Who ever thought that might be a difficult thing to say? OK, well, maybe that statement isn't going to get me persecuted, but I am finding myself tired of how cool it is to be a Christian and to ditch the GOP.
The most recent impetus for this reaction welling up in me has been this article that I stumbled across, but this is no new thought for me.
So here's my take (since you asked...): if an evangelical thoughtfully changes parties because he really thinks that the Republican party does not line up with his beliefs, I disagree, but ok.
But it appears to me that going more liberal is thoughtlessly trendy. Thus the constant invocations of phrases like, "Would Jesus have been a Republican?" and the like. Maybe he would've, maybe not, but it's really not that good of a question because of how limited his mission was.
There is something healthy about challenging your assumptions. But while critical evaluation is a worthwhile enterprise, I am afraid that in this case, too often that process starts with the assumption that all currently held assumptions must be wrong. The "Everyone thinks this, so it can't be right" type attitude.
It's edgy and hip to be an evangelical who challenges the Republican party. The fact that Obama is so compelling and McCain is sometimes so senile doesn't hurt this. So do promises for universal health care and the end of an unpopular war.
But these are exactly the kinds of things that we have to think critically about, rather than just make moves on. Is the Iraq War really that bad? Don't just say "yes" without giving me some good reasons why, and read some folks who think it isn't. Is universal health care really that good of an idea? Tell me how it won't sink the economy and end up backfiring in the process. Should we really give up on fighting abortion? Is Bush really not doing anything about Africa? Is the economy really in a recession, or just in a normal cycle? Is it really the government's fault that gas is getting so expensive?
We have to think through these issues seriously, rather than just react. It is possible to be a Christian and to vote against McCain, but think about it first.
Oh, and call me a single issue voter, but someone still needs to explain to me how the few thousand deaths in Iraq is worse than the 1.5 million God-imaging babies a year who die before I change my mind. A consistent ethic of life goes both ways.