It was tempting just to put down a party name and then see how much flack I got!

There is an assumption in my title that some might disagree with. Namely, that Christians should vote. Here are 4 reasons why I think we should:

1. We are required by God to submit to which ever government is elected. Romans 13:1-2 says:

"Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves."

Now if we are given a choice as to what sort of government we are going to submit to, it seems logical that we should exercise it.

2. We are commanded to love God. (Mark 12:30). The way that our country is governed can make this easier or harder. For example, if we are faced with legislation that restricts our ability to share the gospel of Jesus, then we will find it harder to love God by making His kingdom known. 

3. We are commanded to love neighbour (Mark 12:31). As a Christian, I am to be as concerned about how the outcome of the election effects other people at least as much as I am concerned about how it effects me! Therefore, I should exercise my ability to influence whether we have a government that will benefit our society at large. And especially because...

4. We are called to care for the poor, those in need and the marginalised. I don't have time to go through how and why we do this, but I think that the NT encourages Christians to be active in showing mercy and love to people regardless of their beliefs.

A General Election is one way that we can influence how effectively the state cares for the most needy in society. That is not to abdicate our personal responsibility, nor the responsibility of the church, to care for those in need. But I'm certain that it would be uncaring not to participate in deciding how the government looks after people.

Voting is never easy. As a Christian I find myself struggling with a conscience that is morally conservative and socially liberal. But I don't think that I should be apathetic to politics, nor should I abdicate my responsibility to partake in the process.

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