Cultural War?November 3, 2004
Last night I cruised the various Election desks (Fox, CBS, NBC…does ABC still carry news or is it just the Peter Jennings “is-my-tie-straight” hour still?), and stopped off at CBS as they interviewed the Chairman of the Ohio Democratic Party. This was still early in the evening, but it didn’t look good for them. The exit polls had given them a seven point victory, but the reality showed the President was winning.
It was pointed out to Dennis White that Evangelical Christians in Southern Ohio represented 25% of the total vote and they had voted nearly 92% for George Bush. He was asked to comment on this statistic. He lowered his head and sighed. Then he said, “Don’t they realize we are in a cultural war. The Democratic Party cannot and will not abandon the Pro-Choice stance. And they will never vote for us until we do. It looks like we can’t win in Ohio without them. But don’t they realize that there are other valid opinions in this country besides theirs?”
You can understand White’s frustration. But he and all Democrats need to look at recent history. Before 1972 and Roe v. Wade, Evangelical Christians did vote Democrat. Almost 40% of Evangelicals were conservative democrats and made up a very large minority of the party. But the abortion issue polarized their vote. When the Democratic Party made it part of their platform to support a woman’s right to an abortion, they forever sealed away the majority of the Evangelical vote to the Republicans. They can stand on principle and resign themselves to only winning occasionally, or they can wake up and at least go neutral. There are other issues that some voters would love to support them on. But my take, as a pastor, is that most bible-believing Christians will not even consider the Democratic party as long as the official position is to support Abortion.