Six million born again Christians voted for Obama. In essence they carried the election. You know that I believe that no one who reads and understands the Bible could have pulled the lever for a platform so clearly against scriptural marriage, religious freedom, and Israel. So you can imagine how that statistic hit me.
Mario, why are you still talking about Obama? He won the election, I get it but there is some explosive unfinished business. First of all, there was pandemic voter fraud; so much so that a petition is coming to Congress to recount the votes. However, that is not nearly my biggest concern.
My concern is if there was a great shift in America and we did not know it. But the greatest concern is if it is true that 6 million born-again Christians voted for Obama because that is a massive earthquake in the Church. That astonishing shift is what this blog is about.
Now let me get something off my chest. Two things that I have discovered: First of all, people do not like it when I criticize Obama. Second of all, those on the left are particularly adept at vile language and violent threats. If you are one of those that come on our site and spew your hate, F-bombs, adolescent bathroom references, you should know that you are merely making our case. I believe that Obama is the great divider, and these putrid posts help make the argument that he has divided us by race, gender, family, and doctrine.
Don’t bother posting hateful, nonsensical comments, they will be instantly deleted. On the other hand no thoughtful comment will be blocked. For example, one thoughtful post by a Christian who voted for Obama has made me want to dialogue and understand.
Now back to the point of this blog. Why did 6 million Christians vote for Obama? There is plenty of blame to go around. I believe that the Republican Party ignored the fundamental changes in America and especially they lost sight of the concerns of women, including Christian women.
Then there was the Mormonism. I believe that Romney is an honorable man. I would love to see him touched by Christ to see the error of Mormonism, but I still believe that he would have been a great Chief Executive. However, many Christians could not get past his Mormonism. How that alarmed them more than the extremes of Obama is curious.
Finally, there is the real issue: Christians do not know the Bible. Christians have sat under pastors that do not teach Bible doctrine or call for commitment. Many of the posts I have read showed remarkable illiteracy about what the Bible says. They make remarks that remind me of Jay Leno’s man on the street interviews. Where they could not find Montana on a map, or name the vice president of the United States.
I believe that Obama is the crowning achievement of a celebrity cult nation, a nation that prizes style over substance. That same system is why celebrity pastors mishandle truth. Ask yourself, shouldn’t it bother you that your pastor sounds like he is quoting fortune cookies in the pulpit?
The great Bible dumb down has filled buildings but it has emptied our souls. Now we have a Christian constituency that can’t see anything wrong with secular situation ethics. Take for example, one of the most famous young female country singers in America. “I am a Christian but I believe in gay marriage because my pastor said we should not judge.”
With this sloppy agape on their mind, they went into vote blissfully unaware of the glaring contradiction of their faith. All they knew is that they were being cool and nice to people.
My source for the 6 million is Joel C. Rosenberg. Here is a more complete breakdown. * President Obama received some 6.6 million fewer votes in 2012 than he did in 2008 (60,217,329 in 2012 votes compared to 66,882,230 votes in 2008).
* One would think that such a dynamic would have helped Romney win — clearly it did not.
* Incredibly, Governor Romney received nearly 1 million fewer votes in 2012 than Sen. John McCain received in 2008. (In 2008, McCain won 58,343,671 votes. In 2012, Romney won only 57,486,044 votes.)
Why? How was it possible for Romney to do worse than McCain? It will take some time to sift through all of the data. But here is some of what we know from the 2012 election day exit polls:
The President received a whopping 71% of the Hispanic vote (which was 10% of the total votes cast), compared to only 27% for Romney (McCain got 31% of the Hispanic vote in 2008). Obama also won 56% of the moderate vote, which was interesting given that Romney (who got 41%) was widely perceived by the GOP base as being a “Massachusetts moderate.” The President lost married women (getting only 46% of their vote to Romney’s 53%). But won decisively among unmarried women (67% to Romney’s 31%).
That said, what I’m looking at most closely is the Christian vote, and here is where I see trouble:
42% of the Protestant Christian vote went for Obama in 2012. This was down from 45% in 2008.
57% of the Protestant Christian vote went for Romney in 2012. This was up from 54% that McCain won in 2008.
When you zoom in a bit, you find that 21% of self-identified, white, born-again, evangelical Christians voted for President Obama in 2012.
You’d think this decrease in evangelical votes for Obama would have helped win the race for Romney, but it didn’t.
78% of evangelical Christians voted for Romney in 2012. Yes, this was up from the 74% that McCain received in 2008, but it wasn’t nearly enough.
To put it more precisely, about 5 million fewer evangelicals voted for Obama in 2012 than in 2008. Meanwhile, some 4.7 million more evangelicals voted for Romney than voted for McCain. Yet Romney still couldn’t win.
Meanwhile, 50% of the Catholic vote went for Obama in 2012. This was down from the 54% that Obama won in 2008.
48% of the Catholic vote went for Romney in 2012. This was up from the 45% that McCain won in 2008. Yet it still wasn’t enough.
Now consider this additional data:
In 2008, white, born-again, evangelical Christians represented 26% of the total vote for president, according to the exit polls.
In 2012, white, born-again, evangelical Christians represented 26% of the total vote for president, according to the exit polls.
In other words, we saw no change at all in the size of the evangelical vote, –no net gain, certainly no surge, no record evangelical turnout, despite expectations of this.
Of the 117 million people who voted on Tuesday, therefore, about 30 million (26%) were evangelicals. Of this, 21% — or about 6.4 million evangelicals — voted for Obama.
By comparison, of the 125 million people who voted in 2008, 32.5 million (26%) were evangelicals. At the time, Obama won 24% of evangelicals, or about 7.8 million people.
What’s more, in 2008, 27% of the total vote for president was Catholic, according to the exit polls.
In 2012, only 25% of the total vote for president was Catholic.
Remarkably, this means that Romney got a higher percentage of the Catholic vote than McCain, but millions of fewer Catholics actually voted in 2012, despite having Rep. Paul Ryan, a practicing Catholic, on the ticket.