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Why Did So Many Self-Described Evangelicals Vote for Obama?

Cal Thomas | Syndicated Columnist | Monday, November 12, 2012

Why Did So Many Self-Described Evangelicals Vote for Obama?

One more comment about last week's election. Why did so many self-described evangelicals vote for President Obama? Writer Joel Rosenberg has looked at the numbers. He says 42 percent of evangelicals voted for the president this year. That was down from 45 percent four years ago. Fifty-seven percent of Protestants voted for Romney last week, up from the 54 percent who voted for John McCain in 2008.

Boiled down, says Rosenberg, about 6 million evangelicals voted for Obama this year. More voted for Romney, but those 6 million were more than enough to give the president a second term.

Too many evangelicals have bought into the Sojourners model of social justice, by which they mean socialism -- the redistribution of other people's money. How could they vote for a man who puts no restrictions on abortion and considers babies a burden? How could they vote for someone who favors same-sex marriage?

This is either biblical illiteracy, or downright disobedience to God's word. Paul was right. In the end, people will believe whatever their itching ears want to hear, and that list includes too many so-called evangelicals. One wonders what they are evangelizing and whether Jesus would be happy with them.

I'm Cal Thomas in Washington.

Publication date: November 12, 2012