Over the years, many people have asked us why we publish a Voter’s Guide in our magazines. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been told, “Christians shouldn’t be involved in politics.” At times, Christians are tempted by despair. We wonder if it’s even worthwhile to vote, if the politicians and the programs offered are even worth engaging in. Perhaps it’s better to simply sit out an election? Others wonder if, by voting, they are usurping the sovereignty of a God who works through the affairs of men to put in power whom he will (Rom. 13:1; Dan. 2:21; Psa. 75:7).
I understand the temptation toward disengagement in the voting process, but I believe Christians should make their voices heard. Here are 10 reasons why we, as Christians, should make it a priority to participate in the voting process:
1. Voting publicly recognizes that we submit to the authority of the political system in our nation as established by God. (Rom. 13:1-7)
2. Voting recognizes the equality of all people and their right to speak and be heard. (Deut. 10:17-19)
3. It is one way that we can obey God’s command to seek the good of those around us and our nation as a whole. (Jer. 29:5-6)
4. It shows that we care deeply about who our leaders are as we are urged to offer prayer and intercession on their behalf. (1 Tim. 2:1-2)
5. It is a simple yet significant way we can do something about politics in our nation. ‘All that is required for evil to prevail is for good men to do nothing’, Edmund Burke. (Psalms 34:14)
6. It makes a difference the way a grain of salt makes a difference, and that is how we are to influence our society for good. (Matt. 5:13)
7. It is a privilege not to be taken for granted. Those of us who reap the benefits of living in a democracy should play a part in upholding democracy.
8. Not voting is a form of voting, as it will influence the outcome. We need to take responsibility for our actions, as well as our lack of actions. (Luke 10:25-37)
9. Voting has biblical precedence for example Acts 14:23 describes that the early Christians elected elders by voting.
10. Voting is part of our stewardship to use all the resources we have been given in ways that honor God; to waste a vote is to squander a gift.
As a Christian publication, one of the primary factors that determines whether we endorse a candidate or not is their stance on Pro-Life issues. Another is their view on the sanctity of marriage. We feel the candidates that we endorse should best represent the views and values closest to that of our readership.
Joseph R. Menslage
Fort Bend Christian Magazine