Is voting in government elections a Christian duty? The Bible does not command Christians to vote in government elections. However, the Bible does not command Christians to not vote in government elections. So what should Christians do? Micah Watson an associate professor of political science at Calvin College and contributor to www.thegospelcoalition.org gives Christians three reasons to vote.
First, Watson proposes that voting is promoting what we believe to be good and “which public servants would most faithfully carry out that mandate.” Christians exercise our basic civic duty through voting by “electing, respecting, and empowering those public servants who give their full attention to governing.”
Second, Professor Watson believes “voting is one measure whereby we learn what it would mean to promote the common good in our particular community. It’s a small but tangible exercise that can lead to even greater involvement in cultivating a just and merciful society.”
Finally, Micah Watson encourages Christians to vote because it communicates to “our neighbors—believers and nonbelievers alike—that we too are committed to a vision of the good life. We care about their well-being, even on issues that are secondary to eternal matters.”
In summary, Christians should vote because voting empowers us to influence government with our Christian worldview regarding what is good and right for society.
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Micah Waton’s full article can be viewed at https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/why-christians-should-vote.