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Voting is not only a right; it’s a privilege. While in some quarters the government basically tries to bribe people to vote (by entering voters into state-sponsored lotteries, for example), I believe we need to limit the vote to those who have made the effort to be informed. This is a democracy. Only citizens who take their duties seriously should participate.

So please don’t vote if:

– you haven’t looked into the character and platforms of the candidates;
– you don’t know who your congressman and senators are;
– you can’t succinctly describe our system of government at the local, state, and national levels;
– you are easily swayed by slogans and naked appeals to emotion;
– you expect the government to provide and care for you;
– you don’t have a job and pay taxes;
– you have no discernible political philosophy;
– you simply follow the orders of someone who is more informed;
– you support a candidate only because of his or her race or disability;
– you can’t figure out the ballot;
– you take political attack ads at face value.

There’s nothing virtuous in casting an ignorant vote.

About Stan Guthrie

Stan Guthrie is an editor at large for Christianity Today magazine and for the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview. His latest book is God's Story in 66 Verses. He also is author of All that Jesus Asks: How His Questions Can Teach and Transform Us, Missions in the Third Millennium: 21 Key Trends for the 21st Century, and A Concise Guide to Bible Prophecy. He is co-author of The Sacrament of Evangelism. Besides authoring, writing, and editing books, Stan is a literary agent, bringing together good authors, good books, and good publishers. Stan writes the monthly Priorities colum for He has appeared on National Public Radio's €œTell Me More,€ WGN's Milt Rosenberg program, and many Christian shows, including The Eric Metaxas Show and Moody Radio'€™s €œNew Day Florida.€ A licensed minister and an inspirational speaker, he served as moderator for the Christian Book Expo panel discussion, Does the God of Christianity Exist, and What Difference Does It Make?
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