In the recent Canadian election we witnessed again the battle of the macro-morals of the Liberals vs. micro-morals of the Conservatives, and once again Christians were co-opted by one side or the other. What do I mean by this? Let me explain.
At a ministerial meeting of evangelical pastors I attended before the election the consensus was clear--we're going to encourage our congregants to vote for the Conservatives because they're the best chance we have of stopping abortion and gay marriage. Other parties were not given a second thought because of their stand on these micro-moral issues. I call them "micro" not because they're unimportant, but because they primarily affect a small number of individuals (parent and child, partner and partner) rather than society as a whole.
At another ministerial meeting soon after the gay-marriage legislation was introduced we were discussing the issue in the presence of a clergy from a liberal denomination. His church takes a strong stand on macro-moral issues such as helping the poor, equal rights, and environmental protection; issues the Liberals champion. They give their ministers the option to perform gay-marriages, and he vigoursly supported this practice on the basis of equal rights.
Unfortionately the focus of evangelicals and liberals on their favorite moral issues has made them blind to Biblical morality. When God says, "You shall not murder," it means both unborn babies and innocent babies in Iraq; His condemnation of exploitation is no less valid than his condemnation of homosexuality. And if we fight to protect the God given institution of family we should be just as willing to fight to protect the environment of this planet He gave us, too.
And finally, we must realize that the allignment of the Christian left and right with the political left and right is simply leading towards the religious persecution prophecied in Revelation 13. Because when the state and the church merge persecution is necessary outcome and part of a system symbolized by ancient Babylon. Therefore I believe that the real issue for Christian voters is freedom of religion, because a coerced decision for Christ is no decision at all.