Eric Ames began a discussion recently asking the question, "Do Voters Care About God?" I'd wager that they do, and for many people they do in a non-superficial way. Of course, this intersection of religion and politics is an interesting, and often contentious one which has at times in recent political history dominated the political scene.
Russell Moore, a Southern Baptist preacher, discusses a similar question to Ames' (how should the Christian approach electoral politics?) although he approaches it as a religious figure looking into politics, rather than a political observer observing religion. I'd definitely read through the blog post, if you have time, but here are a few key points:
I would gladly vote for someone to be my president who disagrees with me on whether or not infants can be baptized. I wouldn’t want that same person to be my pastor, because we will have to decide together who and how to baptize. The Kuyperian principle of “sphere sovereignty” is helpful here.
Unfortunately, American evangelicals have too often longed for a secular authority to serve as a spiritual leader, and political professionals have been all too willing to exploit this by teaching candidates to parrot evangelical-sounding phrases and “testimonies.” In such cases, political leaders become totem-like for evangelicals. An attack on a candidate who identifies with “us” is an attack on “us” or, worse, on Jesus. That’s unhealthy, regardless of whether the politician is male or female.
What are y'all's thoughts?