“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. --That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed…”
These are the first few lines of the second paragraph of the Declaration of Independence. Notice that the government derives its “just powers” from the “governed.” In other words, our founding fathers saw that the most basic element of the new nation that they were forming was participation.
The most basic element of participation in our government is voting. When you vote, you help determine who will lead our nation, make our laws and protect the liberties that we love.
Voting is something that millions of people around the world only dream about, and the peaceful transition of government that we are so used to is foreign to the experience of a great portion of the world’s population. However, even though we have this great opportunity, many Americans choose not to vote.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, as many as 35% of eligible Americans are not even registered to vote - that is up to 65 million people. And according to data provided by the Pew Research Center, only one out of four eligible evangelical Christians votes on a regular basis.
The estimate is that there are 59 million potential evangelical voters. Imagine the impact that evangelical Christians could have regarding the direction of our nation, the character of its leadership, and the moral well-being of its people if we all prayerfully engaged in this most basic civic participation and voted.
One author writes the following…
“Sometimes people of faith say, ‘Well, God is going to take care of everything.’ But what Christians need to realize is that God takes care of everything precisely through his people…” (Father Frank Pavone Citizen, July 2004)
It is crucial, therefore, that Christians be registered, be informed, and vote according to their values and convictions. An informed vote takes effort and the choices will not always be easy, but it is always significant.
In this election year, may God guide our voting and may God bless America.