Romans 13:1 commands,
“Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities.”
It asks in verse 3,
“do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority?”
And demands in verse 5,
“it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also as a matter of conscience.”
What does this have to do with voting and the upcoming election? First, while our government does not command we vote it invites our vote and is dependent upon our vote for its selection of our various rulers. If no one voted our system would shut down or worse, be run in perpetuity by those currently in power. Part of being in subjection to the governing authorities, to me, means accepting their invitation which they have further determined to be my responsibility as a citizen to vote for our leaders.
Second, I am voting because I answer affirmatively the question posed by the Apostle concerning the desire to be free from fear of the one in authority. There are certain men who wish to rule whose ideology is counterproductive to a healthy, moral and free society – at least in my mind. I want to ensure doing everything I can do to make possible the best leaders for guaranteeing my freedom to worship, speak, bear arms and pursue happiness. Failing to vote leaves my welfare in the hands of others; I am not willing to do that.
Paul further writes in the same chapter beginning with verse 6
“this is also why you pay taxes, for the authorities are God’s servants, who give their full time to governing,”
and verse 7,
“give to everyone what you owe them: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor.”
At the risk of repeating myself I owe the government my vote because my government is calling for me to vote, failure to comply is failure to pay my due. Like honor, voting can’t really be commanded but it can be given. It is my duty to vote.
Much of the world covets the freedom and opportunity we enjoy so naturally in this country. While this privilege remains, I will continue to exercise my right and responsibility to vote for leaders I believe will foster the best opportunity this nation has for obtaining God’s blessing as a nation that places God as Lord![hr]Mike has been married to his wife Kim for more than 25 years. They are the parents of ten children, ages 4 to 22 years. Mike met his wife while attending Hope College where he received his BA in Religion. Since college, Mike has worked as an associate pastor, insurance agent, and insurance company manager but has served for the past ten years with CBMC as a spiritual coach for business and professional men. Mike’s weekly blog can be accessed at knowgodcoach.com[hr]The opinions of guest columnists do not necessarily reflect the views of Citizens for Traditional Values.