Lacey suggested this as a topic for discussion, emphasizing in particular, the matter of participation in the political process, and I concur that such is indeed a worthwhile topic to explore.
If no party in a given election is putting forth a platform that is clearly based, either explicitly or at least implicitly, upon Christian principles, but, in fact, all parties seem committed to the ‘progressive’ status quo on social issues (or at least, that none are especially vocally campaigning against ‘progressive’ positions, promising to actually overturn them if elected), I see no reason to vote. I have therefore abstained from voting in the last four federal elections or so here in Canada, and in at least one provincial election I also abstained (we have, in Ontario, the ability to ‘decline’ one’s ballot, which I took advantage of in the second last provincial election). I refuse to give a system which gives me no-one I can vote for in good conscience, my endorsement. If a suitable protest party runs a candidate in my riding in a given election, I might be persuaded to vote for them as a protest – as long as I can go along with the jist of their platform; I did so recently in the most recent provincial election here this past autumn, voting for the Libertarian Party, after having met with them, read their platform, etc.
I don’t feel compelled to vote, just for the sake of voting.
I know other Christians have different opinions, of course; one one hand, some feel one should always vote, that it is a duty and not merely a right or privilege to be exercised as one wishes; on the opposite side, there are some Christians who abstain completely from voting – some because they don’t recognize the legitimacy of the state, per se – Anabaptists – others, such as Covenanter Presbyterian types, because they don’t recognize the legitimacy of any State not explicitly founded on Reformed, Covenanter principles. I disagree with both, finding myself in the middle; voting if I wish to, but not voting if I can’t bring myself to do so, in good conscience.