I know you did a good job of keeping the post vague and given the subject matter that was quite wise. But, hey, I'll just say it... There seems to be a growing number of people in the U.S. who do not care if their "political views" and "religious views" are inline. I just don't gather that the average voter even bothers to pray for guidance in whom to vote for, let alone actually sit down and take a look at past voting records or stances. (VoteSmart.org
are just two sites I've found that can really help in gathering that information, by the way.)
Concerning the Presidential election, I keep hearing "How could anyone who is a Christian vote for Barack Obama?"
My Answer: Honestly, I do not know. If anyone can explain it to me calmly, rationally, and as Phil points out, with any sound Scriptural basis, I am all ears (or eyes, in this case).
Based upon Barack Obama's voting record as a U.S. Senator, I just can not see it. Partial birth abortion was just outlawed under the Bush administration. Barack Obama voted in favor of partial birth abortion as a senator and evaded questions of when he felt life began during his run for the Presidency. It does not take a rocket scientist to see where his mind is on that issue. Barack Obama will be appointing a Supreme Court Justice during his term. Right now, the court sits at, basically, 5 conservative and 4 liberal judges. Obama will surely appoint a liberal judge inline with his views. Conceivably, the partial birth abortion ban is lifted as a result. (Likely the Clinton "assault weapons" ban to be reinstated as well as the recent judgment that Washington D.C. residents may carry firearms as that only passed by, you guessed it, 5 votes to 4 in the Supreme Court.)
It's amazing that a lot of what we face in this nation has been summed up in a bumper sticker...
Total U.S. Deaths to War All Time: ~700,000
Total Abortions Since 1973: ~40,000,000
(Who knows how many abortions were performed before it became legal in '73 either.)Most
liberally-minded individuals I have met are all for the "right to choose", yet against war for any cause though.