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Jen Pollock Michel

( author + writer + speaker )

How Canada Convinced Me Not to Vote: Why I won't be casting my ballot in two weeks

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A friend e-mailed weeks ago to ask my political opinion. Because of her newfound faith, she’s approaching this election differently. Like most Christ-followers, Democrat and Republican, she wants to cast a “Christian” vote. Her e-mail arrived the day Her.meneutics released its first eBook, What Christian Women Want This Election Season, which I advised her to read and which I've reviewed here. Apart from this recommendation, however, I was stumped. In fact, I was feeling—and still feel—politically ambivalent. Voting is a great freedom and an important civic responsibility. However, a vote for president cannot express the breadth of Christian conviction.

Although political disengagement may not be a “moral option,” I have decided I won’t vote next month. Now that I am living in Canada, I would have needed to obtain an absentee ballot to vote, and I simply lacked the political will to bother.

* * * * * You'll find the entire content of my essay here at Christianity Today's Women's Blog, her.meneutics.