Your Five Duties as a Christian Citizen
To learn Biblical reasons to vote, read the short booklet, ‘Your Five Duties as a Christian Citizen,’ by Bill Bright. Here are some excerpts:
Our faith matters. And our faith is to be acted upon so that we, as Christians, can benefit others and positively impact the culture around us. This applies to every aspect of our life, including voting.
In this election cycle, we have the opportunity to decide who leads our nation. The leaders we elect will guide our nation’s future on important issues such as:
The right to life
Government vs. private health care
The national debt
Our religious freedoms
The policies and laws our leaders enact will affect America for decades to come. As Christians, we want to see good public policies created that reflect biblical values. However, in order to see these kinds of policies enacted, we have to elect principled leaders. And in order to see principled leaders elected, we as Christians must make our voice heard by voting.
BUT CAN VOTING REALLY MAKE A DIFFERENCE?
Absolutely! You see, it’s estimated there are over 90 million committed Christians in the US, and 25 million of them do not vote, even though they are registered to vote. So what would happen if these 25 million Christians voted as well? Would it really change things?
Well, let’s look at the big picture first. In the 2008 elections, the voting margin in Missouri between the two main presidential candidates was a mere 3,903 votes. In that state, there are approximately 102,522 Christians who didn’t register to vote.
In North Carolina, the voting margin between the two candidates was 14,177 votes. Unregistered Christians in that state amount to about 281,212 votes.
In addition, every presidential election in the past 25 years has been won by less than 10 million votes. So what would happen if 25 million more Christians voted in the next election? Not only could it massively impact an election, it could completely change our nation!
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
Vote! Voters shape the future of our nation. Casting your vote is an incredibly powerful way to make your voice heard and take a stand for righteousness. It is not only one of our great American rights; it’s also our responsibility as Christians. (And we’re not the only ones who think voting is important. We encourage you to check out what Christian leaders are saying about the importance of this election, and read what our founding fathers thought about voting.)
Here are four simple steps to make your vote count:
Millions of Americans think they are registered to vote and are surprised to find out that they are not. So even if you think you’re registered, you may want to check just to be sure.
Register to Vote with TurboVote, and more!
If you aren’t registered to vote, TurboVote provides a simple, online process to do that. If you are registered, but you’ve moved or changed your name, you can also update your registration using TurboVote. And with TurboVote, we will guide you through the process of voting absentee and give you reminders about every voting opportunity you have from national to local elections.
Make sure you know where candidates stand on the issues important to you by using online interactive tools.
If we each get just one or two of our family members and friends to vote and spread the word (using email, Facebook and Twitter), we’ll get that crucial 10 million extra votes in no time. You can also ask your church to get involved.
To find your polling place or learn about voting in your state, visit the Elections Info page at MyFaithVotes.
To learn Biblical reasons to vote, download the short booklet, ‘Your Five Duties as a Christian Citizen,’ by Bill Bright. (provided through the generosity of the Bright Media Foundation and MyFaithVotes)
Together, we can elect principled leaders who will return America to its great and godly heritage as “One Nation Under God.”