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Voting in Elections

Is there a 'right' to vote? Or should we take a different view and argue that it is a 'privilege' to vote? Let's see.

If voting is a 'right', especially if you call it a 'civil right' then by definition it can not be taken away. Rights can not be lost, for then they would not be 'rights'. Privileges can be lost (ask any teenager!), but not rights. Also, 'rights' belong to everyone equally, so if you have any rules about voting, it can not be a 'right'. Many countries have a minimum voting age. Well, since many countries are filled with convicted criminals that can not vote, as well as underage people that can not vote, voting can not be legally considered a 'right'.

Well then, it is a privilege? If so, there are rules on earning it and on losing it. How does one 'earn' the privilege to vote? Is it by being a landowner? Is it by being born male, or by being old enough? How old is old enough? Is it 18 or 21 years of age?

Do any of these rules, or the many other ones tried by countries over the centuries ensure quality voters? Many of us know people of voting age that are just plain, well, not intelligent voters. We also know people too young to vote that are very careful and intelligent about casting their vote. I know dumb landowners and intelligent renters. If you want to call voting a privilege, I assure you that any line you draw for people to cross in order to 'earn' that privilege will be a flawed line. I offer you the argument that voting is not a privilege.

Voting in political elections is not a right, nor is it a privilege. Then what is it? I contend that it is a grave responsibility. Those that do not agree, should not be allowed to vote. Those that do agree, should be allowed to vote. They should strive hard to make 'informed' decisions which are best for them in the long-term.

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For those with a spiritual bend to them, let's continue this with a new subject, but using the same arguments. Is it a 'right' or a 'privilege' to be called a "Child of God"?

Many would say it is a 'right', but if so then they would also believe in 'Universal Salvation' to be consistent. If one person is a "Child of God" (I mean this in the way that the Jewish people over the centuries referred to themselves, as well as the way that Christians often do it today, and the way that members of other religions use the phrase.) then all are "Children of God" if it is a right. Oh, note that the phrase "birthright" refers to inherited privileges, not to 'rights'.

Some say that being a "Child of God" is a privilege, which means that it can be lost, or some line has to be drawn which must be crossed for YOU to become such a "Child". Who draws the line? Who monitors it? How do we know when someone has crossed it going in the wrong direction?

If you believe that you are a "Child of God", and you are priviledged, then you will stop acting in a Godlike fashion and become . . . pig-headed to all who don't respect you. You will accurately tell me, and several have, that God will never flush you.

My point in all this is not what God will do, but what you are doing! Let's not rely on God 100% of the time, and do nothing about anything! If a room is full of darkness, is it not time to bring in some light? If people are hungry, doesn't someone have to grow some food to feed them?

God does not steer a parked car!

Again, I say that it is neither, it is a responsibility. You do not 'chose' to become a "Child of God", you are "called" to be one. It is a responsibility that many seek, but few are given, and NONE can chose. None. Just as not a single human being in history has ever chosen their physical parentage, none of them can choose their spiritual parentage. God calls you and you either answer the call or fight it.

You are not great because you are called, nor are you called because you are great. As a Christian, you are not perfect, you have merely accepted the fact that you are merely human, need forgiveness, and are willing to serve the highest ranking being in existence, instead of staying self-centered.

Is the movie "Lord of the Ring: The Fellowship of the Ring", after Saruman the Wizard is presented the first of his Uruk-hai Orcs, he asks him this one question: "Whom do you serve?"

I believe that God will ask us the same question, not because He doesn't know, but because we will have to confront the issue at the judgement throne. For those of us that continued to serve ourselves until our last breathe, the destination will be different than for those that can honestly say that serve their Creator.

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