Can You Be Evangelical and Vote Democrat?

A great "Make you think" post from a blog I love to read, Bryan Mondok's.....

Mondok Blog
Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Can You Be Evangelical and Vote Democrat?
I've heard it said, you've heard it said, that you can be a Democrat when you come to Christ, but as you mature and grow in the Lord, you will naturally vote Republican.


Is that a true statement? Have you heard that said? Is a definition of solid theology mean that salvation is a free gift, but to keep it you have to vote Republican? Is that the natural flow of logic? According to Christianity Today, young evangelicals are drawn to Obama? Are they mis-guided? Or Holy Spirit guided?

Should Obama earn the Democratic nomination, his message of hope and unity will appeal to young evangelicals, said Allen Hertzke, a political science professor at the University of Oklahoma. Obama talks openly about his faith, often employing biblical imagery in his speeches. But any outreach effort from Clinton would need to overcome her family's history.

According to Dr. Dobson, there are no choices and therefore, the truly Christian, family friendly thing to do is to not vote...

"Should Sen. McCain capture the nomination as many assume, I believe this general election will offer the worst choices for President in my lifetime," Dobson said in a message to his e-mail subscribers the morning of Super Tuesday. "I certainly can't vote for Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama based on their virulently anti-family policy positions. If these are the nominees in November, I simply will not cast a ballot for President for the first time in my life."

C'mon Dobson, you're acting like a
strong-willed child.

How can we not talk about politics? This is the biggest Presidential Election I can remember.

Comments

Cajun Tiger said…
Being you referred to this post in the other post I wanted to check it out too =) (I guess you notice by now I'm catching up on your blog =)

If anyone were to say you can't be an evanlical Christian and vote Dem is wrong if they are really questioning someone's faith just by the way they vote.

However, with that said, I think the real point should be who should evangelical Christians vote for. In order to figure that out you have to list your top values. No one should ever vote on just one issue b/c I personally think that is incredibly dangerous and narrow minded.

Once you list your top 5-10 issues then you look and see what each person positions and past votes have been. If a Dem lines up with those better than the Repub then vote Dem.

I personally don't know many Dems who would qualify by that test. Whether it be family issues, abortion, school choice, taxes, national defense, illegal immigration, trade, war on terror, gay marriage, embryonic stem cells, guns, the vast majority would fall way short.

List out your top 10 issues that are important to you and then the positions of each candidate. That is the way all elections should be decided. Unfortunately most don't do that and go with how a candidate makes them feel or how a candidate looks.

It will be a very interesting next 9 months for sure.

BTW I also couldn't disagree more with Dobson that he will sit out this race. There is way too much at stake to throw a hissy fit just b/c no candidate is the perfect candidate. My 80% friend is not my 100% enemy.