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By Mark Tooley
Many traditional Christians have responded with alarm over the President’s reelection despite his stances on abortion, same-sex marriage, and religious liberty. Some discern that the modern electorate has perhaps irretrievably divorced itself from America’s spiritual heritage.
“For the first time in our history, in the election of President Barack Obama, we have a President who has publicly disagreed with a huge portion of the Christian population on abortion and same sex marriage,” observed United Methodist evangelical leader and former Asbury Theological Seminary President Maxie Dunnam. “While in the past he has not made his position explicitly known, he did so in this campaign, which contributed to his reelection.” He suggested: “Christendom is collapsing, if it has not already done so.” This collapse may be a “blessing,” Dunnam said, as the church learns how to serve on the “margins.”
Somewhat similarly, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary President Albert Mohler rued: “Evangelical Christians must see the 2012 election as a catastrophe for crucial moral concerns,” having reelected a “radically pro-abortion President to the White House, soon after he had endorsed same-sex marriage.” Mohler also cited the passage of initiatives in four states permitting same-sex marriage. “Clearly, we face a new moral landscape in America,” he said, confronting a “worldview challenge that is far greater than any political challenge, as we must learn how to winsomely convince Americans to share our moral convictions about marriage, sex, the sanctity of life, and a range of moral issues.”
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