Here's why I ask - it's been rumored that Obama is a closet Muslim. It's also been debunked but the false rumors persist. As a result, there has been significant interest in his "spiritual journey".
McCain, typically private about such matters, has referred to his Christian faith in speeches and on the campaign trail. Sarah Palin has excited the conservative evangelical wing of the Republican party, in no small part because she unashamedly a professing Christian, upholding Christian values.
It seems to be a political tradition for Presidential candidates to tout their "street cred" as Christians. I don't necessarily blame the candidates - they are playing the sandbox we've all created for them. I have to admit, in some ways it makes me sad when the name of Christ is leveraged as a political tool rather than compelling worship.
So it made me wonder - does it really matter if the next President is a professing Christian? If so, why? Does it matter if the next President ends up being Muslim or Mormon? Also, if an authentic Christian faith becomes a litmus test, how can any of us be an adequate judge of such matters? I have enough trouble discerning my own heart, how can I be equipped to test the heart of another?
I'm not saying that ethics and morality are unimportant. On the contrary, I think they are highly important but looking for the Christian label before we vote doesn't seem to be wise or biblically sound. Using our best judgment, we ought to vote the best person for the job, taking into account - qualification, experience, character and ethics. And, we ought to pray for wisdom.
What do you think?