5 Misconceptions about Christians and Voting

October 2016 - Feature Article
by Mark Hendrick

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October 2016 - Feature Article

Since the time of Christ believers have struggled with the question of how to be true to their faith while serving as responsible citizens. Should Christians vote? Should they run for office? Should they avoid the political process altogether?

The current political climate has disturbed more voters than it has delighted, and the complexities of the upcoming election has caused many
to declare, “I’m just not going to vote.”

I’d like to address five common misconceptions Christians have about voting and eliminate some of the confusion that surrounds this
important democratic right.

Misconception #1: Evangelical Christians vote.

The Barna Research Group reports that there are 80 million self-identified evangelicals. Only half registered to vote. Of those who are registered, only 20 million will actually vote in a presidential election. Only 10 million of those will vote in an off-year election where we elect statewide and legislative offices. Even fewer will vote in statewide primaries.

In last year’s off-year election in South Carolina, only six percent of registered voters turned out (not six percent of the population) for a statewide primary runoff. This means only six percent of registered voters chose the candidates who went on to win statewide office.That evangelical vote is one of the many misconceptions that surround the voting process.

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