Not so long ago, several websites posted a supposed letter from Mike Rowe responding to a fan of his asking him to get out and encourage people to vote. You can read the whole thing here.
Here’s the paragraph that highlights what Rowe thinks about celebrities urging people to get out an vote:
I can’t personally encourage everyone in the country to run out and vote. I wouldn’t do it, even if I thought it would benefit my personal choice. Because the truth is, the country doesn’t need voters who have to be cajoled, enticed, or persuaded to cast a ballot. We need voters who wish to participate in the process. So if you really want me to say something political, how about this – read more.
Rowe makes the claim that voting isn’t a civic duty, it is a right. Want to understand the difference, then read the article. He explains is well and in simple terms.
Which brings me to my main point – people wonder what pastor’s should say about voting and urging people to vote. I imagine there will be a range of answers on this. Here’s mine, in case you care:
I’m not going to urge you to vote – you do what you want regarding that. If you are old enough to vote, you shouldn’t have to be urged to go an vote. If you don’t feel like voting, great, don’t.
What I will say is this – regardless of how the election turns out, God is still God. Regardless of who will be taking over the leadership of the nation, God is still the leader of our lives and our salvation. Regardless of what promises politicians may make, God is faithful to God’s word.
This is the message we pastors have a responsibility to share – Good news to all regardless of party identification.