It would seem like most Christians these days don't know what to do in the upcoming election.
On one hand, the Republican lead John McCain has received critique and blacklisting from conservative folks (like James Dobson, for instance) for his pro-gay marriage, pro-abortion stance. Mike Huckabee would have been a more ideal choice, but yet remains down in the polls comparatively. Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama are the more heated to watch these days. What initially may have been a shut out has quickly closed the gap... ironically, because many Christians seem to be pulling for Barack over Clinton.
I have to admit, this is surprising to me.
I find it odd that a growing swell of "church people" like Obama. Not because the man doesn't have something to say, but because there has been such a clear dividing line in the past for Christians who felt that "Jesus would have voted Republican, so you should, too."
Yet in every Christian magazine from Christianity Today to Relevant Magazine, fans of Obama are doing their best not to drool over the guy (or at least they keep wiping their mouth so we won't notice). Facebook is littered with "fans of Obama" from people I would never have guessed. In fact, in most cases people who normally would keep their vote a private matter have gone public on their blogs with surprising support.
And it's honestly a bit curious for me... the shift in all of this seems a bit reactive.
Why so many former Repubs turning Demo? Maybe "no one likes Bush, and so let's do the anti-Bush thing." Or it could be that in a time of feeling backward as a country people just assume a change is what's needed. Maybe... maybe not.
Meanwhile, I often chat with someone who believes Obama is the anti-Christ. Literally... and Oprah is his "beast" who will deceive the nations. Obama's alleged ambiguous ideals (i.e. "Is He Christian or Muslim or both?"), "shady name" (poor guy), and so on coupled with "The Oprah" and an audience who deifies her can seem like a slice out of Left Behind for some.
And yet... for those who follow popular Lahaye/Jenkins theology I wonder if Obama is just the kind of personality to fill those shoes in the minds of premillenial millenials.
Politics to me aren't about winning or losing... they're about making the right decision in a society of bluffers. I know God gave us a mind to make decisions, but I'm going to spend more time away from the TV ads to make space for more prayer on this one. For me, voting is less about what I think or have voted in the past and more about my prayer life... and something tells me I'm going to need some serious time on my knees.
I'm Tony Myles, an Ohio voter, and I approved this message.