One of the reasons I hear most often given as a reason to vote is that, “If you don’t, you can’t complain for the next 4 years!” While this line of thinking seems great, I think it is wrong. Here’s why:
1 Corinthians 10:31- So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.
So, if you are able to complain and whine AND bring glory to God, then maybe you could somehow say it’s ok to complain. But as followers of Jesus, our ultimate goal is to love God and love others. Complaining about the President or the senate or whomever certainly is not loving them. We can think critically and have opinions, but I often see those turn into attacks against people. Especially President Obama.
Maybe even more compelling is this verse:
Philippians 2:14- Do everything without complaining or arguing.
So care about politics? Yes. Complain? No.
Vote? Sure. Use your vote as an excuse for complaining? Nope.
So, tomorrow morning or whenever a winner is declared, here’s my humble advice:
Pray. Then pray. Then pray. Our president could use it.