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What Determines your Vote?

January 21, 2008

According to research done by Barna group, Evangelical voting concerns are quite different than the rest of the American population. In fact, the numbers are disconcerting…

Evangelicals’ top concern – by a wide margin – was abortion (94%). This was followed by the personal debt of Americans (81%), the content of television and movies (79%), homosexual activists (75%), and gay and lesbian lifestyles (75%). Evangelicals were more likely than other adults to be concerned about illegal immigration, but they were less worried about HIV/AIDS than virtually any other segment of the population.

Though Abortion is an incredibly important issue, culture of life issues should extend into other areas such as HIV/AIDS, Poverty, and Global Warming. Apparently, these issues aren’t of great concern to most Evangelicals. Evangelicals would do well to follow some non-Christian voter concerns, which included poverty (78%) and HIV/AIDS (76%).

7 Comments leave one →
  1. January 21, 2008 1:18 pm

    On a related note, I’ve been playing around on the presidential candidate comparison sight, Glass Booth.

    Not only does it provide great insight into how the candidates measure up, it inadvertently causes me to examine exactly why certain issues matter to me. It’s great site.

  2. January 21, 2008 3:57 pm

    what a huge issue. it’s hard not have tunnel vision and try to see the big picture.

  3. January 21, 2008 11:21 pm


    I would actually argue that the group the media refers to as Evangelicals aren’t very comparable to most of the Christians I know. I don’t have an hard data to support my position, but I consistently feel out of step with them – at least how the media represents them.

    Do you know who “they” are exactly?

  4. January 21, 2008 11:33 pm

    BTW, Matt, great link with Glass Booth. It certainly validated my choice.

  5. January 21, 2008 11:35 pm

    Yes, the media often distorts evangelicals, but in the Barna research an “evangelical” includes:

    include saying your faith is very important in their life today; believing they have a personal responsibility to share their religious beliefs about Christ with non-Christians; believing that Satan exists; believing that eternal salvation is possible only through grace, not works; believing that Jesus Christ lived a sinless life on earth; asserting that the Bible is accurate in all that it teaches; and describing God as the all-knowing, all-powerful, perfect deity who created the universe and still rules it today. Being classified as an evangelical is not dependent upon church attendance or the denominational affiliation of the church attended. Respondents were not asked to describe themselves as “evangelical.”

  6. June 1, 2009 8:22 pm

    I was just checking out books for summer reading and came across this old blog. I believe that abortion rivals slavery. Some churches stood up for slavery, others did not. Unfortunately, abortion has become so highly politicized to the point that we nicely call it an “important issue”. We forget we are talking about innocent lives who literally have no voice for themselves. Slavery would still exist if laws had not been created to abolish it. Do we truly believe that an unborn child has the same right for life and protection as a 2 year old child? Yet God sees no difference. I do believe that it is right and biblical to cast a vote on this one issue. I have not heard a biblical explanation by any of my christian friends who voted for a pro abortion candidate. I would earnestly love to hear one.

    Poverty and HIV are other issues close to my heart (that have been reflected in my life for His glory), but the biblical solution as to how the government should support these issues is grey. It is clear how the church is to respond to the poor. But our laws should reflect His coming kingdom. That is my two cents. Man- i sure couldn’t keep up with a lot of his dialogue on your blog. heady stuff. But it is fun to take a peek! I would love for a Christian pastor to lay out a biblical explanation for supporting a pro abortion candidate. If you are game, I am ears!

  7. June 2, 2009 8:12 am

    Hey, great to hear from you. I love your passion for the unrepresented and aborted.

    I don’t have the time or interest in laying out a case for pro-choice, sorry. There are a lot of other resources out there for that kind of thing.

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