The question most people ask is, “How should Christians vote?” But the fundamental question is, “Should Christians vote?” Data shows that only 40 percent of self-described Christians vote in most presidential election years. I have a dear friend who is a leader and teacher in his prominent Southern Baptist church, who has never voted. He wears that as a badge of honor. We’ve all heard the arguments. My vote doesn’t matter. The bums are all corrupt. So let’s address the question on which all Christian political engagement hinges. Should Christians vote?
The answer is yes. It is the duty and responsibility of every Christian to vote and to vote for leaders who promote Christian principles. God is in control, but that doesn’t mean we should not get involved. We are commanded to pray for our leaders (1 Timothy 2:1-4). We need to recognize that God cares about our choices of leadership (Hosea 8:4). Much of the suffering in the world is the result of godless leadership (Proverbs 28:12). God tells his followers to choose leaders who will be led by him (1 Samuel 12:13-25). We should put in place leaders whose proposals are in line with biblical commands for life, marriage, and faith (Proverbs 14:34).
In much of the world, Christians are oppressed and persecuted. They suffer under governments that hate their faith and silence their voices. These believers declare their faith at the risk of their own lives. As American believers we must take advantage of our freedoms. Yet, one in five Christians are not even registered to vote. Christian values are being driven from the public square. Voting is the opportunity to promote, protect, and preserve godly government. Passing on that opportunity means handing total leadership over to those who have no compulsion to protect our values.
The leaders we elect (or do nothing to remove) have great influence on our freedoms. They can choose to protect our right to worship and spread the gospel, or they can restrict those rights. They can lead our nation toward righteousness or toward moral disaster. As Christians, we should stand up and follow our command to fulfill our civic duties (Matthew 22:21). So yes, Christians should vote . . . every time.