Nonetheless, I appreciate the reminder that the "moral values" Americans claim to hold so dear go beyond issues of same-sex marriage and abortion. Let's not be single issue voters. "Religious issues" include poverty, the environment, war, the integrity of our elected officials, human rights, our response to terrorism, and a consistent ethic of human life.
Specific to that last idea, I am both challenged and encouraged by Jim Wallis' conviction that "a consistent ethic of human life" encompasses yes, abortion issues, but also capital punishment, euthanasia, weapons of mass destruction, HIV/AIDS, other pandemics (can we get some press for clean water around the world?), and genocide. What would it look like for American voters to embrace a consistent ethic of human life? What would it mean for me personally? What difference can I make anyway? How can I march forward as a Christian and a responsible citizen?