Let’s Vote in Our Primary Elections

Should the Christian participate in elections? Christianity was born in a society where the voice of the people was limited. While there may have been some Christians who participated in elections at that time, few probably did because they would not have been eligible to do so due to their place in society. Moreover, the votes of those who did participate, didn’t count for very much under the reign of a Roman emperor. So why should Christians vote today?

Christians should vote today to show love toward one’s community. Jesus said, “You will love your neighbor as yourself” (Matthew 22:39). Voting is an expression of loving your neighbor because it is showing concern for him in relationship to the society in which he lives. Elections are supposed to pertain to the public good. Inasmuch as loving our neighbor seeks his good, participating in elections demonstrates love. Christians also have an obligation to respect government. Romans 13:1-7 and 1 Peter 2:13-17 speak to this and includes being a cooperative participant with government and its processes. Our government has deemed it appropriate for its citizens to vote. When we vote, we are cooperating and participating with our government’s processes. Christians are also called to be a good influence on others. Jesus said, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:16). The voting Christian has a good influence on society because his thoughts and decisions will be informed by Jesus.

We have a primary election on March 6th. This election may very well determine who will serve in our state government for the next several years. Let’s resolve to help our community and state by voting.

God bless you, and I love you.

Kevin Cauley