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Q:

I'm sick of politicians and political campaigns, and I've decided I'm not going to vote this year. It wouldn't do any good anyway, because just one vote won't make any difference. Why bother?


A:

Let me ask you a question: What would happen to our nation if everyone decided not to vote? You know the answer—before long we’d lose our freedoms and be ruled by a power-hungry dictatorship. No system of government is perfect, including ours—but all it will take to make it collapse is an indifferent citizenry.

But I also urge you to vote for another reason: I believe it is a God-given responsibility. When Jesus walked this earth, the whole civilized world was under the authority of one individual: the Roman emperor (or Caesar). He wasn’t elected by popular vote, nor did ordinary people have an opportunity to express their views through the ballot box. And the Roman government wasn’t perfect; in fact, it promoted paganism and could be brutal.

And yet Jesus taught that people still had a responsibility to encourage and support their government in every way they possibly could. He said, “Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s” (Matthew 22:21). The same principle is true for us today: We should do everything we can to encourage and support good government—including voting. Understand the issues…know where the candidates stand on them…ask God to guide you—and then vote.

Beyond that, however, pray for our nation and its leaders—not just the President, but all who’ve been entrusted with public office. It’s the most important thing you can do. The Bible commands 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).

Make a difference in this year’s election. Take action.

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18 Comments

  1. Carolynwilson says:

    Love this man known you all my life. Grew up with you. See you in heaven.

  2. Melville Garber says:

    Thank you, Franklin Graham, for encouraging all Christians to vote.
    Since I have already decided who I am going to vote for in this coming General Election, I am going to stick with that decision. However, for every other election after that, among other considerations, I will look for the candidate who comes closest to standing up for Godly principles and commandments. I will lean more to voting for that candidate than for my party’s candidate!

  3. Kenneth luchesi says:

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    1. BGEA says:

      Kenneth, that’s great that you’re interested in ministry. We first suggest praying for God’s will in your life. If it is His desire for you to be a pastor, He can make that happen! It could also be that He wants to use you in another way. For some advice on how to know God’s will, click here: http://bit.ly/WillofGod.

      No matter where He leads you, as Christians, we do have a responsibility to tell others about Jesus. While some are called to missions overseas or maybe to a classroom right where they live, we can all share our hope in Christ with people around us – neighbors, friends, family and others we run into each day. For more on sharing the Gospel, click here: http://bit.ly/TellAboutChrist.

      If you are interested, you can also look into online evangelism training: http://www.billygrahamonlinetraining.org/.

  4. bill thomas says:

    thank you all for standing up for our LORD and SAVIOR! we need our GOD now more than ever! my family are praying and expecting HIM any time. keep the faith. bill

  5. Wesley Barrs says:

    I hope we all pray to make the right choice with our votes this year. Just don’t listen to the media listen to God. He will help us choose the government we need in these bad times.

  6. Bobby Mayfield says:

    The Bible says “you have not if you ask not” should not that same line of thought be considered when we vote. Sometimes the best option in voting is not ideal but it is the best option. Any non vote is still a vote for the worst option.

  7. Bobbie mcadams says:

    I agree with dr. Billy Graham 100%.