While separation of church and state is a fundamental tenet of our democracy, it is not so easy to divorce our faith from our political engagement, nor should we. For people of faith, the 2012 election presents us with a fundamental choice about the type of nation we want to be.
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I grew up in a small town in rural West Virginia where I attended private Christian school from 1st grade through college graduation. Before I ever knocked on a door for a political candidate, as a child I had been canvassing neighborhoods handing out Gospel tracts. I've led worship at my church, taught Sunday school, led young adult Bible studies and gone on overseas evangelism trips.
For some people it might seem counterintuitive that I would end up as president of a progressive political organization like the Young Democrats of America. But the truth is that I support President Obama and Democratic policies because of my faith, not in spite of it.
Scripture teaches us that, "Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me" (Matthew 25:40). When viewed through the lens of Christ's own words, the contrast between the two candidates for president this year could not be clearer.
Source: The Christian Post
Rod Snyder is from Shenandoah Junction, W.Va. He serves as president of the Young Democrats of America.