I find myself in a quandary about politics. I have strong views about politics, but I am also committed to not letting politics become the focus of the church. Our job is to proclaim the gospel, not to achieve political power. And I try not to make political views a requirement of fellowship in the church.
But I don’t understand how Christians can vote for candidates who support abortion. I just don’t get it. I am hoping that some of you Democrats (or liberal Republicans or whatever) out there will help me understand your political thought-process.
I made a commitment over 30 years ago, after studying Schaeffer and Koop’s series, “Whatever Happened to the Human Race?” I decided that if someone thought that it was okay to kill a baby in its mother’s womb, he or she would not get my vote. For many years in Iowa I left the slot for Congress blank or wasted my vote on a candidate who did not have a ghost of a chance at election. Our congressman, Jim Leach, was a liberal, pro-abortion Republican and I couldn’t, by my conviction, vote for him.
I’m not saying you have to share my conviction, but that is mine. There are many issues of importance, but the pool of candidates I will support is limited to those who oppose the killing of a baby in its mother’s womb.
- Many politicians SAY they are pro-life but do nothing about the subject. There is a lot of pro-life hypocrisy out there.
- There are other issues that matter. Abortion is not the only issue on the ballot. I understand that.
- Someone can be pro-life and still be a disastrous politician. I’m not saying all pro-lifers are good.
Having said that, I would like to ask a question of those left-leaners who lurk around here.
How can you vote for people who support abortion?
I would like to hear a reasoned explanation of the thought-process that goes into voting for someone who supports abortion.
This question has the potential to be incendiary. So, here are the ground rules:
I’m not interested in anyone “piling on”, detailing the horrors of abortion, questioning the salvation of those who vote Democrat, or in any other way excoriating those on the other political side. I will, when I get the chance, delete any of that. If you are antiabortion, good for you. But I am asking for a genuine explanation of the process of thought that allows a Bible-believing Christian to support abortion. If you feel the need for anonymity, I will understand.
I would genuinely like to understand the process of thought here. It is something I don’t understand but I’d like a chance to hear the other side.
- Do you think abortion is not a biblical issue?
- That we have made it a bigger deal than it should be?
- Do you think that it is one issue among many?
Help me understand.
Again, no piling on or derogatory comments. And if this gets out of hand, I will just delete this and pretend I never even asked the question.