During the last election in the US we heard that a lot of Christians who were solid in their faith would not be casting a vote on election day. They were principled and they refused to vote for someone they felt did not follow scriptural truths. Because they refused to vote, over 5 million votes were not cast. Those were 5 million votes that would have made a big difference in the outcome of the election.
We are privileged to live in a country that gives us the opportunity to make decisions about how we are governed and who governs us. Many others live in countries that do not offer this privilege. When godly people refuse to become part of the process of voting, often the people elected are ungodly, unprincipled officials.
One of the duties of a follower of Jesus Christ is to bring Kingdom principles into every area of society. One of those areas that affects all of us to a great degree is how our country is governed. From the smallest local office to the office of the President, voters make choices as to whom the people will be who occupy those offices. If those who have committed their lives to Jesus Christ and live by godly principles do not vote, they fail to bring Kingdom influence to elections.
Nothing was ever gained by staying home and refusing to vote. It may make you feel better that you stood on your principles, but in the end, it is not a benefit when your voice is not heard. Seldom do we have a candidate that believes exactly as we do. Often we must make our choices based on what the future will look like as a person governs. Many times we don’t have strong believers running for office or there may be someone who professes to follow Christ, but we don’t see the fruit in his or her life that we would want to see. Sometimes it seems we must choose between the lesser of two evils. But choose we must!
1 Timothy 2:1 tells us, “Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence.” It continues, “For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.”
We must be spiritually active regarding our government. We need to be praying year-round for those who govern us. We need to be asking the Lord for godly men and women who will run for offices and we need to put feet to our faith by supporting them when they do run. Voting should be the culmination of our prayer, not the beginning. We cannot be spiritually passive and then refuse to vote when the candidates are not to our liking.
We are the voice of Christ in our nation. Being silent before, during, and after an election is not the role God has given us. The Body of Christ should be known for what we believe, not only what we reject. Now is the time to be interceding for our nation and the upcoming election. And then make your voice heard by voting, not staying home in protest.
“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” Edmund Burke