From CitizenLink.com (a Focus on the Family site): The Duty to Vote

The Duty to Vote

Values voters need to be heard on Election Day.

President Calvin Coolidge, known in his time as “Silent Cal” for his reluctance to speak publicly, nevertheless spoke volumes when it came to one topic: the duty of Americans to vote. In 1926, he said:

It is not in violence and crime that our greatest danger lies. These evils are so perfectly apparent that they very quickly arouse the moral power of the people for their suppression. A far more serious danger lurks in the shirking of those responsibilities of citizenship, where the evil may not be so noticeable but is more insidious and likely to be more devastating.

We live in a republic. A vital principle of that form of government is representation. More and more, as our population increases, it becomes necessary for the people to express their will through their duly chosen delegates. If we are to maintain the principle that governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed, if we are to have any measure of self-government, if the voice of the people is to rule, if representatives are truly to reflect the popular will, it is altogether necessary that in each election there should be a fairly full participation by all the qualified voters.

Eighty years later, getting everyone to take their duty to vote seriously is still the biggest issue of the hour — and it is uppermost in the minds of Christian and conservative leaders.

Saying he is “concerned about my country,” Focus on the Family Chairman James C. Dobson, Ph.D., is calling on all Americans — especially people of faith — to vote on Election Day.

“If people of faith — the so-called values voters — don’t come out and let their voices be heard, there are going to be some major implications for this country,” he said.

Dobson is joined by others, including Gary Bauer, the former presidential candidate who heads American Values, in urging Americans to exercise their constitutional rights.

“I think it is the duty of any American citizen, especially at a time of war, to vote,” Bauer told CitizenLink. “But I particularly believe that is true for Christians. I believe the Scriptures are full of things that point to the idea that we need to be Christian citizens – just as we are Christian students or Christian teachers or Christian parents.

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