Jesus isn’t a Republican… (and why you should vote)

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I heard a statistic on Sunday that 60% of evangelical Christians don’t vote.**  The day before I heard about the thoughts of a young man who is passionate about his anti- government ideas and, yet, when asked if he voted the answer was no. I suspect he is not a lone individual.

It baffles me (and then it doesn’t) that more people don’t’ vote.  It wasn’t long ago that I was so preoccupied with my own life that I didn’t think about voting.  Later I remember thinking one little vote wouldn’t matter nor did I have one clue about the world, our nation or how it worked.  I was ignorant.  I’m still working to educate myself.

As Christians, who by nature typically care about people, how can we justify not voting?  Some might claim their prayer meetings for leaders and our nation is more powerful than any action taken in the natural.  Pray for our nation.  Yes.  Pray that it would be righteous and just. Pray her people are cared for and their liberties defended.  But prayer alone is not enough.

Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food.  If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; be warm and well fed,” but does nothing of his physical needs what good is it?  In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.  James 2:15-17

Praying for transformation of this nation and not participating in the privilege of voting is faith without action.

Jesus cares about government but he’s not a Republican, a Democrat, Independent or a Libertarian.  Voting carry’s with it the responsibility of staying informed.  It is not good enough just to vote party lines because Jesus isn’t associated with one particular party.  We need to educate ourselves on how our government works.

We might not like how it’s working but the ONLY way it’s going to change is if we participate.

In many states across the Nation tomorrow, November 5th, is Election Day.  If your state is having an election tomorrow GO vote!  If your state is not having an election tomorrow here’s your opportunity to get ahead on the issues that are important to you and how you can make a difference in coming elections.  Our government is complex and overwhelming, I still have a great deal to learn.  But thinking you don’t have to vote or that it doesn’t matter if you vote is one of the very reasons our country is not working as it should.

Are you frustrated with society, economics, education, immigration, insurance, taxes, restrictions and regulations… etc.  Then get informed and get involved.  Ask yourself, “What is the role of local, state and national government?”  Find answers.  Read your Bible.  Research online, get books from the library, and talk to people you respect.  But don’t believe everything you read – know your sources and use your brain.

Register to vote and then actually vote.  But only if you use a better method than “eenie, meenie, miney, moe.”

Complaining is worthless and prayer alone is not enough. Your voice is important and what you do matters!

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Be a herald. Together we can make a difference!

(**I was unable to verify this stat before publishing.  It could be inaccurate – but it  got me thinking, which led to this article.)

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8 thoughts on “Jesus isn’t a Republican… (and why you should vote)

    Vickie Bell said:
    November 4, 2013 at 8:46 pm

    What I’ve learned, you have no place to complain if you have not tried to affect a change by voting or expressing your opinion. Christians, together, can be a dynamic force for Godly change.

      Debra Bell responded:
      November 4, 2013 at 8:56 pm

      Well said, Vickie. Thanks for joining the conversation!

    twrightlove said:
    November 5, 2013 at 12:11 am

    I heard this on Christian radio as well! I think it is wise to vote, but many times, as you stated people think prayer alone is the answer. But, you love your country, prove it by voting for someone that seems to have the country’s best interest at heart. Enjoyed this post. 🙂 I’m certainly following! Glad I found this tonight.

      Debra Bell responded:
      November 5, 2013 at 6:27 am

      Glad to hear I’m not the only one talking about this. Sometimes it’s overwhelming to know who the ‘right” person is and who has the best interest at heart. But we pray and research and participate – not stick our head in the sand. Thanks for reading and following.

    Henshaw said:
    November 5, 2013 at 11:49 am

    If you really want to change the world look at the people around you. There’s nothing wrong with voting or not voting. We are supposed to pray and obey those in authority, but let’s not pretend that God’s will isn’t displayed in elections. Everything works according to his perfect will.

      Debra Bell responded:
      November 5, 2013 at 5:17 pm

      I agree that active participation in your local community is a necessity. People all around us need love, support, aide, and to connect, to name a few. To vote and do nothing would be a shame. However, voting does not nullify God’s sovereignty.
      Relationship and partnership with His people has always been part of His plan. All things work together for the good of those who love Him, but not all things that happen are good nor His will.
      We must be transformed in our minds in order to test and approve what His good pleasing and perfect will is. And then hopefully act (and vote) accordingly.
      Thanks for reading and participating in the conversation.

      Aaron Bell said:
      November 5, 2013 at 9:46 pm

      Henshaw, do you think God’s will is reflected in election results when His followers don’t vote? When His followers aren’t active in the decision making process and don’t select representatives that reflect His followers’ views, then God himself is not reflected. Voting is a responsibility that has been given to us by all of the previous generations of veterans who have fought for our rights given to us by God and reflected in our Constitution and Bill of Rights. To NOT vote is not “ok”.

    Henshaw said:
    November 6, 2013 at 8:59 am

    Aaron, are you suggesting that God’s will isn’t reflected if we don’t vote?

    If you look at voter participation, Americans are voting at roughly the same rate they did a century ago. What has changed?

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