If you are someone as faithful and notable as the late Reverend Billy Graham, your advice can be timelessly applied, even after your death. Such is the case with the very pressing issue of voting.
Just as in our time, many in Graham's day were wondering if they should even take the time to vote. In a nation of millions, what does one vote do? Graham had a very powerful and clear answer to that question, as showcased in the Billy Graham online magazine that still applies today.
When asked if Christians should vote, even though Jesus never said anything about it, Graham responded, "Jesus didn’t live in a democracy; the people of His day couldn’t vote and they had no choice about who would rule them. Decades before Jesus’ birth, the Romans had invaded that part of the world and they maintained their power by brute force."
"But Jesus did teach us to be good citizens, and to work for a better world," Graham taught. "The people of His day couldn’t do much to change their world, but He said they should do whatever they could—and so should we. 'Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s,' Jesus told His listeners when they asked Him if they should pay their taxes (Mark 12:17). The Bible also tells us to pray for those who are involved in government, 'that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness' (1 Timothy 2:2)."
Graham then posed this powerful question: "Let me ask you the same question I’ve asked others who say they aren’t going to the polls because their vote won’t matter: What would happen if everyone felt the way you do? You know the answer: In time, our democracy would come to an end. Don’t take our freedoms for granted, and don’t take our system of government lightly."
"Ask God to guide you as you vote—and then make the effort to get to the polls during this election," urged America's Pastor. "And once the election is over, pray for those who have been elected, that they may seek God’s will for our nation—and do it."
Billy Graham's son, Franklin, is following in his father's footsteps and urgently encouraging believers to vote today: "That is why I am encouraging everyone to go out on Nov. 6 and vote for the candidate who is most closely aligned with Biblical values," Graham writes in his op-ed. "And remember to study the positions of candidates in your local and state races as well as in the national elections. More than 6,600 state positions are being contested, including 36 governorships. Vote for those who are pro-life and who support the religious liberties that have undergirded our nation for centuries."
"Above all," Graham concludes, "pray that God will have mercy on our nation and that we will once again turn back to the God of our fathers."
Do you agree with the words of the father-son Graham duo? Are you planning to vote today? Share your thoughts and prayers with us in the comments! Thank you!