Scots widely recognized that the referendum to separate Scotland from the United Kingdom was very important. Scottish friends invariably mentioned the issue in conversations with me; the British media, especially in the last few months before the referendum featured stories about the referendum.
Given the referendum's importance, I'm not terribly surprised that voter turnout was 84.5%, the highest in British history. Equally impressive, voter registration in Scotland is 97% of those eligible to register. Direct democracy, at least on this one occasion, worked well in Scotland, giving Scots their relationship of choice with the rest of the United Kingdom.
In the United States, we sadly take far less interest in governance and elections. Less than two-thirds of those eligible actually register. Of registered voters, only about 60% vote in federal elections in which we elect a president; participation plummets to about 40% in mid-term federal elections.
A friend recently lamented the US going to war against ISIL without Congress (the Constitution gives Congress alone the power to declare war) or the President eager to take responsibility for embarking on a potentially lengthy war with a poorly understood strategy and even a vaguer sense of what the US has to do win the war.
It would appear that US voters reap what they sow. Disinterest and lack of involvement result in elected officials more concerned about winning the next election that doing what is right. Americans (and the rest of the world) deserve better.
In a democracy, the only way in which God can influence the choice of a government is through the electorate. Failing to register, failing to stay informed about the issues, failing to vote in every election, and failing to communicate your views to your elected officials on a regular basis are all forms of sin, i.e., missing the mark on what God desires God's people to do.