Given that I am a Christ-follower, some of my friends have questioned why I've chosen to support Barack Obama, particularly when Democratic values have not traditionally reflected the Biblical principles to which I hold.
I guess my answer is this: human beings are broken and fallible. Though they espouse a particular worldview or belief set, their own nature can often betray their ability to properly reflect these principles in action. In these last few months, as both parties campaigned for the presidency and laid out their plans and policies for the U.S., I believe that the true nature of all of the candidates came to the fore.
The Republican ticket failed to "walk the talk" of the teachings of Scripture. Their policies reflected a strong pro-life sentiment for the unborn (the proposed overturn of Roe v. Wade) but a seemingly complete disregard for life for those who have already been born (e.g. their pro-war sentiments, McCain's tacit approval of Bush and Cheney's Abu Ghraib torture, tax break that favour a wealthy minority and allow middle and lower class citizens to continue to suffer). Their position on "straight talk" and honesty was marred, perhaps even nullified, by their unwillingness to be transparent in their campaign (e.g. the withheld the medical records and vetting procedures for Sarah Palin) and their eagerness to attack the character of their fellow brother in Christ using mistruths and misleading insinuations (e.g. ACORN, Rev. Wright, socialist accusations, implications of terrorist associations). They based their campaign on a platform of fear and judgment and elective ignorance of facts and truth. Not unlike the "Christian" Bush administration, this ticket conducted themselves in a way that did not show me any spiritual fruit indicative of those who truly know and follow Christ.
I guess the main reason why I support Obama is that throughout these last weeks of his presidential campaign, he walked with integrity and he spoke with intelligence. He honored life and a spirit of reconciliation with his policies of negotiating with his enemies and ending unjust wars. His heart for all people from every walk of life has been revealed throughout his life, both by his community organizing efforts and by his desire to help working and middle class people through such actions as the reduction of their taxes. Obama has shown how much he values family, and has extolled the importance of proper education beginning in the home, and with parents who bear a huge responsibility for their children. His plans reflect a desire to feed the hungry and help heal the sick (e.g. health care reform strategies), mandates left to all believers by Christ Himself. Obama has also refused to slander others, even when they attacked him on a personal level; he has turned the other cheek and chosen forgiveness over retaliation. He based his campagin on facts, on mercy, and on policy, and his victory demonstrates how powerfully his actions, and not his "Christian" label, have spoken to America's people.
The Scriptures teach that Christ-followers will be known by their love, and that those who bear spiritual fruit show themselves to be Christ's disciples. In Obama I have seen fruit. In McCain and Palin, I have not. Regardless of what the traditional Democratic belief set is, I have every confidence that President-Elect Barack Obama will live out the values that I hold dear, and bring them to the White House and into policy throughout the next four years.
** P.S. I also believe in a separation of Church and State...but don't get me started on that ;)