Why Vote?

By Debbie Wuthnow



“Why should I vote?”

We’re so glad you asked. At iVoterGuide, we want to equip you to make informed decisions and be able to educate others – and not just on which candidates you choose once you get to the polls.

We want you to understand WHY you should vote. Who says so? Does it make a difference? What if you don’t like the choice of candidates, should you still vote?

From scriptures to civics and family legacies, let’s talk voting.

Reason #1

The Bible is clear that we should care about who governs, obey legitimate authority, and be salt and light in a world of darkness.

Is the Bible silent on government and elections? Far from it.

Although in Biblical times, people were under Jewish law and did not vote, we can look at Acts 6:1-5 and see that the disciples called on the congregation to elect seven men who would be devoted to minister the Word of God. The congregation chose Stephen, Philip, Procorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolas from Antioch, a convert to Judaism. Like them, we should chose those who “are full of the Spirit and wisdom.”

We can also see the importance of government authority in Romans 13 when we are told directly, “Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God.” Matthew 22:21 also instructs us to “render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.”

Finally, in Proverbs 14:34 we see that “righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people.”

So how do we take part in making a nation righteous? We must be salt and light.

“You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people's feet.” Matthew 5:13 (ESV)

If you have spent much time listening to good Bible teachers, you have heard a message or two about salt. In modern times, we mostly think of salt as something that brings out the flavor in our food. Salt even finds its way into dessert as science has taught us that adding a bit of salt can actually improve our perception of sweetness as well. Well, before the days of refrigeration, salt was also a method of food preservation.

As Christians, we are called to be “the salt of the earth” according to Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount as written in Matthew. Our charge is to flavor and preserve the earth. One of the ways we share that salt to flavor and even preserve the world around us is to influence who manages our government by participating in the election process and voting. When we choose not to vote, we walk away from our chance to make a difference.

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