24 September 2012

Democratic Duties

I never cease to be amazed at the way some people reason. I just saw a quote by a gentleman asking what verse in the Bible tells him to “vote.” This is similar reasoning to asking what verse in the Bible tells him to “drive a Ford pickup.” The Bible gives us the principles by which we should live as responsible adults not the specifics which would make us automated robots.

Of course the Bible doesn't mention voting; our style of government did not exist until 236 years ago. It was almost 149 years ago that President Abraham Lincoln in his Gettysburg address resolved that the government of the people, by the people and for the people should not pass from the earth. The democracy of the USA is a new concept in government which was not known in Bible days.

The one main weakness of democracy is the fickleness of people. Our government is no better than the people who make its laws. It is well said that all evil needs to triumph is for good men to do nothing. If good people, wise people, godly people do not arise and take a stand for righteous living, this nation is doomed. Though there are no specific Bible verses that say you should go to the polls and vote on November 6, 2012, the Bible gives us plenty of verses which say we need to fulfill our obligations to live as good citizens.

“Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities.” (Romans 13:1)

“Render therefore to all their due: taxes to whom taxes are due, customs to whom customs, fear to whom fear, honor to whom honor.” (Romans 13:7)

“Therefore submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake, whether to the king as supreme, or to governors, as to those who are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers and for the praise of those who do good.” (I Peter 2:13-14)

“Honor all people. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the king.” (I Peter 2:17)

“Render therefore to Caesar the things which are Caesars, and to God the things that are Gods.” (Luke 20:25)

Here in the USA, we the people are responsible for our government. We cannot blame anyone else, because we voted or failed to vote for those who represent us. The failure to vote is still a vote. It is a vote which says I have given up my rights to express myself as a responsible adult. I have given up on the idea that I can help make this a better place to live. It is this pessimistic attitude which allows wicked men to practice their sinful lifestyles.

I read a story about some college freshmen attending their first class and the professor wrote on the board, “A-P-A-T-H-Y.” One of the freshmen watched and tried to read what the professor was writing. “A-path, a-pathie,” he said. He turned to his buddy and said, “What does a-path-y mean?” “I don’t know,” his friend replied. “Who cares?” That is exactly what apathy means, “Who cares?” And it is this “who cares?” attitude that is at the heart of what is wrong with this nation. May God give us godly people who love God enough to stand up for righteous living. Evil triumphs when good men do nothing!