Why I Vote (And Why You Should Too)

 

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Sorry, I couldn’t resist.

With the primaries spreading their way across the country, I’ve been thinking lately about voting.  Voting has always been a big deal to me, and as kids my parent’s taught us how important voting is.  I know several people who don't vote, and I have a hard time understanding why some Americans choose not to vote, because in my mind there are so many reasons that people should vote. 

These are some of the reasons why I vote (and why I think you should too).

 

I vote . . .

1.  Because it is a privilege that we enjoy in America.  There are many, many countries that do not get the option to vote on their leaders, or to have a say in the way their country is going.  They are just rolled along on the whims of those in power, and there is not much that they can do about it.  Those people would love to have this voting privilege that we enjoy.  We have the power to change our government by voting, and as the saying goes, with great power comes great responsibility (yes, I’m quoting from Spiderman).  We are using it irresponsibly when we choose not to use it at all.

2.  Because there are countless people who have died to give me that privilege. From the Revolutionary War to the men and women who serve in our military today, there are many who have fought and died to protect our freedoms here in America, including our right to vote.  To not vote would be to ignore a large part of what those people fought for.

3.  Because it is my responsibility as an American.  Our Founding Fathers fought hard for us to be able to enjoy the freedoms we have here – and as Americans we cannot sit back and do nothing now that we have them.  There are still those who would like to take those freedoms away, and we have to work to preserve them.  For the average citizen, working to preserve the freedoms we enjoy here will not involve running for office or working on political campaigns – it will involve the one, simple act of voting.  That’s how the Founding Fathers designed our government, and we need to take our responsibility to preserve our freedoms seriously.

 

 

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I vote . . .

4. Because I am pro-life.  If I can’t convince you as my fellow Christians to vote with any other argument, I should be able to convince you with this one.  Millions of babies have died because abortion is legal in this country.  If you don’t care about any other aspect of the political discussion, you can decide on candidates on this issue alone.  We need to get men and women in office who are strongly pro-life (or even just more pro-life than the alternative candidate), or nothing is going to change in this country.  It’s great to volunteer at crisis pregnancy centers and donate to pro-life organizations, but it’s only treating the symptoms.  If we want to get at the heart of this problem in our country, we need to vote in consistence with our pro-life values.  Nothing else will propel real change on the life debate.

5.  Because I am a Christian.  I listened to this podcast recently (episode 207 if you are interested), and I felt the guest speaker put it very eloquently – in the Bible we are commanded to spread the gospel.  In this country we have more freedom to spread the gospel than many countries in the world.  We shouldn’t take that for granted, because there are those who will do what they can to take that away.  If we are going to protect that freedom so that we can continue to spread the gospel without fear, we need to vote.  If we don’t vote, we are taking that freedom for granted, and it could easily be taken away from us.

6.  Because every vote counts.  I think some Americans think that their one “little” vote isn’t going to make that big of a difference – but it does.  If you have never read the story on how Texas became a state, check out this article – Texas and California ultimately became states because of the vote of one ordinary American citizen.  This website also had a list of situations in which one vote counted, as does this blog.  Every vote makes a difference.  You never know when that one vote might be yours.

 

I know that some people don’t vote because they just don’t care much about politics.  I’m not saying you have to care about “politics” per se, but as Americans we should care about our freedoms.  As Christians, we should care about doing what we can to save unborn babies, and we should care about protecting our ability to spread the gospel freely in this country.  And we should realize that our greatest avenue to change this country for the better is to vote for those who represent our values, and who will do the hard work for us in Washington.  As Edmond Burke said so well:

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Bech and Marley Evans said...

Great post...I agree, especially on Points 4 and 5!

Happiness Is... said...

I just found your blog through Ashley (Stealing Baby Kisses) and totally agree with this post. Well said! And, your darling son Wyatt was born almost exactly 24 hours after our son Thatcher. Look forward to reading more!

Lauren said...

great post~even if I don't seem to know much about the issues on each ballot, I try to find out the details!

Unknown said...

I completely agree Callie and to be honest I dont there is any excuse NOT to vote these days. Since it can be done in so many ways. I vote for the same reasons you do but relating to the UK.

This may sound weird but I also vote for my right to moan about my government too. It really annoys me when people moan about the government but they dont vote?! To me you cannot have an opinion about the way your country is run unless you vote to show your opinion. Good post!

Nicole said...

I never even thought about how by voting we're protecting and preserving our right to share the gospel of Jesus. thank you for the eye opener... from a non-voter.

Melissa said...

Girl. You are good! Love this post. Thank you for expressing this so well. I agree, voting is crucial!

Jessica said...

I agree! I think it's sad when people don't exercise their right to vote! Especially since people died to give us this right. We take it for-granted sometimes, I think.

Natalie said...

This is a great post, Callie...thank you so much for writing it. I have always known that I should care more than I do, but lately I have really been convicted that I need to not only care but do something about it, and this definitely gives me the right reasons to :)

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