In just a few days all across the nation, millions of people will line up at the polls to cast their votes for the midterm election. I understand that God is sovereign and that whatever the outcome, He’ll still be on His throne. However as Christians, we have a duty to vote– not for our conveniences but by our convictions. I love what Noah Webster said regarding our right and responsibility to vote:
“In selecting men for office, let principle be your guide. Regard not the particular sect or denomination of the candidate – look to his character. . . . When a citizen gives his suffrage to a man of known immorality he abuses his trust; he sacrifices not only his own interest, but that of his neighbor, he betrays the interest of his country.”
“When you become entitled to exercise the right of voting for public officers, let it be impressed on your mind that God commands you to choose for rulers, ‘just men who will rule in the fear of God.’ The preservation of government depends on the faithful discharge of this duty; if the citizens neglect their duty and place unprincipled men in office, the government will soon be corrupted; laws will be made, not for the public good so much as for selfish or local purposes; corrupt or incompetent men will be appointed to execute the laws; the public revenues will be squandered on unworthy men; and the rights of the citizens will be violated or disregarded. If a republican government fails to secure public prosperity and happiness, it must be because the citizens neglect the divine commands, and elect bad men to make and administer the laws.”
The Bible is clear, “When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.” Proverbs 29:2. As you head to the polls, ask yourself this question, “What do these candidates think of our God, our Bible, our Constitution, and our country?” The answer to these questions will quickly reveal who should get our vote!