I received so many comments on yesterday’s facebook status:

“Ryan is thinking that he’s taking too much heat from conservatives for thinking that Barack Obama is pretty impressive”

that it inspired me to write a post about it. I’m curious to know why so many evangelicals are still so caught up on the issue of abortion?

Now, I realize it is an important issue, but why can’t I, as a Christian, be impressed with someone who may not agree with me on the issue of abortion? Or lots of other issues for that matter. Why is abortion the issue for so many evangelicals?

Here’s my point – Abortion has been around since Roe v. Wade in 1973. There have been 7 presidents during these past 35 years only 2 of which were democrats. That means we’ve had 5 republican presidents (including Nixon who was in office when Roe v. Wade was happening) and none of them have done jack squat about abortion.

Here’s the point – abortion is here to stay. It’s not an issue that the president has much to do with. Sure you might sleep better at night with a president who agrees with you on this issue, but the fact of the matter is that a president is not going to change the stance on abortion in this country. I personally will sleep better having a president who is passionate about the issues that are affecting the majority of Americans.

I’m not sold on Obama yet. I have no idea if I’m going to vote for the guy. All I know is that he gave a hell of a speech the other night and I’m willing to keep listening to what he has to say.