Sunday, November 9, 2008

The evangelical vote for Obama

I have been trying to figure out what drove so many evangelical Christians to vote for Obama during this election. Repeatedly I have heard the phrase; “I care very deeply about abortion, but I cannot vote on only one issue”. Some felt there would be absolutely no difference, in the fight to protect the unborn, regardless of which candidate won the election. I am baffled. Look at what the Matthew25 network had to say…

What Barack Obama Will Do

An Obama administration will do more than a McCain administration for the cause of life, by drastically reducing abortions through giving women and families the support and the tools they need to choose life. Barack Obama will continue to strive to make a life with dignity for all from the beginning to the end of life possible - by making sure health care is affordable, combating poverty, providing good paying jobs, and ensuring security in life's final years.

Do evangelicals believe this? Barack has shown that he is one of the strongest supporters of any and all abortion ever. Here is a good article to articulate this claim. Obama went beyond extremism when he argued against the BAIPA on the Illinois senate floor. In the debates he claimed a national law was already in place to protect born alive infants, so the IL law was not needed. If that was true, then why was he standing on the senate floor bringing arguments against it? He was against the Illinois law just as he is against any national law that would allow a born alive child to live.

I am no idealist who thinks McCain would have done drastically more than the Bush Administration to end abortion; but McCain, as Bush did, would have appointed judges that read the constitution as it was written. Bring the issue to the States; where we can have some hope of limiting and even ending the gruesome murder of unborn children. Give me a chance to vote instead of a court creating laws.

Map of the evangelical vote.


  1. The issue of judicial appointments was surprisingly absent from the campaign. IMO, it is a winning issue for Republicans. People are tired of unelected judges making up law rather than interpreting it - this especially seems to be the case in light of the passage of Defense of Marriage ammendments in all three states where they were on the ballot.

    The McCain campaign missed big time on an issue where public opinion would have been on his side.

  2. Thanks for the Townhall link. "Delusional" is certainly a good term for the evangelical refusal to confront Obama's abortion policies. In quite a few conversations, otherwise "pro-life" friends simply refused to understand that Obama supports any and every form of abortion.

    And I agree on the larger point--judicial appointments are critical. McCain missed this boat.

  3. The problem does not lie with evangelicals' thinking that neither candidate was going to make necessary changes in this area and thus making their choices based on other social and economic issues. Most of us realize that no president could ever be able to do anything of the sort single-handedly.

    The problem is found in the mindset that allows us to view those other issues as more important in the long run. It is a sad commentary on the state of both the church and conservatism alike when we think that we must set aside a thing so fundamental to our principles and the morality of our nation, and thus the source of blessing from our God, for the sake of solving problems that are only a shadow of the moral condition of our land. Have we forgotten that it is only righteousness that exalts a nation? Does the church really believe that in lending a hand to the poor through liberal policies we will absolve our blood-guiltiness in the matter of abortion? Have we as conservatives chosen to set aside this crucial battle in resignation and defeat in favor of swatting at the flies that swarm and breed about the carnage?

    When we vote for a man who is fully in favor of a moral crime such as abortion, we reveal our own apathy toward the issue in favor of things that are far less important. What a sad state of affairs this is.

    I believe it was Alexander Pope who said (though I cannot be sure I am word-for-word accurate since I am quoting from memory):

    "Sin has a visage of such awful mein
    That to be hated needs but to be seen;
    But seen to oft, familiar with face,
    We first endure, then pity, then embrace."

    It seems we have seen abortion's awful visage too oft. We have begun to endure and pity it. How long before it swallows us up in its death grip?

    My sadness following last Tuesday's election is less about the election of one man over another. It is about what the choice represented about our people. "All that is necessary for evil to prevail, is that good men remain silent." Our people have been deceived into surrender and have subsequently slipped into a cowardly silence.