By Michael Youssef, Ph.D.
Is it a sin not to vote?
First, let's define sin. The Bible has five different usages of the word "sin." Most common among them is "missing the mark." Believers are eternally forgiven and justified before God the Father only through the redeeming work of Jesus Christ on the cross. But believers also sin daily by giving in to temptations and not living up to Biblical standards. That's why daily confession and repentance is something believers must do:
- When we sin and fail to be good stewards of God's money, God's time, and God's gifts.
- When we fail to testify to our Savior when the opportunities present themselves.
- When we sin by becoming more self-focused than God focused.
- When we sin by nursing anger, bitterness, unforgiveness, resentment, etc.
All of that needs daily repentance and seeking daily forgiveness from our Savior and Lord, which brings me to the sin of not voting.
God in His mercy has placed us in a land where we are given the privilege of deciding what kind of government we should have. Believe me, I lived under a brutal dictatorship where you can only vote one way.
Thus, voting in America is a stewardship. And despising that stewardship is a sin like all other sins. If you have not voted before, you need to repent and vote this time.
What about how to vote?
I never have given people advice on how to vote. But I can tell you that I vote for the candidate and not the party. Here are three questions you must ask yourself about the man or woman running for office:
- What are his or her moral convictions? For we know that when the heart of a person is right, even when they fail, they will always go back to their core convictions.
- Is the candidate seeking office for himself or to serve God and the people of his or her area?
- Does the candidate value life, liberty and justice (which is the primary responsibility of the government) or does he/she tow the party line?
These are just a few criteria by which I try to examine a candidate before I vote.
So please vote... and make your vote count.