A key date is coming up: Polling Day! Regional elections take place on 5th May in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales, as well as Police & Crime Commisioner elections for England and Wales.
Are you ready? Maybe you have some friends who are undecided or simply just don’t want to vote. Maybe you are not sure if you should vote and are freaking out over the situation. Maybe you don’t care? It’s time to chill my friend. Let’s look at a few reasons why you should vote and encourage your friends too.
I’m an American student living in London, and even though I can’t vote in the UK, I believe as a Christian, it is crucial to vote.
Glad you asked.
Let’s take a leap across the pond together, shall we?
This election in the U.S. is really unlike any other. Businessman Donald Trump is running and isn’t even considered a politician. Hillary Clinton could become our first female president. These front runners have swept many states during Super Tuesday III primaries and are closer to the crowned nomination in November.
Leaping back to the UK, Police and Crime Commissioners are hitting far-reaching concerns, some which involve human trafficking.
No matter what side of the pond you are on, you can help define the face of the future if you choose to vote.
Perhaps you are that girl who is undecided. Or you know that guy at church who shies away from politics. It could be that they believe it’s too messy or corrupt to change anything. Could it be we are too afraid to get involved because we don’t want to be responsible? After all, we are safe and can’t be blamed for anything happening in society if we just stay out of it. Today’s politics can be labelled as “politricks” instead.
According to the Evangelical Alliance, there are an estimated two million evangelical Christians in the UK of which 24% are undecided. In the U.S., the Providence Forum says, “only about 50% of evangelical Christians in America are registered to vote.”
So now you are sitting there thinking and the burning question has now rumbled deep within your soul. ‘But what can I do?’
It sounds a bit obvious. But it’s really quite simple. Take your friends, your mum, your dad, your co-worker – everyone but the dog – and go vote! Not voting is like leaving a car parked in the garage. So get that engine revved up! Let’s make our collective voices be heard. That little bit of help can make all of the influence in the world.
I’d like to pop in a quote made by Marion Gaskins, “People you influence for Jesus Christ will be the lasting legacy of your life. They will be foot prints in cement, not sand.”
Be aware of the people you are daily surrounded with, whether that’s at work, school or home. Be the one to give that little helpful nudge in the right direction.
It has to start with us first.
It’s better to vote for someone who closely mirrors your beliefs than to not vote at all. As an American voter I back a candidate that shares my morals and beliefs. Pro-life, pro-traditional marriage (one man + one woman) are of top sacred values to me. We need to elect wise leaders into office that are Biblically-minded.
Here is the last and perhaps most key factor you can take away as a young Christian voter.
- Pray for our leaders who are vocally professed Christians
- Pray for those who are not
- Pray that God strengthens, guides and upholds them during the policy making process
- It makes more of an impact than you know
I would like to toss in a verse for you that cements the idea of why we should pray for our leaders: 1 Timothy 2 says, “I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; 2 For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour.”
So don’t go alone! Grab your besties, friends and family. Believe that your vote can and will make a difference.
I would like to close with a Biblical statement from 1 Peter 2:17, “Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the emperor.”
Choose a candidate that most closely reflects your beliefs. Please visit engage16.org.uk where you can find your Parliamentarian’s voting records on key human value issues. The dedicated website will keep you engaged, equipped and effectively ready to vote.
5 May POLLING DAY (BOOTHS OPEN 7AM – 10PM)