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Why Christians have a Moral Duty to Vote

Why Christians have a Moral Duty to Vote

  • Jenna Ellis
  • September 19, 2018

The Dobson Policy Center is launching an exciting new initiative to help encourage families to vote in the November midterm elections and we ask you to PRAY. ENGAGE. VOTE. Dr. Dobson and I consider this the most important thing you can do to help protect and preserve the fundamental rights that God has given to families and parents. We can and should certainly do other things also, but voting is a critical obligation for American citizens because our system of government provides for a constitutional republic and therefore, the opportunity and duty to elect our leaders.

As people of faith, we should consider what faith is according to scripture, and how our understanding of faith requires and proscribes our action. God tells us in James 2 that faith is believing in the Truth of God and acting on that belief. If we merely believe, what good is our belief? As the scripture says, even the demons believe and know there is only one God. “In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.” Hebrews 11, often referred to as the ‘Hall of Faith’ records the actions of the faithful who have gone before us, and what they did for God because they believed in Him and His promises. If you read the full chapter, every story of faith begins with (and I paraphrase) “by faith, this person DID something” and God says that “All these people were living by faith when they died.”

How are you and I still living by faith until the day we die and enter into God’s presence? How are we acting upon our faith? There are numerous ways daily we can and should act upon our faith, and Dr. Dobson has spoken for years about the actions parents, families, and spouses should take to act in accordance with our Christian faith.

Our actions are not limited to the four walls of our home. We are part of families and our church communities, and we are also part of our civil society. As Americans, we have been placed by God at this time and in this country. Being part of our system of government is no less important than being active in our church! We have a duty and obligation as Christians to participate to the greatest extent possible in ensuring that our children and grandchildren are protected to enjoy the rights of freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom to parent, and all of the things we do within the four walls of our homes.

Our Founding Fathers understood the importance of civic engagement and created a system of government that allowed every one of us to participate through electing the best leaders we can, encouraging others to vote, and to call upon our leaders that we elect (even if they aren’t perfect or our first choice) to continue to preserve and protect the rights of individuals and families as the U.S. Constitution requires.

We have been given the great blessing of participating in our government process. The first Supreme Court Chief Justice, John Jay, said in 1816, “Providence has given our people the choice of their rulers and it is the duty, as well as the privilege and interest, of a Christian nation to select and prefer Christians for their rulers.”

For this reason, the Dobson Policy Center encourages you and your church community and all faith-based families to PRAY. ENGAGE. VOTE. We must act according to our faith.

We want to help you understand the issues in this election, and we will be providing you with a voting guide that we encourage you to read and share in your family, your church, and your community. We ask you to PRAY for our leaders, pray for the election, and pray that the evangelical community will turn out on Election Day and vote! We ask you to ENGAGE by reading the voter guide, educating yourself on the issues at stake, and telling your friends and family about the importance of participating in the government process. Finally, we ask you to VOTE on Election Day! Make sure you’re registered properly, and states have options of mail-in ballots, early voting, and day-of voting.

We are concerned with preserving our freedoms for our family. We hope you are too!

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Jenna Ellis, Esq.

Jenna Ellis, Esq.

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