This article brings an important point to light for us all. The decisive results in the Presidential race, Senate races and progressive propositions, plus the increase in evangelical vote for President Obama, prove a dramatic shift in direction for many Christians and people of faith.We have seen an increase in concern for values of compassion, equality and justice. This is despite some of the loud voices we all see and hear. The social justice and progressive Christian movement is alive more than it has been in 30+ years in this country, and we have an opportunity to show an attitude of grace, love and humility (even to our “enemies” and the Pharisees) that shows people what Jesus is all about – and that the Bible is about a lot more than one or two issues, which are constantly used as political hot-buttons and taken out of logical – and Biblical – context so often. Let’s not waste our time arguing on the same old rhetoric, this is a NEW day and we have a NEW hope in the strength of our movement and numbers!
(CNN) – For many conservative Christian leaders, it was a nightmare scenario: Barack Obama decisively re-elected. Same-sex marriage adopted by voters in some states. Rigorously anti-abortion candidates defeated in conservative red states.
On multiple levels, Tuesday’s election results seemed to mark a dramatic rejection of the Christian right’s agenda, eight years after the movement helped sweep President George W. Bush into a second term and opened the era of state bans on same-sex marriage.
Obama’s victory also raised questions about the Christian right’s influence in the electorate.
In swing state Ohio, exit polls showed that Obama got 30% support among white evangelicals. While that’s hardly a victory, it’s better than the 27% support Obama got among those voters four years ago.
Before the election, many evangelical leaders predicted that opposition to Obama over his support for abortion rights, his personal endorsement of same-sex marriage and his vision of government as a force for good would trump reservations evangelicals had about Romney’s past social liberalism and his Mormon faith.
“There is no evidence in voting patterns that President Obama’s ‘evolution’ on same-sex marriage cost him anything,” Mohler said in another tweet Tuesday night.
Obama also narrowly won Catholics, even after the U.S. Catholic bishops waged a rigorous campaign against the Obama administration around the issue of religious liberty. The bishops alleged Obama was forcing Catholics to violate their own teachings by making health insurance companies provide free contraception coverage for virtually all employees.