Why I vote

by David R. Brumbelow

David R. Brumbelow is pastor of Northside Baptist Church in Highlands, Texas. He holds a B.A. from East Texas Baptist University, and an M.Div. from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is the author of The Wit and Wisdom of Pastor Joe Brumbelow, which is about his father. David also wrote Ancient Wine and the Bible: The Case for Abstinence, Free Church Press. David blogs at gulfcoastpastor.blogspot.com, where this article first appeared Oct. 24.

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We have a responsibility to be good citizens. We should do what we can to make this country a better place in which to live. As Christians, we are to “render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s (the state), and to God the things that are God’s” Mark 12.17.

Scripture tells us to be respectful to the governmental authorities: Rom. 13.1-7; Titus 3.1; 1 Peter 2.13-17.

In a democracy, informed voting can make a difference for the better.

What if I don’t agree with either of the candidates?
Rarely will you agree on every detail. Ask who is the closest to what you believe on the major issues of the day. Frankly, sometimes we have to vote for the lesser of two evils.

Where can I get information on the issues and candidates?
Newspapers, local & world news broadcasts, magazines such as WORLD (worldmag.com), Southern Baptist Texan (texanonline.net).

Ask those you respect about the issues.
Internet sources include: ivotevalues.com; bpnews.net

Is voting important?
Yes. In the early days of our country by one vote it was determined that we would speak English instead of German. One man became U.S. President by just one electoral vote. Every vote matters. Even if you lose, you have done the right thing. Let’s do the right thing in the right way, and leave the results to God.

What exactly should I do?

1. Register to vote at least 30 days before the election.
2. Be informed about the candidates and the issues.
3. Pray.
4. Vote your convictions.

“Let each citizen remember at the moment he is offering his vote . . . that he is executing one of the most solemn trusts in human society for which he is accountable to God and his country.” Samuel Adams.

“The only thing needed for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.”

Edmund Burke, British Statesman

“I believe it is vitally important that we cast our ballots for candidates who base their decisions on biblical principles and support the nation of Israel. I urge you to vote for those who protect the sanctity of life and support the biblical definition of marriage between a man and a woman.” Evangelist Billy Graham, christianpost.com; 2012.