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, and social issues. Candidate 2 has differing views on many to most of those same issues.
But, what if Candidate 1 was okay with slavery and Candidate 2 was an abolitionist? Who would you vote for? Would their position on slavery be enough 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 all human beings, no matter their skin color?
But perhaps the pro-slavery candidate was not really "PRO" slavery as
much as he was wanting individual people and states to make their own choices about
it. He was okay with people owning slaves and he was okay if others
decided that owning slaves wasn't for them, but he wanted to protect the rights of those who owned slaves. How about if he pointed out the positives of slavery and that we needed to consider how abolition would
affect plantation owners. Or maybe he said that even if we stopped having slaves, what would prevent other countries from having them?
You know, in that time some people believed that Africans were not really fully human, more like animals, to be owned and traded as property. What changed the people’s minds and hearts and finally stopped slavery? I believe it was people facing the facts and good triumphing over evil. People had to come to grips with the fact that these slaves were human beings that God created, not animals or a lower class of humans. But the facts were laid out for a long time and no one could dispute them, yet still slavery continued. That is, until one day when someone in a high position took a stand and said it won't be tolerated anymore. Good had to triumph so that everyone had to acknowledge that skin color doesn’t determine worth.
My hope is that one day we will look back on abortion the way we now look back on slavery. My prayer is that good will triumph over evil and we will face the facts. It's a fact that there is life at the time of 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, or even 'at the point of viability'. We can know that life begins at conception, because at conception a process is set in motion, the fetus keeps growing and growing. You can’t pinpoint a time after conception that signals, ‘okay, now it’s human/person.’ The sex of a child is determined at conception, how could this fetus be a boy or a girl, but not a human/person?
In 2010 I miscarried at 9 weeks along. We had just seen the sweet little heart beating on ultrasound a week or two before she/he died. No one could tell I was pregnant but when you see the little life before you on the screen, you can't deny that is a small growing person, one who needs protecting. Was my child more of a human because we'd wanted him/her? With all the medical
advances in technology and how we can see into the womb the fact that
there is life before birth has been laid out for a long time, yet still
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 we need to consider these bigger issues. EACH person has a right to life, liberty and pursuit of happiness we need to stand up and face the facts so that can apply to each person, even those who are still in the womb. I have hope and in my head I see a vision that one day our country will
protect the life of the unborn, just as our country stood up and
declared that slavery would not be legal. I feel like Christians have lost that hope and have just forgotten about this issue. And I think we, as a country need to do
more to protect the life of the unborn. There are lots of ways to do
that and voting pro-life is just one of them.
If you were looking back on time and could see Christians voting for
someone who supported slavery what would you think of them? Perhaps
these Christians knew slavery was wrong and hoped that one day there
would be a change, but as they decided who to vote for, they may have
felt that the economy was a more important issue, or the state of
foreign relations. How will you look back on who you voted for in this election? Is protecting the life of the unborn important enough to make you a one issue voter?
The Supreme Court is the place where abortion was deemed acceptable. Only one person has the power to appoint justices to the court. Obama has already appointed one Supreme Court Justice in his first 4 years in office, will we give him the chance to appoint more justices who want to protect the right to kill innocent children?
And so what if the president doesn't get to nominate any judges. So what if the Supreme Court doesn't take another look at Roe v. Wade during the next four years, or the next 40 years. So what. How could I tell my grandchildren that I voted for someone that was for protecting people's 'right' to kill innocent babies. I would hope that in the 1780s I wouldn't have voted for someone who supported slavery, just like today I won't vote for someone who supports abortion, it's a foundational disagreement and I can't look past it.
I don’t care for politics and I dislike discussing it with friends because there are a lot of people smarter than me who will explain why
healthcare is a bigger issue, or the economy is a bigger issue, or our
relations with other countries, etc. But I don't think that Christians should
tolerate a president who is not going to protect the life of innocent children and will instead stand
up to protect the people who kill them. It nauseates me.
I know there are a lot of issues that people consider as they are making their choice on who to vote for and Christians have differing convictions. My Democratic Christian friends (yes! there are such people!) who have prayed through their voting have done their job as good citizens. But I cannot disagree more. 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.