From Jeff Munroe
With the recent announcement of Rep. Paul Ryan as the Republican Vice-Presidential nominee, the major party slates are set and the choice before us has been defined as sharply as any in recent electoral memory. Some Christian voters – especially evangelicals – might well be wondering whatever happened to “their kind” of candidate. As an evangelical, I welcome the choice we have.
This election has a different religious backdrop. The major party nominees are two Roman Catholics, a Mormon and whatever Barack Obama is. (No, not Muslim – I think he’s probably best described as “progressive Protestant.”) Over the past few years we’ve heard a lot about “values voters,” who have, among other things, focused much attention on how we define marriage. Consider this: we have two candidates for President with polygamy in their recent family histories. “Religion” in this election is going to mean something much wider than in the recent past. I doubt there is a candidate amongst them who would feel comfortable giving his “personal testimony” or who is fluent in the Four Spiritual Laws.
I am encouraged instead of discouraged by this. I’ve long been suspicious of politicians making overtly religious statements that have felt like pandering to the born-again vote.