My son-in-law is smart, handsome, a wonderful husband and a great father. He reminds me of me.
Last week, Mark posted a selfie on Facebook with his I Voted sticker. He wrote, “Go vote! Or don’t complain.” Truer words were never spoken.
What makes me nuts are the people who do not care enough to invest in our political system but have no problem complaining about our government’s decisions. We cannot have it both ways. And to use scripture as a rationale not to vote is a misreading of God’s word. Christians don’t separate themselves from the world; we are a part of it. This is where we can learn from the way Jesus viewed government.
Our savior was not anti-government. In fact, he was very clear about the role and authority of government.
When the Pharisees tried to trick Jesus into saying the Roman government was not to receive tax money, Jesus replied, “Give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God.” (Matthew 22:21 CEB)
In other words, while God is the One who gets our ultimate allegiance, the expectation is that we will support those who govern us. This means voting.
I believe it is the civic duty of every Christian to vote because by completely stepping away from the political process, we allow those who do not have our values to make the rules. We should have a say.
So, if you have not voted as of yet, today is it. Make the most of it. Personally, I am not interested who you vote for, even if it’s Mr. Potato Head. The fact that you participated is what matters.
Prayer: Dear Gracious Heavenly God, please bless our country. Heal our many ills. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
Two things. First, I do care if you decided to vote for Mr. Potato Head. I’d just like to know why?
Second, I really like to complain. It’s one of my greatest talents. I vote so I can complain. This may not be the highest ideal but it’s good enough for me. I hope you will complain with me.
I pray your day is filled with joy and laughter.