Faith Beyond Politics

Maybe I’m not a horrible Christian after all.

According to the Barna Group, born-again Christians are less likely to vote for Republican candidates. The group says that if the election were held today, more Christians would vote for the Democratic Party Presidential nominee, even if it was Hillary Clinton!!! (Read study here and thanks to my pal, Gavin, for bring this interesting article to my attention. Go read his blog. It’s good stuff.)

The article states that born-again Christians constitute close to half the votes cast in the U.S. Here’s a quote from the survery, “the new Barna study shows that if the election were to be held today, 40% of all born again adults who are likely to vote in November would choose the Democratic candidate and just 29% would choose the Republican candidate. The remaining 28% are currently not sure whom they would choose, preferring to make their selection on the basis of the candidate than strictly on the basis of his or her party affiliation.”

Looks I’m part of the 28% that is undecided, not part of the majority who would choose a Democratic candidate, and only one percentage point from die-hard Republican voters. Isn’t that interesting?

I’ve been getting some rather heated comments/notes lately because I said I would probably throw my support behind Obama or McCain, and not Huckabee. People have been questioning my faith in God, my values, and whether or not I am truly a Christ-Follower. It’s cool, because as my friend would say, my name is written on His Hands and in His book of life.

But I do find it interesting that 28% are undecided like me, and 40% are in favor of a Democratic candidate. That means that 68% of us are in the same boat on our ways to the Inquisition of Faith. How could a Christian be a registered Democrat, vote for a Democrat, or consider voting for a Democrat? It’s so…ungodly!

Amazingly, I am more concerned about the faith of those who think being a Christian equals being a conservative Republican, than I am about the voters who are still exploring their candidate options.

Could it be that the body of Christ is made of of more than conservative Republicans? Perhaps so.

By the way, I am not knocking conservative Republicans who are Christians. I think you guys are great and you rock! I love that you have faith and are bringing your beliefs to the polls. It is important that you show up and vote. I am glad that many of you are taken with Huckabee, who seems like a good guy.

My point is this–I am a moderate who also brings her faith to her polls. I also pray and consider my options carefully, and just because I reach a different conclusion as you does not mean I am any less “saved” than you. Just like no one church has the corner on the faith market, nor does any political party. God works outside our constructs because He is God.

And I really think He wants McCain to be President.

(Just kidding! I was having a “Pat Robertson” moment, plus I thought it would be a killer closing.)

0 thoughts on “Faith Beyond Politics

  1. Wow! I really agree with everything you said. A few years ago when I was still forming my political ideas, I felt as though one could not be a Christian and a Democrat. After years of thinking, talking to people, and watching the news, I realized that many Christians, in fact, are not Republicans. I indentify with many of the Democratic principles because of my Christianity, and I should not feel guilty or pressured to vote another way because a group of Conservative Christians believes that I am less faithful for not voting for a former pastor. I believe it is time to end the idea that “good” Christians must vote for the “most religious” candidates. Voting is a decision that should be kept between ourselves and God. He will help us choose who will lead our country in the best direction. I believe the outspoken evangelicals actually turn people away from God’s love by pushing their personal values on others. I believe they have good intentions in their hearts, but they need to realize that individuals are, well, extremely individual. Every person, and every Christian for that matter, reacts to different people and candidates in different ways. I am so thankful for your post!

  2. Wow! I really agree with everything you said. A few years ago when I was still forming my political ideas, I felt as though one could not be a Christian and a Democrat. After years of thinking, talking to people, and watching the news, I realized that many Christians, in fact, are not Republicans. I indentify with many of the Democratic principles because of my Christianity, and I should not feel guilty or pressured to vote another way because a group of Conservative Christians believes that I am less faithful for not voting for a former pastor. I believe it is time to end the idea that “good” Christians must vote for the “most religious” candidates. Voting is a decision that should be kept between ourselves and God. He will help us choose who will lead our country in the best direction. I believe the outspoken evangelicals actually turn people away from God’s love by pushing their personal values on others. I believe they have good intentions in their hearts, but they need to realize that individuals are, well, extremely individual. Every person, and every Christian for that matter, reacts to different people and candidates in different ways. I am so thankful for your post!

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