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Cool evangelicals and Obama

That Barack Obama supports a woman’s “right” to an abortion is a given. The fact that many evangelical Christians are supporting Obama for President is not surprising. Many evangelicals, particularly young pastors, love being “cool,” and it’s “cool” to support Obama.

The one thing I cannot reconcile is supporting a candidate for the highest political office (or any office, for that matter) in the United States with the recognition that that candidate supports the taking of an unborn baby’s life. Perhaps “cool” evangelicals are tired of being portrayed by the mainstream media as out-of-touch, knuckle-dragging fundamentalists.

I realize that these “cool” evangelicals will argue that abortion is not the only issue that determines a candidate’s viability, and I agree with that. However, no other issue trumps the taking of innocent life. Other issues can be debated and solutions proffered. From a biblical perspective, though, abortion on demand is not debatable.

“Cool” evangelicals announce their opposition to abortion and their hope to be able to steer Obama their way. The word gullible comes to mind. Actually, the words of the apostle Paul to Timothy seem more applicable:

I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom: preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching. For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths (2 Timothy 4:1-4, ESV).

Frankly, “cool” evangelicals are selling out the faith, satisfying the itching ears of popular culture. Seeking popularity, perhaps even in the name of evangelism, these evangelicals seek a place at the table with those who have set their faces against the only true God. While they enjoy the meal, are they bothered by the blood on their hands?