In the 2010 general elections, the percentage of people who actually turned out to vote was 65.1%. In Wolverhampton the turnout was 61.6%. That figure drops even more dramatically to 44% when analysing the turnout amongst 18-24 year olds. (More info)
Dudley, Sandwell and Walsall also share figures below the national average. Why are people so disillusioned with voting? And more importantly, how does God feel about it?
As Christians, this is a crucial question to pose. Is God ticked off when we fail to place a tick in that small box? Are we called to vote therefore? Is abstinence from voting thus a SIN of commission or omission?
If God has geography so much in His creative thinking, and as He links GOVERNMENT to MISSION (‘…that all may be saved and come to a knowledge of the truth….”1 Timothy 2:4), how can we allow dullness of mind and the systematic endemic apathy largely present in the western church to cause us to walk in perpetual sin by showing no or little interest in the affairs of men and gods in the very place He called us to be an influence?
‘What difference does my small voice make?’ is a question we cannot afford NOT to respond to.
On behalf of Love Wolverhampton