We often had rousing discussions around the dinner table about pertinent issues or candidates. Although they would try very hard to convince you to see the candidates the way they saw them, in the end they would respect your right to your view and encouraged everyone to vote.
In America, we have been given a huge responsibility to participate in government. We all need to take that responsibility seriously As we face another election I want to urge you to do your part, make your voice heard, and vote according to your conscience.
Romans 13:1-7 (The Message)
To Be a Responsible Citizen
Be a good citizen. All governments are under God. Insofar as there is peace and order, it’s God’s order. So live responsibly as a citizen. If you’re irresponsible to the state, then you’re irresponsible with God, and God will hold you responsible. Duly constituted authorities are only a threat if you’re trying to get by with something. Decent citizens should have nothing to fear.
Do you want to be on good terms with the government? Be a responsible citizen and you’ll get on just fine, the government working to your advantage. But if you’re breaking the rules right and left, watch out. The police aren’t there just to be admired in their uniforms. God also has an interest in keeping order, and he uses them to do it. That’s why you must live responsibly—not just to avoid punishment but also because it’s the right way to live.
That’s also why you pay taxes—so that an orderly way of life can be maintained. Fulfill your obligations as a citizen. Pay your taxes, pay your bills, respect your leaders.