Life is way too busy for me to post as extensively on this issue as I would like. I’m in the midst of working through several questions concerning the relationship between the church and the state, and it is proving to be a very interesting line of inquiry. I hope to post on some of this at some point, but for now I can only interact with what is immediately before us, namely, the 2008 presidential election.
Before the introduction of Sarah Palin as the vice presidential running mate to John McCain, it was rather fashionable in evangelical circles to express disdain for and displeasure with the presumptive Republican candidate. His positions, taken as a whole, were simply not conservative enough (whatever that means). From the thoughtful to the unthinking, however, it seemed likely that it would be a hold-your-nose-and-vote election to keep Barack Obama from taking office. Obama bin Biden, you see, is feared to be a Muslim in drag who would, once elected, hand us over to Osama bin Laden, and cause us all to take the mark of the beast and marry gay evolutionary abortionists. So it isn’t so much that McCain had traction as it was the desperate desire to keep the Antichrist out of the white house.
Enter the gun-toting, baby-having, beauty-queen, governess of a state with the population the size of most home towns (nothing personal, my Alaskan friends). More can be read about her from various perspectives than I could possibly cover here, so Google her and see what people think. My point here is that she, for about a quadrabazillion reasons, in my humble, is not qualified for the job. But evangelicals have gone wackers because she has a bunch of kids and didn’t abort her baby with Downs Syndrome. Now, lest you misunderstand, I give her a standing ovation for keeping and loving her son. I am pro-life. Very. But that does not qualify her to be president any more than it does me.
Anyway, as I mentioned earlier, time is short, so I’ll cut to the chase. What is a Christian voter to do? I’ve considered the options, which are few (you can sort those out pretty easily for yourself as well). In the end, I’ve decided to vote my conviction and conscience. I’m voting NO!