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Why Christians Should Vote (from SBC’s ERLC Brochure by Dwayne Hastings)

Christians should vote because
Jesus tells us in the Bible to be a
part of the process, not apart
from it.

Jesus commands His followers to involve
themselves in the culture as “salt”
and “light”—bearing the purifying and
enlightening force of Scripture—to
impact society for good and for God
(Matt. 5:13-16). Informed Christians
base their views, and thus their electoral
preferences, on the wisdom they
gain from study of God’s Word and
prayer. It is a Christian’s obligation to
offer up a Bible-based agenda for the
common good.

Christians should vote because
our liberties were secured by
the blood of our forbearers in
faith early in our nation’s history
and have been preserved by the
vigilance of brave men and women
who time and time again have
defended our freedoms.

When we exercise our right to vote, we
acknowledge our gratefulness for the
sacrifice of those who have gone before
us. When Christ-followers decline to
be involved in the political process,
our voice is weakened and our ability
to bring biblically based views into the
policy arena may be eroded.

John Adams, our nation’s second
president, wrote to his wife Abigail in
1775: “It is Religion and Morality alone
which can establish the principles upon
which freedom can freely stand. A
patriot must be a religious man.”
Christians should vote because
Jesus urged His followers to
give back to Caesar the things
that are Caesar’s (Luke 20:19-26).

Voting is a means by which all citizens,
including Christians, exercise their
civic responsibilities under the rights
guaranteed in a democracy. In doing
so, Christians are acting in obedience
to the Lord’s command. While as
Americans we do not have an emperor
to whom homage is due, we do have a
Constitution within which is made clear
our right to have a participatory republic.

For a Christian to sit on his hands
during an election is an unconscionable
breach of Christ’s command.
Christians should vote because
Scripture compels us to voice
our biblically derived convictions
at the ballot box, as well as
through the mailbox and atop the
soapbox.

“For it is God’s will that you silence the
ignorance of foolish people by doing
good” (1 Pet. 2:15). As Christians, we
should be informed voters, not voting a
“party line” or simply in accordance with
another’s prescribed agenda. Christians
are to look beyond the campaign rhetoric
and artful posturing to uncover the
true policy positions of the candidates.
Christians should vote because
the innocent, the indigent,
and the unborn need a
defender.

“Mankind, He has told you what is
good and what it is the LORD requires
of you: to act justly, to love faithfulness,
and to walk humbly with your God”
(Micah 6:8). We are standing squarely
on Scripture when we support candidates
who advocate public policy that
protects innocent human life, cares
for the oppressed, and provides equal
justice for the accused.

Christians should vote because
as we exercise our civic right
we have the opportunity to
advocate policy positions that
signal our faith in the providential
care of God.

We exhibit our trust in God as we support
candidates whose public policy positions
may not directly benefit us but
offer relief to others in greater need.
“Set your minds on what is above, not
on what is on the earth” (Col. 3:2).
Our positions on the issues may
run counter to the whims of the population
at large as we emphasize policies
that address the needs of others,
placing our own interests subservient
to the public good. Since our neighbors
may well take notice of our selflessness,
we are witnessing to our abiding
faith in God.

Christians should vote because
as we involve ourselves in the
electoral and public policy
process, we pray for our leaders.
Because Jesus has charged us to carry
our faith into the public square, we bear
a necessary obligation to both pray for
our leaders and plead for policy that is
undergirded by scriptural principles.
“First of all, then, I urge that petitions,
prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings
be made for everyone, for kings and all
those who are in authority, so that we
may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all
godliness and dignity” (1 Tim. 2:1-2).

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