This post is part of my personal blog. It is not intended to be representative of any church or other organization I am associated with.
1. It’s okay to not vote. It’s your civil right, but it’s absolutely not your Christian duty.
“Some of you say, ‘We can do anything we want to.’ But I tell you that not everything is good for us.”
1 Corinthians 6:12
2. Some will claim it is your Christian duty to vote. The vast majority of these people are usually very uninvolved politically and do not vote in every election they could. Ignore them.
“Jesus said, ‘Woe to you lawyers as well! For you weigh men down with burdens hard to bear, while you yourselves will not even touch the burdens with one of your fingers.'”
3. If you’re not very well informed, it’s better to say out of it.
“Wise people always think before they do anything, but fools show how stupid they are by what they do.”
4. Watching your favorite cable news network does not make you well informed.
“The first person to speak always seems right until someone comes and asks the right questions.”
5. Complex issues require careful consideration. Most political issues are more complex than a quick google search.
“Fools believe every word they hear, but wise people think carefully about everything.”
6. Being informed enough to vote responsibly may not be worth your time. And that’s okay. You can submit a ballot with some things left blank, and they’ll still count the rest.
“Be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil.”
7. Do not be anxious.
“Do not be anxious.”
These biblical references are not necessarily meant as prooftexts, but they are relevant.
And here’s a bonus tip published by some other guy in his early thirties:
“Every man is bound to answer these questions to himself, according to the best of his conscience and understanding, and to act agreeably to the genuine and sober dictates of his judgment. […] Let him beware of an obstinate adherence to party.”