Tuesday's election should be a "wake-up call" to the Republican Party to do more to reach out to non-whites, the Rev. Samuel Rodriguez said in a Wednesday interview with The Christian Post.
"Either [Republicans] press the snooze button on the Latino electorate and continue with an exclusive Southern strategy that is no longer applicable in a 21st century reality, or they have a 'come to Jesus' moment ... where they realize America has changed," said Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference and a senior editorial advisor for The Christian Post.
President Barack Obama won re-election on the strength of non-white voters who turned out to vote for him in large numbers. Obama lost the white vote by 20 percentage points. In any election before 2012, that would have led to a landslide for the Republicans. The demographic shift taking place in the United States, though, with whites comprising a decreasing portion of the electorate, will continue well into future elections. more >>
As Christians, it is our duty to pray for our president and for all those in positions of authority. (see 1 Timothy 2:1-4) As Christians, we obviously are deeply concerned about the sanctity of human life, the institution of marriage between a man and a woman, and the moral necessity of paying off our national debt for the sake of future generations.
With those matters and other moral issues in mind, here is a prayer which many of us can pray regularly in sincerity and in truth.
Almighty God, more >>
The campaign of Rep. Todd Akin, Missouri Republicans' one-time hope to win a seat in the U.S. Senate, came to a disappointing end when Democratic incumbent Sen. Claire McCaskill claimed victory Tuesday night. Republicans now have to evaluate if their decision to abandon Akin after his comments about "legitimate rape" was the right path to take.
With 100 percent of the precincts reporting, McCaskill received 54.7 percent of the vote to Akin's 39.2 percent. Libertarian candidate Jonathan Dine came in third with 6.1 percent of the vote.
As a comparison, Mitt Romney defeated President Barack Obama 53.9 to 44.3 percent in Missouri, showing a drop-off of a staggering 14 percent, or 400,000 votes, between Romney and Akin. more >>
Congress and President Obama have delayed some of the nation's toughest decisions until after the election. With the election now over and Americans choosing the status quo – a Democratic president, Democratic Senate and Republican House – political leaders will need to work together before the nation falls off the fiscal cliff.
A slew of tax cuts are set to expire at the end of the year, including the payroll tax "holiday," income tax cuts and a capital gains tax cut. The child tax credit for parents is slated to be reduced from $1,000 to $500. And, tax increases on companies that make health products will begin next year as part of the Affordable Care Act.
Automatic spending cuts are also supposed to go into effect at the beginning of the year – $55 billion in defense spending and $55 billion in non-defense spending, due to the Budget Control Act of 2011. more >>
The exit polls for Tuesday's election show President Barack Obama doing better with Latinos than he did in 2008, and Mitt Romney doing better with white evangelical Christians than John McCain did in 2008.
Though not enough to win, Romney was better than McCain's 2008 showing in almost every demographic category. Obama was helped by a strong Democratic and Latino turnout.
I know that I'm supposed to say that God is in control and that we should simply pray for our president and put our faith and trust in the sovereignty of God, but I'm not going to.
This seems like I'm backtracking on statements made in my previous column "America Needs a Different Type of Leader," where I said that regardless of who wins this election, we must remember that Jesus is the King on His throne both in Heaven and in our hearts. I'm not backtracking. I believe that with all of my being.
But for those who seek to live according to the Word of God by the power of the Holy Spirit, these astonishing election results should cause us to fall to our knees and grieve for our nation. Colorado has legalized recreational use of marijuana, while Massachusetts, Maryland, and Oregon have approved it for medical usage. Maine, Maryland, and Washington have legalized homosexual marriage. And Massachusetts has also joined Oregon and Washington in allowing euthanasia. It has become clear that in every instance where Biblical values were up for a vote, the American people have chosen to reject them. This election goes so much deeper than just who was elected president for the next four years. This election was a barometer of the soul of America, and America is in critical condition. more >>