The Common Good

An International Challenge for Christians to Vote

If you're a Christian who has given up on politics this year and decided not to vote, do that which is honorable. Go to Joppa and find a ship bound for Tarshish. There is no reason for you to be a citizen of this country if you perform neither civic nor scared duties.

Jonah refused to go to Nineveh because he wanted the city to be destroyed. Nineveh was a wicked city whose leaders and people hated and oppressed the Hebrews. There was no way Jonah, a Hebrew, would go to his enemies and preach repentance when he knew that if they repented, God would show them his compassion and not destroy them.

A major reason Christians have decided not to vote is because of a lack of confidence and trust in the candidates. They see the candidates as selfish and greedy people who have no concern for the justice and wellbeing of the nation. Most Christians we have spoken to believe that the candidates' underlying purposes are to improve their personal and extended family's economic security. Africa's political history supports this allegation. People often get into politics more because of what they can benefit rather than their love for serving people.

But staying home because you don't like the candidates is not an option. Voting is required of every Christian because God demands of us to seek the peace and prosperity of our country as well as any other nation we may be living in at any particular time. If God told the Israelites who where in exile in Babylon "To build houses

Sojourners relies on the support of readers like you to sustain our message and ministry.

Related Stories


Like what you're reading? Get Sojourners E-Mail updates!

Sojourners Comment Community Covenant

I will express myself with civility, courtesy, and respect for every member of the Sojourners online community, especially toward those with whom I disagree, even if I feel disrespected by them. (Romans 12:17-21)

I will express my disagreements with other community members' ideas without insulting, mocking, or slandering them personally. (Matthew 5:22)

I will not exaggerate others' beliefs nor make unfounded prejudicial assumptions based on labels, categories, or stereotypes. I will always extend the benefit of the doubt. (Ephesians 4:29)

I will hold others accountable by clicking "report" on comments that violate these principles, based not on what ideas are expressed but on how they're expressed. (2 Thessalonians 3:13-15)

I understand that comments reported as abusive are reviewed by Sojourners staff and are subject to removal. Repeat offenders will be blocked from making further comments. (Proverbs 18:7)