Britain goes to the polls later this week, and as at any election, you have only but one vote. That one vote is not just a right, it is a privilege and a responsibility. Will you be making use of yours?
For the last three and a half year in Britain, our politicians have been toying with the Brexit process; using it aid their personal or Party’s agenda while paying no mind to the nation’s desire for stability and clear direction. This behaviour has got a lot of people angry, confuse or even afraid of what’s coming next! In a few days’ time, however, we have a chance to choose a new set of people who will govern us; so instead of being confused, angry or fearful, I want to encourage you to use vote.
From a Christian perspective, the Bible tells us in 1 Timothy 2:1-2 saying “I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; for kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.” In these verses, we are commanded to pray for our country and our leaders; but after praying God expects us to act by going out to vote as it is vitally important that the right people be elected. We must see to it.
I’m not one you can call political but if you think your one vote does not matter, check out the value of ONE vote in these situations in history:
- In 1776, one vote gave America the English language instead of German
- In 1876, one vote changed France from a Monarchy to a Republic.
- In 1923, one vote gave Adolph Hitler leadership of the Nazi Party.
- In 1960, one vote difference in each voting district in Illinois would have defeated John F. Kennedy for the Presidency.
- In 2019, it took only a majority of one vote for MPs to force the British Prime Minister to ask for an extension to the Brexit process, in a bid to avoid a no-deal scenario.
Christians, please go out and vote at the next election. We will be accountable to God whether or not we vote. Whichever way you look at it, your non-vote is a vote. Your vote is your voice. Your ballot is your seed that you sow. The Bible says “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap”. (Galatians 6:7 NKJV)
I will not tell you who to vote for; that is between you and God but you should vote – if you’re eligible. If you don’t vote, it would be as if you’re doing whatever the next government does. Why? Because you would have made it easier for them to do by not voting.
Looking at it in another way, we are not just doing it for ourselves but for our children and grandchildren as well – the next generations. We need to do out part – VOTE and God will do His. Fear not; He’s been dealing with politicians and rulers since the times of Nimrod and Pharaoh; the hearts of 21st century MPs are in His hands.
Hopefully, you’ve registered; so what you need to do now is Run to God, Pray, Have Faith In God, Vote and Roll all the care of the governance of Great Britain over to the power of the living God.
Until next time, stay blessed.Niyi Adeoshun
Money Management Coach
Author of "The Price of Financial Freedom"
(3 Essential Steps for Breaking the Cycle of Debt)