Why I vote

November 1, 2012

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.

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David R. Brumbelow

Correction:
Not one, but two American presidents were elected by one vote, but it was not the electoral vote.
Because they did not get a majority of electoral votes, the decision went to the House of Representatives where each won by one vote.
Those two presidents were Thomas Jefferson and John Quincy Adams.
Sorry for the error.
David R. Brumbelow

rhutchin

Given that one of the major political parties is strongly supporting abortion, same-sex marriage and approval of homosexual behavior, and is heavy into lotteries and gambling (at least in my state), it has become easy for me to decide who I will NOT vote for. The problem is that the leftovers are not always that appealing. Nonetheless, I always vote against those who call evil good.

Shane Dodson

“Nonetheless, I always vote against those who call evil good.”

You mean like killing babies who were conceived due to rape and incest?

You mean like homosexual adoption?

Sadly, a third party option is not an option in my state. Thus, in order for me to vote my convictions, I will abstain from voting.

    Robert

    Shane I believe you are making a mistake when you say that you are abstaining from voting. I understand that both candidates have problems. I also understand that our armed forces around the world fight and give their lives to protect the freedoms and liberties that we possess in this country. It is a great right and privelege to vote in a free democracy like ours. I also understand that sometimes since we live in a fallen world, we must choose the lesser of evils. So while I understand your point that neither choice is optimal, I nevertheless urge you to view it as a lesser of evils. Choose the one you believe in light of what you know to be the **better** choice. I really believe that this election will have major ramifications for years down the line. So don’t not vote, instead vote for the lesser of evils if you prefer to view it that way.

    Robert

    rhutchin

    When would killing an innocent child ever be the right thing to do?

florin

So here is the advice:

1. ..
2. be informed..
3. pray
4. vote conviction

Finaly, in spite of the above, just vote for the lesser evil. So I pray and vote according to my conscience some evil to rule over me and my family.

What a shameful advice. I am so disheartened to see the state of today’s Christian. I wonder what bible you read and Master you serve.

Steve Martin

Someone WILL rule over you and your family. So you might as well have a bit of say in the matter and try and get into office the one that will do the least amount of harm.

I would think that a believer would want to do that for the neighbor (at least) if not for himself.

    Shane Dodson

    “So you might as well have a bit of say in the matter and try and get into office the one that will do the least amount of harm.”

    Since when are Christians called upon to vote for ministers (which is how Paul describes magistrates in Romans 13) who “will do the least amount of harm?”

florin

My previous comment needs an explanation. The writer of the article is profoundly unscriptural in the advice given and I need to do a better job at making the point.

We approach God through the bible and pray that our conscience might be enlightened by the truth so that we can walk in it. Opinion and preference must be submitted to Christ in all things so that we may gain his mind. Our lives must reflect his holiness. I am talking to Christians here.

According to the author’s instruction, he believes that it is possible to walk away from prayer with the clear conscience that God’s will is to support evil. The author does not go in prayer to discover God’s will and submit to it. In this case, prayer is used to quench conscience. This is not walking in the light. The author writes an article to discourage non voting and to encourage voting a lesser evil. To go this route none need to pray, if by prayer we mean seeking God’s will.

Indeed it is very sad that leaders of the church find themselves in such position. I do not not suggest we are not to be active citizens. I suggest we do vote according to conscience.

I grew up in a dictatorship that persecuted Christians and know something about it. Yet even with the threat of persecution, I cannot in good conscience be personally responsible for voting in a lesser evil. Anyone can do whatever they please, yet the advice was clearly unscriptural.

    Steve Martin

    We are commanded to “love our neighbors”.

    Letting them be subject to a greater evil because of some altruistic utopian pipe dream, is not very loving, but reveals pride and a self-righteous streak.

    That’s the truth of it.

    rhutchin

    “I cannot in good conscience be personally responsible for voting in a lesser evil.”

    By default, then, you become personally responsible for voting in the greater evil. Unfortunately, and greatly frustrating, the choices are too often between the greater evil and the lesser evil.

Mary

The problem is that so many Christians are making Romney out to be “the Christian candidate”, which seems like an absurd thing to think about a former bishop and missionary of a demonic cult!

A vote for Mitt Romney is not only a vote for “biblical values”, it is also a vote that will legitimize a demonic religion (Mormonism) in our country as if it were a Christian denomination. How is that going to turn out for the sake of our children and grand children??

I think either way this election goes, our country is experiencing the displeasure of God.

Mary

I have to confess, I am angry at the Billy Graham E.A. for taking Mormonism off their list of cults … trying to figure out how exactly they did not just sell out. This is insane! Mormonism has a false gospel, plain and simple, with a false prophet. How can they possibly take Mormonism off their list of cults unless they are putting politics above the Gospel of Jesus Christ? This is awful news:

http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2012/october-web-only/after-romney-meeting-billy-graham-site-scrubs-mormon-cult-r.html

Mary

I have to confess, I am angry at the Billy Graham E.A. for taking Mormonism off their list of cults … trying to figure out how exactly they did not just sell out. This is insane! Mormonism has a false gospel, plain and simple, with a false prophet. How can they possibly take Mormonism off their list of cults unless they are putting politics above the Gospel of Jesus Christ? This is awful news.

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