It is about 63 days more to the General elections and once again I have decided to write “Do not blame God if you fail to vote.” I have during the course of my day to day activities as a university graduate seeking employment come across some young men and women like myself, who told me that they won’t be voting in this year’s elections because they either do not participate in or like politics, and for some, they are just fed up with the promise and fail attitude of the various political parties. Really??? University graduates ooo!!! I just can’t believe these friends of mine are dashing out their lives and the future of our beloved country for the next four or more years over such shallow reasoning.
I heard the Electoral Commissioner on a radio program say that the word idiot originated from the Greeks and it was used to refer to those who failed to cast their ballot during elections. I completely agree with her. If you fail to vote then you are being an idiot. These same young men and women will troop from one church to the other asking God for job opportunities and blame God for not coming to their aid in the difficult economic conditions of the country.
Please do not get me wrong. I am a Christian, baptized with both water and by fire, I speak in tongues, I love to pray both quietly and loudly, I sometimes fast (often though) but I also know for a fact that God has given us the freewill to choose who we want to govern us here on earth. Whether you vote or not we will definitely have a President who shall determine the direction of the country for the next four years. This individual shall not be President over those who voted in the election but for all and the consequences of his decisions be it blessings, suffering or that which leads into slavery will be borne by the entire country. God is not going to exempt you just because you failed to vote. You then will realize, too late, the folly of your action.
Apostle Paul admonished Timothy to pray for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in godliness and holiness. He further adds that this act pleases our Lord (1Tim. 2:1-3). As much as Apostle Paul stresses on the relevance of praying for those in authority, in my opinion, he also acknowledges the power these individuals [government officials] have over us [citizens]. For that matter I need to fulfil my God given right in deciding who leads this country bearing in mind that it is pleasing to God if I vote.
Why just pray when God has given you the opportunity to be part of the decision on who becomes your President and Member of Parliament? Why care less when the future of the children less than 18 years (non-eligible voters) lies in your hands? As Jesus’ disciples asked Him in Mark 4: 38 when a furious squall came up and the waves broke over the boat as they travelled on sea whether He [Jesus] did not care if they drown, today I also ask you who has decided not vote for whatever reason whether you care if our only and beloved country progresses or relapses.
Do not be an idiot… Vote!
Written by Daniel Assamoah