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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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3 Responses to Post-Election Duties for Christians and Americans

  1. dover1952 says:

    “Stark moral conflicts in America are not new. Certainly the Civil Rights struggle, lasting a century, was a battle to codify Christian moral teachings about human equality that were never before enacted or at least enforced in law. The eighty-year battle over slavery was even more apocalyptic, culminating in civil war and 600,000 dead. Even strewn across those decades were dozens if not hundreds of other intense cultural conflicts that often or at least seemed, to align the angels against forces of darkness.”

    Oh please!!! Give me a break. You people here doggone well know that you would have been followers of Jefferson Davis in 1861 and holding the police dogs in Selma.

    “Conservatives are people who worship at the graves of dead radicals. Stop to think about that. The people who started this country, George Washington, Jefferson, Hamilton, these were not conservatives; these were the radicals of the time. In fact, conservatives always look back on people who they despised and make them into heroes. If you were to listen to the religious right today, they would make you believe that Martin Luther King was one of their flock. In reality, they hated him and did everything they could to destroy him.”

    Tony Campolo said it second best:

    “Conservatives are people who worship at the graves of dead radicals. Stop to think about that. The people who started this country, George Washington, Jefferson, Hamilton, these were not conservatives; these were the radicals of the time. In fact, conservatives always look back on people who they despised and make them into heroes. If you were to listen to the religious right today, they would make you believe that Martin Luther King was one of their flock. In reality, they hated him and did everything they could to destroy him.”

    But Jesus said it best about all of you here:

    Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity. Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because ye build the tombs of the prophets, and garnish the sepulchres of the righteous,
    And say, If we had been in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets. Wherefore ye be witnesses unto yourselves, that ye are the children of them which killed the prophets. Fill ye up then the measure of your fathers. Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?

    And then your fathers delivered him to Pilate…

  2. J P Logan says:

    Campolo isn’t one of us, hasn’t been for many years. Did you think we’d go into some kind of White Guilt Apoplexy at seeing his name on the page?

    If your goal is to deepen the convictions of conservatives, you are doing a splendid job. Calling us a “generation of vipers” because we don’t vote for Democrats might work on some soft-headed college freshman, but adults find it comical. The more nonsense we read from liberals, the happier we are to be conservatives. With every word you type you further the cause of the people you despise.

    • Donnie says:

      Amen!

      Any time somebody mentions Campolo (in a positive manner) I pretty much space out anything afterwards. Especially when it’s somebody chastising conservative Christians for being too “political.” You can’t criticize us for that then quote Campolo or Wallis or Winkler.

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