I am thankful my father and mother set an example of faithful citizenship for me. From my earliest days I can remember Mom and Dad going to the local town hall to vote. Back then I didn’t understand what voting was and why it was so important to them, but now as an adult and father I do understand and also want to influence government for the present and future generations. I must confess that for several years after my conversion I took a very careless approach to voting. But now I take my responsibility seriously and am convinced that Christians should view their voting privilege as a stewardship from God for which, like all other stewardships, we will one-day give an account. Therefore, let me give you four reasons you should vote today.
You should vote in order to promote righteousness and curb sin.
Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people (Proverbs 14:34). By the blessing of the upright a city is exalted, but by the mouth of the wicked it is torn down (Proverbs 11:11). The king gives stability to the land by justice, but a man who takes bribes overthrows it (Proverbs 29:4). You should not simply be a party voter. Instead your choices should be based on the issues that matter most to God—truth and righteousness and life. As far as I am concerned, a candidate that supports the murder of the unborn is not worthy of my vote regardless of how good his other positions may be. Voting provides an opportunity for believers in Christ to make a difference for righteousness sake. When wicked politicians reign, the people will groan (Proverbs 29:2), but let the negligent voter remain silent.
You should vote because the end results are in God’s sovereign hands.
Daniel, the prophet, boasted of God, it is He who changes the times and the epochs; He removes kings and establishes kings; He gives wisdom to wise men, and knowledge to men of understanding (Daniel 2:21). Solomon gave us this truth: the lot is cast into the lap, but its every decision is from the LORD (Proverbs 16:33). Some Christians fall prey to fatalism by falsely believing God will raise and lower rulers with or without their vote. Therefore, why bother? It is true that God does not need us to accomplish His will, but the fact remains that He has not only ordained the end, but the means to that end. Therefore, if God has granted us the privilege of choosing our rulers, and His Word tells us His ways are sovereign, might He not use His people to bring about His will? As citizens of heaven (Philippians 3:20) our confidence is in God not government. Therefore, don’t just vote. Vote and pray.
You should vote as a means of honoring God’s servants.
Let every person be in subjection to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God…For because of this you also pay taxes, for rulers are servants of God, devoting themselves to this very thing. Render to all what is due them: tax to whom tax is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honor to whom honor (Romans 13:1, 6-7). Honor all men; love the brotherhood, fear God, honor the king (1 Peter 2:17). Our obligation toward governing authorities is clear. We must honor their position as public servants of God and show them respect. One simple way to do that is to take time to vote.
You should vote in order to be salt and light in a sin-spoiled and dark world.
You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt has become tasteless, how will it be made salty again? It is good for nothing anymore, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men. You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do men light a lamp, and put it under the peck-measure, but on the lampstand; and it gives light to all who are in the house (Matthew 5:13-15). You should vote because it is an opportunity to influence earth for heaven’s sake. Don’t throw away an opportunity to be salty by hiding your lamp from the voting booth. Vote and pray, for it is one more way to be a heavenly citizen on earth. See you at the polls!
[NOTE: This article was originally published in Delight in the Word.]