‘All that is required for evil to prevail is for good men to do nothing’

Here are 10 reasons why Christians should vote, taken from Dr Krish Kandiah in Christian Today magazine.

  1. Voting publicly recognises that we submit to the authority of the political system in our nation as established by God.  (Romans 13:1-7)
  2. Voting recognises the equality of all people and their right to speak and be heard. (Deuteronomy 10:17-19)
  3. It is one way that we can obey God’s command to seek the good of those around us and our nation as a whole. (Jeremiah 29:5-6)
  4. It shows that we care deeply about who our leaders are as we are urged to offer prayer and intercession on their behalf. (1 Timothy 2:1,2)
  5. It is a simple yet significant way we can do something about politics in our nation. ‘All that is required for evil to prevail is for good men to do nothing’, Edmund Burke. (Psalms 34:14)
  6. It makes a difference the way a grain of salt makes a difference, and that is how we are to influence our society for good. (Matthew 5:13)
  7. It is a privilege not to be taken for granted. Those of us who reap the benefits of living in a democracy should play a part in upholding democracy.
  8. Not voting is a form of voting, as it will influence the outcome. We need to take responsibility for our actions, as well as our lack of actions. (Luke 10:25-37)
  9. Voting has biblical precedence for example Acts 14:23 describes that the early Christians elected elders by voting.
  10. Voting is part of our stewardship to use all the resources we have been given in ways that honor God; to waste a vote is to squander a gift.

14 Replies to “‘All that is required for evil to prevail is for good men to do nothing’”

  1. Well said Colin. I appreciate the bible references because sometimes, when faced with a young person for whom this general election will be their first chance to vote, I often find it difficult to find the words to say to help them. Looking at it from a Christian perspective is great. It gives me the confidence to speak with love and support towards the enquirer without getting bogged down with the, sometimes petty, politics.

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  2. A comment left on the Exeter Express and Echo website:

    Even if this is a safe seat, always vote against the incumbent if you are unhappy. You may not get who you want this time, but if enough people do this it will become less safe each time. This in turn prompts more people to do the same when they realise their vote may swing it. Always vote, you never know what might happen.

    http://www.exeterexpressandecho.co.uk/letter-Hugo-Swire-East-Devon-safe-seat-marginal/story-26360981-detail/story.html

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  3. Elections in our area are on Thursday 7 May. Across the country, people will be voting in their new representatives for three levels of government. One for the General (Parliamentary) Election, another for the East Devon District Council elections and, in theory, a third for the Ottery Town Council elections. The polling stations will be open from 7am to 10pm.

    The General Election will determine East Devon’s next MP, and there are a choice of five candidates:
    Claire Wright (Independent)
    Hugo Swire (Conservative) (Outgoing MP)
    Steve Race (Labour)
    Stuart Mole (Liberal Democrat)
    Andrew Chapman (UKIP)

    Voters will receive a separate ballot paper for the East Devon District Council elections, which will determine our district council representatives for the next four years. Ottery Town (There is also an Ottery Rural Ward) is represented by two Councillors (some wards have one or three), so voters can pick up to two candidates:
    Andrew Blackwell (Labour)
    Peter Faithfull (Independent)
    Roger Giles (Independent)
    Nick Partridge (Conservative)
    Tim Venner (Conservative)

    Elections for town and parish councils are also taking place on 7 May, but in the case of Ottery Town Council, the number of candidates equaled the number of seats available, so the candidates will automatically be elected as Councillors:
    Paul Carter
    Glyn Dobson
    Anne Edwards
    Peter Faithfull – Independent
    Roger Giles – Independent
    Ian Holmes – Independent
    Elli Pang

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  4. Still not sure who to vote for?
    There’s a brief and useful summary of where each of the political parties stand on the main issues here.
    In East Devon, we also have Claire Wright, an Independent candidate not affiliated to any of these parties. You can find a summary of her main points here.

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  5. East Devon was expected to be the first to declare its results at about 2.30am, but no result yet at 5.30am. This may indicate a high turnout, the Ottery Polling Station certainly felt busy throughout the day yesterday, with queues to vote out into Yonder Street at different times. Last General Election 73% of those in East Devon entitled to vote, did vote, compared with 65% nationally.

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  6. 1 in 4 in the East Devon constituency are over 65 years old, the sixth highest proportion of any constituency in England and Wales. The average age here is 45, compared to 39 nationally.

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  7. Here are the results:

    Conservative candidate Hugo Swire, 25,401 votes.
    46% share of the total vote
    -2% change in share of the votes

    Independent candidate Claire Wright, 13,140 votes.
    24% share of the total vote
    +24% change in share of the votes

    UKIP candidate Andrew Chapman, 6,870 votes.
    13% share of the total vote
    +4% change in share of the votes

    Labour candidate Stephen Race, 5,591 votes.
    10% share of the total vote
    -1% change in share of the votes

    Liberal Democrat candidate Stuart Mole, 3,715 votes.
    7% share of the total vote
    -24% change in share of the votes

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  8. According to New Statesman, David Cameron is the first Prime Minister since 1900 to have been in power for more than 18 months and to have increased his party’s vote share.

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  9. In the East Devon District Council elections, Independent councilors Peter Faithfull and Roger Giles were elected for Ottery Town.

    The EDDC is now made up of 37 Conservative (previously 42), 16 Independent (previously 7) and 6 Liberal Democrat (previously 10).

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  10. Christianity magazine had an article with the views of three different Christians to the General Election result. One was disappointed, one was delighted and one was disillusioned.
    Read the interesting article here.

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  11. There are now sixteen Independents on East Devon District Council, which has previously been Conservative-dominated, their majority has now been reduced to fifteen.

    Roger Giles who achieved over 2000 votes, the best result ever.

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