Wednesday, September 24, 2008

The only political post you may ever get from me

Watch out blog readers! I'm getting political today! I don't usually delve into these things as I see them as divisive and just not fun. But as I was folding laundry the Lord laid this on my heart and I just had to type it out.

Imagine you are voting in the 1780s instead of today. Consider 2 candidates. Candidate 1 holds many to most of your same views on the economy/taxes, foreign relations, social issues like welfare, and moral views. Candidate 2 is different on many to most of those same issues.

But, what if Candidate 1 was for slavery and Candidate 2 was an abolitionist? Who would you vote for? Would slavery be an important enough issue to make you a single-issue voter? Would you give up voting for someone who shares most of your views to go with someone who supports the rights of African Americans?

These are some of the things I am considering the process of choosing a candidate for this year’s election. What are the big issues, who supports what and is there an issue that is the deciding factor for me?

Have you seen the movie Amazing Grace? It is the story of William Wilberforce’s quest to end slave trade in England. The movie is about how he continued to fight the good fight, to stand for those he had never met simply because it was the right thing to do. I thought it was interesting to see how the opposition to abolition was portrayed. There were many good points on their side. How would the economy fare if slave trade was abolished? Wouldn’t it be better for a gradual change instead of all at once? And even if England stopped the slave trade, wouldn’t France just step in and take all the profits?

As I was watching I realized what a major shift the politicians and public had to make. It seemed insurmountable at times, even to Wilberforce. What changed everyone’s minds and hearts finally? Overcoming selfishness and facing the facts. The fact that it is not right to treat a human like that. The fact that these people were human beings that God created, not animals or a lower class of humans. That skin color doesn’t determine worth. The facts were laid out for a long time and no one could dispute them, yet still the slave trade continued. That is until one day it was too clear for anyone to turn the other way.

My hope is that one day we will look back on abortion the way we now look back on slavery. My prayer is that we will overcome selfishness and face the facts. The fact that there is life and personhood before conception. It’s obvious with today’s medical technology that babies in the womb are humans and don’t become human simply when they are born. We can know that life begins at conception, because at conception a process begins motion, the fetus keeps growing and growing. You can’t pinpoint a time after conception that signals, ‘okay, now it’s human.’ The sex of the child is determined at conception, how could this fetus be a boy or a girl, but not a human? Even if you could say ‘well, it’s not human until this..’ At 5 weeks the major organs are developing, the heart starts beating and blood is pumping. That’s before most women even notice they’ve missed a period! Not only is the child harmed through abortion, the mother is also in danger of harm physically and emotionally.

I feel strange even pointing these things out, since it’s not obvious to the world. I wonder how the abolitionists felt when they told people of the horrible atrocities on the slave ships and plantations and then were met with nonchalant attitudes.

As we near the current election, I keep hearing about ‘women’s rights’ and how if you aren’t for abortion you are against the equality of women and setting women back 50 years and on and on. “Women’s reproductive rights?” What exactly does that mean? The right to control your own uterus, no matter if another human stands in the way? I think that EACH person has a right to life, liberty and pursuit of happiness and as humans we need to stand up for that to apply to each person, even those who are still in the womb.

I don’t really care for politics. I dislike discussing it with people because I know I’m not fully educated on all the issues. I just don’t have time for that, but even if I did have the time, it wouldn’t make a difference in my vote. Simply said, a law allowing innocent human life to be killed is enough to make me a single-issue voter. I don’t know about all the issues, but I do know who stands for what on this issue. And for me the choice is clear.

1 comment:

Milla said...

Oh wow! I hadn't seen this post, but what a great comparison and so well-written. I couldn't agree more, and I have heard Pastor Parker say the very same thing! Hope you guys are doing well...