Thursday, February 21, 2013

Page 52 of 365: Abstinence is Never an Excuse

The student council election period is here again. Many students, from grade school to grad school, will exercise their right to elect the people who will be their voice in their respective academe. But here I am, pondering if I will vote. This is the first time that I think of abstaining. I only know a few of them personally. The others, "Who the heck are they?" Feeling that I might leave blanks for the first time in my life as a voter (I did not even leave any blank in the 2010 National Elections), I told my friend and churchmate, "Hey! I'm dead considering abstinence," especially after seeing one of the groups running for the student council posts doing a kinda (IMO) awkward way of campaigning (I'm not saying I don't like their style). And then she rebuked me, "You need to vote. If you want change, then show it by electing. (non-verbatim)"

Then I realized after reading "Contempt" by Foh Pang Chia, "Hey! Voting is also a way of worshiping God!" God wants change to our society, so even if He is the One who is placing the right people for the job, He gave us the power to place them there by allowing us to elect them. If we decide not to vote, then we just show contempt to the Lord. Contempt means a deep anger toward someone. During the Old Testament times, the people of Israel saw God's contempt toward them, all because they did not worship Him, did not serve Him, and disobeyed Him. Now, because of Jesus Christ, His anger over us is gone. However, He feels sad every time we do contemptuous things on Him, like abstinence from the good deeds, and He will make it feel to us.

As children of God, our votes bring change. Abstaining should not be a consideration. If we vote, we also glorify the Lord. The Lord wants revival in our schools, our offices, our community, our country, and the whole world, and He wants the change to start in us. Let's vote for the Lord!

PS: The only things that we should abstain: all appearances of evil (1 Thessalonians 5:22 KJV).

Read Malachi 1:6-14, 1 Corinthians 15:58, Galatians 6:9, and 2 Thessalonians 3:13.


  1. Abstinence is DISCIPLINE. No matter what you do if you know your purpose in life then you need not to abstain from it. Will some people think the way you think, and I can't blame you for that. But if you have that self-respect and knowing that VOTING with conscience Clear and with Dignity there is nothing to be afraid of.

  2. Voting is not only our right, it's also our responsibility to make changes in the society be deciding on the best candidate.