The date was Nov. 4, 2008. This was the day the American public elected Barack Obama to be their president following eight years of a Republican White House administration. I was 14 at the time and an enthusiastic Obama supporter. I was extremely vocal about my support and lost a lot of “Christian” friends because of my political views. One Christian even went as far as to say that I would go to hell for supporting Obama. As a Christian, this troubled me. We are called to be the light of the world, therefore we must stop focusing on small issues such as politics that have no significance in our long term relationship with God. Unfortunately, the people in my life at the time were unable to pick up this principle. Their constant pressure to switch beliefs didn’t make me rethink my support in any way. As a matter of fact, I wanted to prove them all wrong, so I simply campaigned harder. I will never forget that November night and the excitement that I felt about the future of our country and the places that I believed Obama would take us as a nation. As the news of the election broke, I received messages from people saying: “Thanks for helping screw over America,” “Your anti-Christ friend won,” and other hurtful comments. For some reason this hatred made me even more satisfied with his victory, because I felt that I had to prove something to them. After Obama’s inauguration, though, it quickly became evident that his policies weren’t working. As I observed our government and Obama’s methods, I noticed he was unwilling to make bipartisan compromise on many of the issues and he essentially divided America. As I analyzed the economy, I noted that the jobless claims weren’t improving as Obama had promised. This is when I started to think, “Maybe the liberal agenda isn’t best for America.” Given that I wanted to decide for myself, I began to have discussions with people on both sides of the spectrum and hear what they had to say. As I began talking to them, I realized that for our government’s current state, a conservative agenda would be the most beneficial.
Saturday, December 1, 2012
Conservative Christian who swayed to Obama's side, switches back to Republican
Obama's unwillingness to compromise and his failure at bi-partisanship led him to decision Biola University Times, by Austin May, Opposing viewpoints: making the switch from Democrat to Republican: