Further, the Ground Zero mosque debate has concerned people of all faiths. Many Americans feel it is inappropriate to erect a mosque near the hallowed, blood stained grounds of the former Twin Towers in New York City. One wonders why the president has made up his mind to attempt to be a “savior” for Muslim interests, while disregarding the feelings of the majority of our citizens. It is an emotional and philosophical powder keg. Most of the highly visible democratic leadership has taken a doctrinaire, ideological view of religious freedom and tolerance. They have shown a patent disregard for the suffering and grief of the average American.
Ignoring the growing Jewish dissatisfaction with the president and his leadership will have major consequences. Although Jews are only about 2 percent of the US population, their influence is much greater than their numbers for three reasons. First, they reside largely in major cities. Second, they consistently turn out for elections at a much higher ratio than other ethnic groups. Third, they give massive amounts of money. The fact that Jewish voters give lots of money to both parties is often forgotten. If Jewish voters reduce their political contributions to Democratic candidates in 2012, the loss may leave the Obama re-election machine broken and strapped for cash.
There is one final bad omen for the administration. An American Jewish Committee poll this spring showed that President Obama’s approval rating was 57 percent among Jews, compared to 78 percent in 2008. Should a terrorist attack aimed at Jewish people on domestic land occur, his ratings could plummet, even further - to under 50 percent.
As we transition into a discussion of the growing evangelical Christian resistance to President Obama’s policies, we must remember that this community’s concerns are not simply based on religious bigotry. Many garden variety believers are asking themselves a fundamental question: Who is Barack Obama? Does he share my worldview? They don’t know and they don’t “get him.”
This community’s fears are based on the refusal of the president and his team to give clear answers to common people on basic issues. For example, Christians are united with their Jewish neighbors in aversion to the administration’s approach to both Middle Eastern and domestic security. Further, conservative Christians are also wondering how the President will balance the nuclear interests of North Korea, Pakistan, and India.
Based upon a brilliantly conceived 2008 campaign strategy, ambivalent evangelicals voted for an unknown commodity (Barack Obama) as a way of repudiating an older group of leaders. The heavy lifting in this arena began in 2006 when the winsome Democratic Senator from Illinois spoke at the national meeting of a Christian group called Sojourners. When younger evangelicals ask the question, “What would Jesus do?” They could not imagine Jesus conducting Himself as their political forefathers did for over 40 years. So they voted for Barack Obama.
Unfortunately, they did not get what they prayed for. They expected a new breed of Christian leader. Instead they received a leader who does not regularly attend church - a leader who says that America is not a Christian nation. Also, the president no longer personally makes persuasive cases for the "morality" of his choices. Then to complicate things, several of his religious surrogates have proven to be Judases. For example, revelations that Jim Wallis (President of Sojourners) has received large sums of money from George Soros (the dark angel of the anti-Christian, progressive movement) have caused many young people to return home to their conservative, political ranks.
In conclusion, I must restate the obvious. The president's transition from candidate to “leader of the free world” has surprised most people of faith in the nation. They have begun to question his character and his motives. President Obama's “fall from grace” - if not addressed, will make him a one term president.
In my next article I will address two other groups that will also impact the next election – Hispanics and African Americans. The question is, “Will they step up and vote for Obama or will they just stay home in 2012?”
Bishop Harry Jackson is chairman of the High Impact Leadership Coalition and senior pastor of Hope Christian Church in Beltsville, MD, and co-authored, Personal Faith, Public Policy [FrontLine; March 2008] with Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council.