Welcome to the fourth and final week of Patheos' Election Month feature. Patheos offers the world's most compelling writers confronting life's most important questions -- and this week we turn to the question all Americans will face on November 6th.
This week we ask: For whom will you vote? Please make a brief case for your preferred candidate, in light of your tradition.
Patheos wants to model a conversation that is elevated, informed and charitable. Please focus your comments on the critical issues before us and be constructive.
I will leave the ballot spot unchecked so Obama knows that he can't just phone it in with me, he has to show up and work as hard for me as he does everybody else.
It's pretty simple really. No Catholic, and really no person of faith, can in good conscience vote for Obama. You may vote for Romney, and you may vote 3rd party, but you cannot vote for Barack Obama. Now allow me to explain.
Obama's first term has not been perfect. But policy-wise, he has had a steady hand and he has attained some major accomplishments in the face of the most conservative Republican party in memory.
With a country so divided could Obama be the next Lincoln? I think so and here is why...
Lincoln probably put it best when he said we should not seek to show God on our side as much as to work to ensure we are on His.
Obama is not the savior of the world or even of the United States. But I think his policies are more faithful to our savior, Jesus Christ.
In a country where we have the freedom to vote, I am incredulous when people choose not to exercise that right, especially young people, who can do whatever they choose to do.
No matter who wins this election, Christians have a real fight on their hands.
Obaid H. Siddiqui
How similar Obama and Romney are and why both are wrong for this country.
Scripture often seems to boil all its concerns to a single idea upon which believers are called to act.
I see compassion, justice, and equity as biblical values-and to me they trump non-issues such as marriage and perceived support for Israel.
I like different things about each of them and their respective platforms that intersect with my faith.
John Mark Reynolds
Mr. Romney is fit for the burden of these difficult times. He has energy and a program for renewing the constitutional role for government.
The government grows ever larger and it dominates more of our time, our anxieties, our decisions. This is not healthy. Nor is it sustainable.
And by vote I mean vote for a candidate that is actually standing for the election!
I am voting for President Obama because Jesus was not kidding when he demanded we feed the hungry, clothe the naked, visit the imprisoned, heal the sick, and care for the least of these.
Obama's commitments reflect mine, and his accomplishments have improved the lives of millions of Americans.
While I do not absolutize my own values and recognize a variety of possible biblical perspectives, my support for President Obama is grounded in the interplay of vision and action.
Precious Rasheeda Muhammad
The Elders who came before me spur me to action. They will be in the voting booth with me, reminding me that they lived and died by what they believed.
I'm voting for Obama. He's not perfect, but he has my vote.
I believe in the President's leadership and his sincerity, and I think he represents the best option for Muslim Americans to see our aspirations realized.
Many American Muslims have complaints against Obama, but here are 10 reasons why you should vote for him.
Phil Fox Rose
Integrity is my top criterion in choosing a leader. Sound judgment is also critical. We never know what a president will face, so how they make decisions and lead is all we have to go on.
Anyone who honors the earth or the feminine as sacred should not cast a Republican vote.
Conservative activist and commentator David French, co-founder of Evangelicals for Mitt, makes the case for Romney.
Since Jill Stein would never win, we have to choose Romney or Obama. Obama's the better choice by far.