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Finding a way to embrace minorities -- and their concerns -- could be key not only to strengthening political conservatism, but could strengthen the broader Christian community as well -- something that might be especially important during a second Obama term that bodes more challenges for Christian concerns.
President Obama won last week with a voter coalition that was far more racially and religiously diverse than Mitt Romney's -- a phenomenon both predicted in the days before the election and confirmed in the days after. What the Public Religion Research Institute has concluded since, however, has farther-reaching implications: that relying on white Christian voters will never again spell national electoral success -- especially for the GOP.
Christians face the responsibility to vote, not only as citizens, but as Christians who seek to honor and follow Christ in all things. But, beyond the vote, we also bear responsibility to pray for our nation.
When we go to the polls on Tuesday, we must do our best to choose the candidates who will best fulfill biblical commands for leadership: men and women of good character who are committed to preserving order and promoting justice for all.
"When faced with the choice of two evils, my philosophy is to choose neither," wrote Dwight McKissic Sr., a prominent black Southern Baptist pastor. McKissic said he is considering a write-in vote for Jesus Christ instead.