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Is it really wrong as a Christian “not” to vote?

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From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: While I know we should be responsible voters, living through another election year brings discouragement, especially when I look at the few people running that can be trusted to serve this country in a good way. I’m really struggling and have just about talked myself into not voting at all. But my friends gasp when I say this and put a guilt trip on me. Is it really wrong as a Christian “not” to vote? – V.D.

A: Many people struggle with decisions as voting day approaches, saying, “I don’t have much use for politicians, and my vote won’t make a difference anyway; think I’ll just stay home.”

It’s easy to become cynical about government or feel that our vote is insignificant. But what happens if everyone has this attitude? What kind of leadership would we likely get then? We need leaders who are people of integrity and wisdom and truly care about our country. The best thing to do in such times is to remind ourselves of all we should be thankful for — to even live in a country where we have the privilege to cast a vote for someone we believe will be honest and govern according to God’s way.

The Bible tells us to pray for “all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness” (1 Timothy 2:2, NIV). When we pray regularly for those who are willing to serve as political leaders, it will help us make the best choices when we go to the polls, for God gives us wisdom when we humble ourselves and pray for His guidance.

 

“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God” (James 1:5, NKJV).

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This column is based on the words and writings of the late Rev. Billy Graham.)

©2024 Billy Graham Literary Trust. Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.


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