What Holds Back Some Christians from Voting?


The Presidential Prayer Team

Office of the President

December 7, 2023

What Holds Back Some Christians from Voting?

Dear Faithful Member,

  Did you know that over 15 million Christians in America are not registered to vote? And shockingly, of those who are registered, only 1 in 3 actually cast a vote! I’m sure that this news weighs on your heart, as it does mine. As citizens of this nation, we know that voting is a privilege not universally held throughout the world, and voting is the best way to have a voice in determining who will hold authority.

“When the righteous increase, the people rejoice; but when the wicked rule, the people groan.” Proverbs 29:2

  So why are so many Christians avoiding their civic duty? Maybe there are too many distractions in our busy world. Maybe there is a feeling that one vote won’t matter. Or maybe it is easier to hide and say that this world is not their home, and they are just passing through. There may be many reasons, but for us to be effective, we need to better understand why.

  Please give us your insight into why so many are not engaged. You can help us focus our attention on the greatest needs ahead of the 2024 election. We are all in for prayer for our nation and leaders, and prayer extends to caring about and seeking God’s will for our involvement in His plan.

“He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” Micah 6:8

   Words on a screen often don’t convey the full weight and tone of what is upon my heart, so I have prepared a short audio message, from me to you.

   In service together in prayer,

  Jim Bolthouse


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