Why Should Christians Vote?

Why Should Christians Vote?

Why should Christians vote? King Solomon said in Proverbs, “Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people.” A Christian who votes communicates their personal convictions about righteous leaders and righteous living.

Jesus Christ, in His classical Sermon on the Mount, said:

“Christians are the salt of the earth and the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”

Jesus taught his disciples to “render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s and to God the things that our God’s.”

From Romans 13, the apostle Paul elaborates:

“Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and God appoints the authorities that exist…for rulers are God’s ministers to you for good. But if you do evil, be afraid; for he does not bear the sword in vain; for he is God’s minister, an avenger to execute wrath on him who practices evil. Therefore you must be subject, not only because of wrath but also for conscience’ sake. For because of this you also pay taxes, for they are God’s ministers attending continually to this very thing. Render therefore to all their due: taxes to whom taxes are due, customs to whom customs, fear to whom fear, honor to whom honor.”

Therefore, I am absolutely convinced that God has given Christians the responsibility to “render their vote” in every election. I have noticed that most Presidents end their speeches with… “And may God bless America.” I believe that we have been blessed by God to have a “government of the people, by the people and for the people.” This form of democracy requires citizens to register, be informed and participate. The most basic form of participation in our free society is voting. Christians in our communities should be leaders of love, servants of compassion and communicators of truth, who are passionately making a positive difference.

I believe pastors should never endorse a specific candidate, but should encourage Christian believers to live out their spiritual convictions by voting for righteousness in our nation.

I believe pastors have a biblical mandate to teach their fellowship how to live righteously in Christ Jesus.

Faith in God should influence your values in life. Voting is a way to speak out about the values and convictions of your conscience. According to the Bible, your vote is for God’s minister to lead you and this nation in righteousness. Christians should pray, then vote to exalt and bless this nation that God has called us to live in.

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  1. Barbara Smith October 22, 2012 at 12:51 pm #

    I agree wholeheartedly! These are difficult times for so many. It is imperative that we consider the values that we hold dear as citizens of this great nation, and as Christians living to glorify Christ. Take time to know what the candidates stand for and what their policies are… and vote for those who uphold those values.