I don’t intend to cover the US election here in any detail. But I thought I should point you in a few directions if you are interested. One thing that has always puzzled UK evangelicals like me is why US politics is so polarized, with so few evangelicals voting Democratic. If you want a clear explanation as to why this is, Justin Taylor explains evangelical concerns about Obama in quite simply the most clear way I have ever seen, while interacting with John Piper’s views, with which, in some ways, he disagrees.
There is a long comments section and a long list of posts that have linked to his well-written post. Basically, we could say, “It’s about abortion, stupid!” What may surprise some Europeans is that the Republicans, to varying degrees, are pro-life and the Democrats are, to varying degrees, pro-abortion, with Obama, it seems, being the most pro-death candidate imaginable. Thus, for many Christians, they are single-issue voters. They want to do anything to try and prevent the genocide of babies that is ongoing. It seems to me that over the last year Gordon Brown has taken massive steps towards the UK political scene becoming similarly divided on religious grounds.
In my view, one thing is certain—Christians have a moral obligation to vote, and to vote remembering God is watching them. Too many Christians do not vote, almost arguing this disengagement from the process is a spiritual act. The truth is we should be grateful for the opportunity to vote; many in this world do not have that privilege. We should also vote recognizing the Lordship of Jesus over all of our lives and becoming fully engaged in the social and political world.
Other Christian sites to visit to understand the election over in the USA include:
- Al Mohler’s radio comments on the election.
- In The Agora is a great site for political commentary from a Christian perspective.
- The Pulpit Magazine has some commentary from John MacArthur.
- Finally, although they haven’t written about it yet, I will be surprised if the newly returned from a month’s break Team Pyro doesn’t blog about the election too. Certainly Dan Phillips has blogged about it on his solo blog.