This is the third and final post of this series. The first two posts are:
Point: A practicing Christian can, and sometimes should, vote for a pro-choice candidate.
Counterpoint: A practicing Christian cannot vote for a pro-choice candidate.
Now that I’ve given what I hope to be a fair accounting of this issue, I’ll let you know that I’m firmly in the “counterpoint” camp: a practicing Christian should not vote for a pro-choice candidate. It’s not that I have everything figured out; I don’t. My position on this issue has changed greatly in the last 8 years or so (initially, I was pro-choice, then I was pro-life with no exceptions, while now I recognize an exception for eminent death of mother and child).
I know that this view alienates many of my readers. While I’m willing to listen to other views with the idea that I don’t have it all figured out, and I will not attempt to force you to agree with me, this is something that I feel strongly about. Once I’ve accepted abortion as murder, I don’t know how I can tolerate it nor vote for someone who will tolerate it. Even now the thought of the innocent dying unnecessarily, in many cases because of the simple matter of convenience, it brings queasiness to my stomach and a tear to my eye.
I’ve been accused (not specifically, but generally) of being a one-issue voter. I wrote about this back in February, but I’ll say it again: if this is what it means to be a one-issue voter than I’ll proudly bear the title.
That said, a candidate’s stance on abortion is absolutely not the only thing I care about. It is the first thing I look for, because once I’ve determined that a candidate is pro-choice, that ends the discussion. I will not vote for them. But after I have learned that a candidate is pro-life, I will continue to research and vet him, seeking to determine if he indeed is a candidate I can vote for, or if I should choose someone else or simply abstain from voting for that office (I must admit, I haven’t done this last one yet, but I imagine that the time will come when I will do that).
To answer the charge that Christians should follow the lead of their Savior and be concerned with the poor, I most heartily agree. But I don’t believe that the government is the means to do it. Rather, I’m much more concerned with the church reaching out and caring for the poor.
So yeah, I do tend to vote Republican. It’s not because I think that the Republican party is right (okay it is “right,” but now isn’t really the place for a pun, is it?). The amount that Republicans have increased the government spending and federal control sickens me.
I thank you for your respectful comments and hearing me out on this one. If you are a Christian considering voting for a pro-choice candidate, I urge you to think this issue through. I can’t change your mind, but I can pray that God will lead you to do so.
I’ll leave you with a couple of comments that I feel are particularly helpful:
Vicki wrote in response to the first post (in support of Christians voting pro-choice):
I’m not so sure I agree. You write: “they must realize that God judges morality, not the state.” I disagree with that because God judged Israel and Judah as a whole when their citizens began to fall away from Him. The whole nations were taken into captivity, even though certainly there were a few who still loved and obeyed God. I fully expect God to punish America (and perhaps He already has–I’m not speaking of specific instances here) for the way that we are abandoning Him and His morals.
You also wrote: “We shouldn’t expect or want a government body that regulates morality” I disagree with this as well. I want my government to regulate morality from a Judeo-Christian standpoint. I realize this is slowly slipping away in America, and in the rest of the world. But wouldn’t this be how God would want us to govern? No, we can’t force people to like the morality of the laws, but we do it for the sake of citizens and communities as a whole. If we were to reject government regulation of morality then we would reject punishment for murder or lesser crimes. After all, who is to say that what the criminal did wasn’t moral to them? This begins to slide down the slope of whatever is moral for you is fine and whatever is moral for me is fine. It’s secular humanism. A government will regulate morality…if they choose to allow abortion they are taking a loose stance on it. Just because they’re not taking a stance that abortion is wrong doesn’t mean they aren’t judging its morality. So since a goverment is always going to regulate morality, I want it done on God’s side.
I’m probably rambling a bit. What I’m afraid of is Christians not standing up for what God would see to be completely wrong. Are we rationalizing our vote because a pro-abortion candidate seems to have better ideas about other issues? How does a Christian reconcile that? What is more important: life? the housing crisis? health care?
Blog Stalker wrote in response to the second post (against Christians voting pro-choice):
I could not agree with you more. It is a black and white issue. You are either for it or against it. and as far as jennifers comment goes….as a society….we will always do what is best for a patient! mother or baby……that does not mean if they feel they can’t handle it mentally that they get to abort the child. There are millions of loving couples who would like the chance to adopt….and love a baby.