Top Evangelical Weighs Candidates

Obama 'has given faith more thought and reflection,' Cizik writes
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 15, 2008 4:45 PM CDT
Richard Cizik, of the National Association of Evangelicals, says Barack Obama is indirect on some matters of faith, where John McCain "opts for clarity of moral opposites."   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – The presidential race is a contest between different sets of philosophy, writes Richard Cizik, president of the National Association of Evangelicals. In an NAE newsletter, Cizik says Barack Obama is “a thinker who sees the grays in ethical choices” while McCain opts for the “clarity of moral opposites”—and that Obama “has given faith more thought and reflection” than McCain.

The candidates both promise change, Cizik writes in a Boston Globe excerpt, but of different types: Obama promises widespread policy changes—from Republican to Democratic—while McCain proposes a systemic change, by “promising to shake up Washington.” In any case, Cizik urges evangelicals to follow “biblical truth,” rather than political ideology in the guise of religion, in deciding whom to vote for.