Have We Lost Our Minds?

More than ever before, this election cycle has attempted to pit one group of people against another.  This election seems like the most important one since…well I guess since the last one.  I’ve watched people blogging about this election, and while a lot of it has been wrong or misguided, I’ve never felt compelled to speak out against any of it.  Today, however, was a turning point that probably should have come sooner.  Today I saw a slew of blogs about the way in which a pro-life voter could conceivably vote for Barack Obama with a clean conscience the most obvious of which came from a prominent Christian writer that has supported Barack since the beginning.  My fear is that sincere Christians are attempting to ease their consciences about voting for a Pro-Choice candidate.  My hope is to articulate why Barack Obama is not a choice for serious Pro-Life voters.

The latest batch of lies being pushed over the internet have tried to paint Obama as a pro-life candidate.  Bloggers are arguing the basic thought: 1) Obama is Pro-poor.  2) Poor people make up a majority of the women having abortions.  3) A vote for Obama would raise the economic status of many resulting in a lowering of abortions.  4) A better economy equals lives saved.

But we cannot believe something so incredibly deceitful.  We don’t kill our unborn children because we’re poor.  We kill our unborn children for the same reason we kill adults.  There is a propensity in the human nature towards evil.  Selfishness causes us to make choices that are good for us and bad for others.  Jesus said that the poor would be with us always.  If this is the case, economics has no hope in ending the slaughter of innocent children.  The Obama economic plan to help the poor is admirable, but in the end it will not stop abortion.

The real question is this-How many babies should we stop killing before God as a righteous judge is satisfied?  We kill somewhere between 3,500 to 4,000 a day.  Will God be happy with half of that number?  How about 1/4 of that number?  I don’t know in the heart of God how many is enough, but I know this- we have to work until that number is as close to zero as possible. Until Jesus returns not every single abortion will be stopped.  Even laws revoking Roe v. Wade will not stop back alley abortions.  But we can stop endorsing the slaughter of our children as a right that a certain group of people have.  We can stop pretending that these children are cells and start calling them our inheritance.  We as a church can work to support poor women who find themselves pregnant and help them raise their children to know the Lord.  We can open our homes to children who probably would have been aborted and we can fund adoptions of children whose parents weren’t ready to be parents.

Beloved, the way forward is not economics.  Children have a right to exist whether a parent is poor or not.  We as the church owe it to the 4,000 children aborted today to go out and vote for a candidate who won’t work for the next day’s number to grow.  We must pray, work for more adoptions and easier adoption laws, care for the poor, and yes, we must vote for a candidate who will not condemn our children to death.  If that means we vote for John McCain, so be it.


A list of disclaimers:
1) I’m not an ardent supporter of John McCain.  I think there were a lot better candidates to choose from in the Republican line-up that present the best our country has to offer.  I do respect Senator McCain (like I respect Senator Obama) and no matter who wins the election, I will pray for the President just like I have done for the last eight years.
2) I will be voting for John McCain and Sarah Palin as a vote against Barack Obama, not as an outright support for all of their policies.
3) I also am not a fan of war or greed.  I think war should be a last resort and that greed is evil.  Lost life is lost life and is tragic no matter what.  But I do believe that 4000 babies being aborted daily and the apathy about this genocide is more tragic and sinful than anything we’ve been a part of in Iraq or anywhere else in the world.
4) I would vote Democrat if a Democrat had enough courage to stand up to special interests who favor killing unborn children.

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About traviskolder

Travis Kolder is a follower of Jesus, a husband, a father of five, an organic church planter, and a writer. He lives in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where he serves as part of the Cedar Rapids House Church Network.

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