Democracy: Use It or Lose It!

Thanksgiving is just over. The fridge is full of leftovers (thankfully). Everyone is back to work (thankfully). It has not snowed yet (thankfully) and the Blue Bombers still have a faint hope for a playoff berth (thankfully). And the end of the longest federal election campaign in Canadian history is looming. How do we respond? Hopefully, with thanksgiving. Why?

This summer my wife Luanne and I had a delightful experience. One of our neighbours was celebrating the awarding of her Canadian citizenship. It was a lovely evening with lots of supportive friends and neighbours gathered. As we chatted while the party was winding down, I asked our new fellow citizen what she was most excited about.

“I get to vote!” she exclaimed with a passion that took me aback. “Where I came from before, we could not do that.”

At once, I felt embarrassed at my cynicism about the electoral process and politics in general. Here I was, a lifelong resident of this country, and so accustomed to taking democracy for granted. And this “newbie” was putting me to shame with her enthusiasm.

Winston Churchill got it right when he said, “Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all the others.” I really don’t fancy the “others”, thank you very much. As followers of Jesus and as Canadians, it is our privilege and responsibility to fully participate in the political process.

No matter how you vote on October 19, please vote! Ask God to be sovereign over the electoral process and that He will truly have “dominion from sea to sea” (Psalm 72:8).

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