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September 20, 2022 is designated as “National Voter Registration Day.” I’m a strong believer in civic responsibility like serving on jury duty and voting at the local, state and national levels. This country was founded on basic freedoms and the freedom of the ballot is important to me. My ancestors died for the freedom to cast a ballot. I know that voting allows me to have a choice in the policies and laws we live by. However, many do not hold my belief.

Some say there are no qualified candidates to vote for. Some say voting won’t make a difference. I get that people get mad at politicians and political parties … I join them. But not to vote allows a whole lot of problems to walk in through the backdoor. An election can be won or lost with just a handful of votes. So, I went to the source … God’s word.

As a Christian it is the duty and responsibility to vote and to vote for leaders who promote Christian principles. We are commanded to pray for our leaders (1 Timothy 2:1-4). In terms of leadership, Scripture speaks about God’s displeasure in choices of leadership (Hosea 8:4). Much of the suffering on earth is because of godless leadership (Proverbs 28:12). We have instructions to obey legitimate authority unless it contradicts the Lord’s commands (Acts 5:27-29Romans 13:1-7). We should strive to choose leaders who are willing to be led by God (1 Samuel 12:13-25). Candidates or policies that violate the Bible’s commands for life, family, marriage, or faith should never be supported (Proverbs 14:34). Believers should vote as led through prayer and study of both God’s Word and the realities of the choices on the ballot.

Voting in local elections allows people to take part in the changes to their community and have a direct voice on factors that might affect their lives in a positive or negative way. The same applies for state and national elections. Scripture gives light to the morals and values that God has ordained. Regardless of what political party you follow, a Christian voter should be guided by the Word of God and never party politics.

The good news is that Jesus is not on a side. Scripture reveals to us the expectations of a leader and what leadership should look like in a governing way. No candidate will even come close to a leader like Jesus, but if they are striving to be more like Jesus, then they definitely make for an exceptional candidate.

In this day and age, many want to drive the name and message of Christ completely out of the public arena. By voting, it gives us an opportunity to promote, protect, and preserve godly government. We can allow our vote to speak for those with voices and those without. Passing up that opportunity means allowing others to diminish the name of Jesus from our lives. The leaders we elect—or do nothing to remove—have great influence on our freedoms. They can choose to protect our first amendment right to religious freedom and the right to spread the gospel, or they can restrict those rights. They can lead our nation toward righteousness or toward moral disaster. As Christians, we should stand up and follow our command to fulfill our civic duties.

“First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.” (1 Timothy 2:1-2)

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