Many Christians are looking at the two apparent options of Trump and Clinton and saying they won't vote for either. The rationale is that they cannot honestly support either one. And that is a valid argument. However, America's pastor, Billy Graham, says that not voting is worse than voting for someone you don't 100% support.
In a latest Q&A section on his site, Graham answers the question about not voting in this election. He begins by posing an end-game question. "Let me ask you a question: What would happen to our nation if everyone decided not to vote? You know the answer—before long we’d lose our freedoms and be ruled by a power-hungry dictatorship. No system of government is perfect, including ours—but all it will take to make it collapse is an indifferent citizenry."
He has a good point. If no one votes, that doesn't mean that no one decides. Someone will make the decision, and it will probably be the power-hungry. But in a case like this election, Graham says the key is to pray and research who the best option is. "We should do everything we can to encourage and support good government—including voting. Understand the issues…know where the candidates stand on them…ask God to guide you—and then vote."
Graham believes the call to vote isn't just a logical one (in preventing totalitarianism), but a biblical one. "But I also urge you to vote for another reason: I believe it is a God-given responsibility. When Jesus walked this earth, the whole civilized world was under the authority of one individual: the Roman emperor (or Caesar). He wasn’t elected by popular vote, nor did ordinary people have an opportunity to express their views through the ballot box. And the Roman government wasn’t perfect; in fact, it promoted paganism and could be brutal."
"And yet Jesus taught that people still had a responsibility to encourage and support their government in every way they possibly could. He said, “Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s” (Matthew 22:21). The same principle is true for us today."
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