Voting is a privilege that should never be taken for granted. As most of you international students know, there are countries all over the world where citizens have no vote in who will govern them (democracy). Overall, democracy is the best form of government, because it is the most moral, protecting the right to choose (freedom). In theory, democracy is a system that places power in the hands of the citizens in order to ensure governing that is in favor of the people. Most everyone would agree that most democracies can be improved, I believe that is currently why there is so much division and unrest in the world today. People desire freedom and the right to choose who has the power. If they’re not happy with the status quo, they rebel.
However, people with power can create problems. From stately dictators to unruly mobs, control is intoxicating and addictive. People fight to gain and/or retain control and everyone loses. From Argentina to Zimbabwe, countries are experiencing civil unrest and demonstrations because people desire for a better future so they resist those currently in authority. I realize some countries seem to have it right… but how do they keep and maintain control in a global world with people suffering all around them? Voting is important when it releases power to those who submit to a higher authority and serve others.
In some countries, public servants who oversee departments are called “Ministers.” In Latin, the meaning was “servant, attendant” which itself was taken from the word ‘minus’ meaning “less.” This would be the ideal public official, someone who selflessly gave of himself for the good of others. Many people today choose not to give of themselves… they seem to prefer to take from others. Each day we choose how to (and who will) govern our lives, we can be selfless or selfish. We believe this is an important teaching in the Bible… it’s why we follow Jesus.