Duty to Vote

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Voting is not only a privilege, but it is our civic duty as not only Christians but as Americans to vote. Our government was founded on the idea that it is “of the people, by the people, and for the people,” if ‘the people’ do not involve themselves to a certain extent they are not fulfilling their duty. As President Franklin D. Roosevelt said in 1944: “Nobody will ever deprive the American people of the right to vote except the American people themselves and the only way they could do this is by not voting at all. The continuing health and vigor of our democratic system depends upon the public spirit and devotion of its citizens which find expression in the ballot box.” They are being offered the privilege to have a say in who makes our laws, protects our freedom, and governs our nation, not taking advantage of this opportunity is foolish. A Christian has a duty to vote for many other reasons, one being that if Christians didn’t vote there wouldn’t be much Christian influence in politics. Some may argue that God is in control and will help us, but Christians should still help further His will by voting in a God driven candidate. “You will cry out for relief from the king you have chosen, and the Lord will not answer you in that day” (1 Samuel 8:18, NIV). By voting Christians have the opportunity to promote a godly government and passing up such an opportunity is naive. The sanctity of life is a right that is being taken away. If all Christians were to educate themselves and go vote many wrong issues could be abolished. All in all, it is a Christian’s duty to vote to ensure a better future for others and themselves.
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