This post has been updated with fresh content for the June 5th state-wide direct primary election.
If God is ultimately in control of the world and has a specific plan for it, why should Christians vote?
Here are three reasons to consider:
1) God calls each of us to play a part in His plan as He brings global events together according to His purposes for the world and our nation. (Titus 3:1-2, Philippians 1:27)
2) God uses people to move His plans forward. (Deuteronomy 31:7-8 and Isaiah 46:10-11 are but a few examples of this.) That truth includes every one of us and is a part of His plan for each of our lives. (Ephesians 2:10)
3) Our religious freedom as US citizens enables us to fulfill God’s call to spread the gospel. (Matthew 28:19-20) This is what our country’s founders — and many American soldiers since — have fought so hard to secure. This life-costing liberty will be enjoyed only as long as we fight for it, especially in the face of the growing trend of hostility towards Christians in our nation.
Listen to the words of Paul Weber, President and CEO of Family Policy Alliance:
“Over a century ago in 1905, humorist Mark Twain—not known as a Christian—made a significant observation as quoted in Collier’s magazine: ‘If Christians should vote their duty to God at the polls, they would carry every election, and do it with ease.'” (There’s a link to the rest of the article at the end of this post.)
Shouldn’t we be faithful stewards of our citizenship and contend for the gospel by getting out to vote for those whose principles are most pleasing to God? (Philippians 1:27)
Then when we’ve done our part, we can trust the election results that God allows, knowing it’s part of a bigger plan because “…dominion belongs to the LORD and he rules over the nations.” (Psalm 22:28)
God will be with us and go before us saying, “. . . in me (Jesus) you may have peace. In this world, you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33) and “Do not let your hearts be troubled…” (John 14:27).
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Question: What motivates you to vote or to abstain?
Additional Voting Guide Resources:
American Family Association provides a comprehensive voting guide for both federal and state races by zip code.
Christian Voter Guide has helpful links to other family-friendly associations.
The Heritage Action Scorecard tells you exactly how candidates voted on key issues. A great way to sort through all the confusing campaign ads.
Check Voting Status is self-explanatory.
FRC Action spells out the major differences in major party platforms. Super helpful.
Also, for further reading, here is the article I quoted above from Family Policy Alliance (formerly CitizenLink and Focus on the Family Action): Is Voting Your Duty to God?