“…I only care about the moral issues…”
Have you ever heard this line before?
I heard it repeatedly on my radio talk show during the 2008 election cycle. Back then the Obama and McCain presidential candidacies were daily topics of conversation. And no matter what the issue was on any given day, there were those talk show callers who would make comments about Barack Obama’s enthusiasm for abortion and homosexual “civil unions,” or question John McCain’s “pro life” credentials.
In response, I would guide the conversation back to non-abortion and non-marriage related issues. “But what do you think of Barack Obama’s pledge to ‘spread the wealth around?’” I might ask. Or, “is John McCain right in his assertion that the financial crisis is all about ‘greed on Wall Street?’”
And to these questions - questions about economic policy issues - the answer I would hear was frequently the same: “I only care about the moral issues.”
Now, a year into the Obama presidency, I’m hoping that my fellow faith-based Americans are ready to acknowledge that economics is, itself, a “moral issue.” And I hope we’re all ready to start caring about it.
Some will be offended at my insinuation that maybe they don’t care about economics. Others will be perplexed by my use of the term “faith-based American.” Let me explain.
I’m talking here about that large, diverse bunch of us who, generally speaking, believe that the God of the Bible exists; believe in the moral precepts that emanate from the God of the Bible; believe that human beings are “made in the image of God;” and believe that our understanding of God can, and should, inform the ways in which we view the world.
As I’m defining it here, this group consists of, among others, a majority of America’s Evangelical Protestant Christians, a majority of American Mormons, some large of American Catholics, and at least some portion of American orthodox Jews.
Keen observers of politics may look at this definition and quickly conclude that I’m describing the “Christian right.” But I’m purposely avoiding the term “Christian right,” for at least a couple of reasons.
Austin Hill is an Author, Consultant, and Host of "Austin Hill's Big World of Small Business," a syndicated talk show about small business ownership and entrepreneurship. He is Co-Author of the new release "The Virtues Of Capitalism: A Moral Case For Free Markets." , Author of "White House Confidential: The Little Book Of Weird Presidential History," and a frequent guest host for Washington, DC's 105.9 WMAL Talk Radio.