To all those struggling between their faith and their vote:
I recognize the conflict experienced when considering casting your vote for John Kerry when what you hold dear is your intrinsic faith and pro-life beliefs. George Bush has openly discussed his religious beliefs in forums designed to sway your opinion. Christian words ring hollow though without Christian actions to back them up.
As a born again Christian I can tell you there are two elements to the born-again process. There is the moment you decide you are a sinner and accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. That is the easy part. Unfortunately, too many people willingly accept this portion and then return to the ways of the world. The second part defines who you are. That part is to try and walk with Christ; to strive to become more Christ-like over the course of your life.
George Bush says he is born again. He says that he got to a point in his life where he needed to confront the demons that controlled him, such as alcohol, and turned his life over to the Lord. I applaud him for that decision and do not doubt his sincerity. It is what he has done since that point that clearly indicates he has not chosen to live a Christ-like life. The pro-life lobby has embraced him strictly on his word, while turning a blind eye to his deeds. Here are some points of consideration for those who are conflicted with their vote because of their beliefs.