ivotedDid I vote?

If I didn’t vote, what was my excuse? Too busy? Don’t think it’s all that important? Don’t understand politics? Didn’t feel well?

Do I know what it cost my ancestors to earn me the right to have a say in the way my government handles the affairs of my nation? Yes, I learned in my history and government classes in school. I learned from listening to my parents and others talk about the wars. I learned from living seventy years in my country. So why wouldn’t I want to exercise one of my greatest privileges as an American citizen?

I can talk about these things all day, but the final authority is God’s Word. What does He say about citizenship? Joseph and Mary went to Bethlehem to pay their taxes. Jesus taught his disciples to honor their government. He paid his taxes, for he said to Peter….go to the sea, cast in a hook, and take the fish that comes up first. Then take the money you find in his mouth and pay our taxes. (See Matthew 17:27) We are to obey the laws of the land. Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves. For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to evil. Do you want to be unafraid of the authority: Do what is good,(vote) and you will have praise from the same, …….Render therefore to all their due: Taxes to whom taxes are due, customs to whom customs, fear to whom fear, honor to whom honor. (See Romans 13:1-7)

 

If I have paid my taxes and voted then I have paid for my right to live as an American. If I am an able bodied, legal citizen and have the means to get to the polls, and I refuse to vote, then I am a thief, for I am stealing my privilege to be an American citizen from those who pay for it.

That old saying still rings true: Evil triumphs when good men do nothing.

Did I vote? You bet I did!!  How about  you?

–Rebecca Somoskey