Tuesday, 13 April 2010

8 reasons to vote

I picked up a little booklet in Wesley Owen called 'Just Politics' with Krish Kandiah. I found it helpful to motivate me to engage with the upcoming election. Here are 8 reasons for Christians to vote:

1) Voting publicly recognises that we submit to the authority of the political system in our nation as established by God. (Romans 13v1-7)

2) Voting recognises the equality of all people and their right to speak and be heard. (Deut. 10v17-19)

3) Voting is one way that we can obey God's command to seek the good of those around us and our nation as a whole. (Jer. 29v7)

4) Voting shows that we care deeply about who our leaders are as we are urged to offer prayer and intercession on their behalf. (1Tim2v1-2)

5) Voting is a simple yet significant way we can do something about politics in our nation. 'All that is required for evil to prevail is for good men to do nothing', Edmund Burke (Psalm34v14)

6) Voting makes a difference the way a grain of salt makes a difference, and that is how we are to influence society. (Matt 5v13)

7) Voting is a privilege not to be taken for granted. Those of us who reap the benefits of living in a democracy should play a part in upholding the principles of democracy.

8) Not voting is a form of voting, as it will influence the outcome. We need to take responsibility for our actions, as well as our lack of actions. (Luke10v25-37)

"Voting, then, is not simply a right or a responsibility, but is part of our worship of loving service to God and our neighbour. Voting integrates the theological and the political. We vote, not simply for what is best for us, but for what is best for others." Votewise Now

I'm looking forward to seeing the TV debate Thursday. (ITV 8.30pm) I found this site interesting. It matches your values with a political party: http://www.votematch.org.uk/

2 comments:

  1. Krish is very helpful on this, and many other things too.

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  2. I agree we gave it to our people, you can see it here http://www.thesimplepastor.co.uk/2010/04/interviewing-the-candidates/

    and I reviewed the book which is good too http://www.thesimplepastor.co.uk/2010/03/book-review-just-politics/

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