I always feel a little more popular in an election season. I get more mail and phone calls. Last night, a campaign caller told me how important my participation is to the State of Michigan, that the outcome of next week’s election rests on me. I was both challenged and flattered. I would have thanked the caller, but her pre-recorded message ended and we were disconnected.
I admit that I have grown somewhat cynical. The barrage of negative campaign materials overwhelms and depresses me. I look forward getting passed the election. But is my automated caller correct? Does my participation in the election matter? I believe the answer is “YES.”
While I may be cynical, I recognize the awesome privilege of living in a country where I am asked (and expected) to participate in the process of government. I know that, ultimately, I belong to the Kingdom of Heaven, but earthly kingdoms have their God-designed place (Romans 13:1). Could “Render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar’s” (Mark 12:13-17), include not only taxes (Jesus’s principal point here) but also votes and election participation?
Tuesday, November 4 is Election Day. I encourage you to push past cynicism, apathy, and laziness, and vote. The polls are open between 7:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.
I find it helpful to see the ballot before I vote. You can see your ballot here. I suggest that you print out your sample ballot now and start (or continue) to decide who to vote for. There are many items on the ballot this year. Take the time to consult voter guides and friends, and even talk to the candidates.
Remember to pray for the candidates and for all elected officials. The Apostle Paul tells us to make requests, prayers, intercession, and thanksgiving for all those in authority (1 Timothy 2:1-3).
See you at the polls.