1992 and 2000, what a difference it would have made! Very conservative estimates taken shortly after the 2004 presidential election revealed that roughly 50% of all Americans who were eligible and registered to vote actually did so. Fortunately, voter participation for the 2008 presidential election and 2010 mid-term elections were much-improved from previous years for both the Democrats and Republicans. However, the November 6, 2012, presidential election must see voter responsibility exercised at the highest level on record if we are to truly garner the collective voice of our great nation.

Dear saint of God, how will this increased exercise of voter responsibility be possible?  By first repenting of our past political apathy, and then, by informing our mind of the issues and getting out to vote. The time is NOW for us all to be salt and light in our decaying culture.  Our Lord Jesus said in Matthew 5:13-16, "You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people's feet. You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” 

Dear Christian citizen of Mississippi, we must pray fervently for God’s mercy upon this Tuesday’s outcome (Habakkuk 3:2: “O LORD, I have heard the report of You, and Your work, O LORD, do I fear. In the midst of the years revive it; in the midst of the years make it known; in wrath remember mercy.”)! So, if you are a Christian, you have no other choice but to vote this Tuesday.  If you failed to register to vote, repent, pray, and encourage registered voters to vote!  And, I believe, the Christian’s vote should minimally support: Life (no Abortion), Traditional Marriage (only between a Man and Woman), a Balanced-Budget (only spend what we take in), Lower Taxes and Less Government (which means more jobs). 

In conclusion, hear the following words of wisdom from the great German Reformer Martin Luther (1483-1546).

“If I profess with the loudest voice and the clearest exposition every portion of the truth of God except precisely that little point which the world and the devil are at that moment attacking, I am not confessing Christ, however boldly I may be professing Him.”

Dear Christian, I hope and pray to see you at the polls this Tuesday!

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