By Sharon Summer, EEW Contributing Writer
Presumptive republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney took his message to the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Wednesday. In Obama’s absence, Romney delivered a speech that, at points, earned him boos and jeers. But at least Pastor Donnie McClurkin gives Romney an E for effort.
During his speech, Obama’s opponent promised to focus on job creation by getting rid of things he believes hinder that process. "I am going to eliminate every non-essential expensive program I can find. That includes Obamacare," said the polished politician who has been gaining ground with American voters. But that pronouncement didn’t go over well with the NAACP audience and Romney was forced to smile through an extended chorus of boos.
“I’ve got to admit. Mitt Romney is a brave man! I have to applaud his chutzpah! [He’s] at the NAACP and telling them he’s going to abolish OBAMACARE,” tweeted McClurkin, noting that it took real gumption to address the democratic, overwhelmingly pro-Obama group.
"I believe that if you understood who I truly am in my heart, and if it were possible to fully communicate what I believe is in the real, enduring best interest of African-American families, you would vote for me for president," Romney said.
Though he might not have gained any new supporters among those who have already chosen to cast their vote to reelect Obama come fall, there are plenty undecided conservative voters.
A growing number of evangelical Christians are struggling to reconcile President Obama’s support for same-sex marriage and abortion rights with their faith values. At the same time, many Christian values voters are not sure if they should back a Mormon, though Romney falls on the “right side” of the debate when it comes to opposing gay marriage and abortion. He once supported the latter, but no longer does.
So then, what is the right answer?
Pastor Donnie McClurkin, the award-winning artist and BET’s Sunday Best judge, recommends making one’s political choice a personal decision rooted in individual beliefs and values. The pastor warns against Believers imposing any specific requirements upon others whose voting views may differ from their own.
“Do not judge people’s Christianity based on their political choice. Anointed people vote their conscience,” he tweeted. “Do not use religion to bully people because of their choices! Let your choice be yours other and others’ be theirs. If their choice offends you, pray about it!”
McClurkin's political advice comes at a time when the politically charged climate of America has given birth to many polarizing views, which have alienated us from each other, and divided our country. We cannot allow these divisive issues to disrupt our unity as Believers despite our differences.
What are your thoughts about the election? Do you get personally offended when others’ political views differ from your own?