A dear friend and former church member, Dr. Peter Wielhouwer, now Associate Professor of Political Science at Western Michigan University, wrote a timely piece on his blog entitled "Election 2012: a Difficult Choice." >>>
In his brief but incredibly insightful piece, Peter lays out his position on both Barack Obama and Mitt Romney including comparing each candidate's political philosophy and policies to what Peter summarizes as the four main purposes of government according to the Bible. Peter's summary of human government's purpose as revealed in biblical revelation is well worth your time to ponder even if you've already made up your mind as for whom you will cast your vote. And, know Dr. Wielhouwer's blade spares neither candidate. Both bleed. Even so, he calls a winner so far as he is concerned.
Check out his piece to find out whether President Obama or his challenger, Governor Mitt Romney, bled less...
Election 2012: a Difficult Choice by Professor Peter Wielhouwer
Note: Dr. Wielhouwer has a much fuller treatment in an extended piece. You may find the extended piece here (the piece linked above is the abbreviated piece).
Peter Wielhouwer received his B.S. in political science and Spanish from Heidelberg College (Tiffin, OH), and his M.A. and Ph.D. in political science from the University of Georgia in 1994. He specializes in studying campaigns and elections, faith and politics, and racial politics. Between 1995 and 2004 he taught at Spelman College (in Atlanta, GA) and Regent University’s School of Government (Virginia Beach, VA), where he directed the graduate program in campaign management and the nonpartisan Center for Grassroots Politics. From 2004 to 2005 he was speechwriter to the two-star general in charge of coordinating operational experiments for the U.S. military at United States Joint Forces Command.
Dr Wielhouwer is widely published in professional journals (such as the Journal of Politics and theAmerican Journal of Political Science) and scholarly books (including the Oxford Handbook of Religion in American Politics, Oxford U. Press, 2009). He is listed by several news organizations as an expert on Government & Religion, Religion & Society, Elections/Polling, Religion & Public Life, and Citizenship & Civil Society, such as the Heritage Foundation Policy Experts Guide, the Religion Newswriters Association, and the American Academy of Religion (for Peter's complete profile, check out his about page)