Salt and Light in the Voting Booth
A devotional thought from Marty Duren from “Christian Citizens”
My Granny never voted in her entire life of 70-plus years. She did not vote because she could not vote: she never registered.
This, however, never stopped her from having an opinion about government, the presidents, or the Congress. She had opinions and she never hesitated from voicing them. One president made her so mad she “almost registered to vote just so I could vote against him!”
America is a country that has hallowed the right to vote. Being a representative, democratic republic has given every citizen an opportunity to have a direct connection to our system of government. At least in theory, our vote connects us to the person or persons who carry our concerns into their office, be they in local, state or federal governments.
Because it is a way in which we can influence the areas in which we live, the ability to vote is an awesome stewardship for the Christian citizen. For many, it is an extension of their Christian walk. In Matthew 5:13-16, Jesus, in the Sermon on the Mount, exhorts His listeners to be salt and light in the world:
“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt should lose its taste, how can it be made salty? It’s no longer good for anything but to be thrown out and trampled on by men. You are the light of the world. A city situated on a hill cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and puts it under a basket, but rather on a lampstand, and it gives light for all who are in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.”
While it might be too much to say that the privilege to vote is an obligation, it surely is an opportunity that should not be lightly dismissed.
Pause and Reflect:
• What would you say to a fellow Christian who is lethargic toward the idea of voting in local, state, or national elections? Why do you think it is important for Christians to care about politics on some level?
• Do you think some Christians, churches, and organizations can sometimes place too much hope in the political process? Think of some examples. Why is this dangerous?
• Pray that the Holy Spirit will convict and change you in areas where you need to repent of either apathy or overconfidence with respect to politics.