I personally have friends and family who go to a church where members believe that it is against God's will to vote. I have heard of times when concerned that a corrupt politician would win an election, church members gathered for an all-night prayer vigil. In the morning, however, they refused to vote and the good candidate lost. Didn’t those church members do the right thing? After all, isn't politics a dirty business? Christians are citizens of heaven, not of earth… right?
~ WRONG! ~
There are at least five very good reasons why Christians should vote according to Author Jeffrey L. Myers, from his book Vital Truth: Christian Citizenship1. God has granted us authority. - All authority belongs to God, but He has put human beings on the earth as caretakers. What is our task? According to Jesus in Matthew 28:18-20, we are to go out and make disciples of all nations, teaching them to obey God in every area of life. This includes politics. We must disciple people to make godly decisions about government, and promote the efforts of those who are already doing so.
2. Christian values contribute positively to society. - The Bible’s solutions make sense. It is Christian involvement in government through the ages that gave us hospitals, civil liberties, abolition of slavery, modern science, the elevation of women, regard for human life, great works of art and literature, a workable system of justice, education for common people, the free-enterprise system, and much, much more.
3. When we see the good that results from applying God's principles, and the horror that results from rejecting them, doesn't it seem cruel and irresponsible to keep Jesus teachings about truth, love and compassion to ourselves? - At very least, we should vote to keep OUT of office those who attempt to oppose God's authority.
4. Obedience to authority demands good citizenship. - The Apostle Paul in Romans chapter 13 clearly states that we must obey governmental leaders because all authority comes from God. Here's the catch: in America, the people are the leaders! Here, at least, we express our obedience to God by exercising our rights and privileges as citizens. That means voting.
5. Good citizenship sets an example for generations to come. - Those who apply God's principles to government pave the way for generations of blessing.
I encourage all Christians to read this blog post by Randy Alcorn: Election 2012 Part 5: Is it Wrong to Vote for the Lesser of Evils? Shouldn’t We Instead Vote for a Third Party Candidate?
"If you don’t vote, you have lost your right to complain. And may I further add, that when you tell your children and grandchildren about how at one time America was a Christian Nation, please be sure to tell them that because of people like yourself, who chose not to vote – You chose to not pass on the blessing to them. You my friend, are part of America’s downfall."