Some people are seriously fed up with this election season. Every election season gets nasty, but this one seems particularly vitriolic (vocab word for you) – to the point that many people have just tuned out, and some are considering not voting at all.
Yes, you should vote.
In my sermons recently I have been teaching on American history and how God has used Christians at different times of American history to impact the country. In the research I have done, one thing is very clear – the right to vote has been HARD FOUGHT in our country. First we fought for “no taxation without representation” – the right to vote on our taxes as citizens. The War of Independence had to be fought to gain that right. In 1828 the right to vote was extended to citizens who did not own land – changing some of the economics of voting. Then there was the fight for slaves to be free and able to vote – for those right our country fought the Civil War and many other political and legal battles. It wasn’t until 1920 that women were granted the right to vote.
Add to this the history of the world – where most people have had no say in the direction of their government or political leaders. This is still the case in many places of the world today. When we don’t vote, it is almost a “passive vote” to return to darker times. People have fought hard for our citizens to have a voice – not voting is like choosing to silence yourself.
Yes, we should vote.
Sadly, voter turnout is less than 60% of those who are of voting age. For those who register to vote, turnout is higher, usually 70-80%.
Philippians 3:20 says that we are “citizens of heaven.” Being citizens of heaven makes us better citizens of our countries on earth, just as loving the Author of love makes us love everyone else more. Being citizens of the Kingdom of God helps us to realize the rights and responsibilities of citizens everywhere. Christians have lived these out when they have fought for rights, sacrificed their lives for justice, and lived for the freedom of all. We did not vote for God but He voted for us – we are His “elect” people, called to be His ambassadors to the world. We follow Jesus first – and that includes being great citizens (even if that sometimes means speaking against untruth and injustice).
I won’t tell you who to vote for. Thankfully, the future of this country is not wholly dependent on our president, as important as that office is. The future of our country rests more in the hands of our citizens – who choose every day to do what is right or wrong, work hard or be lazy, follow God or their own selfishness.
Yes, you should vote.