Today’s installment of “Blogs I Wish I Wrote” features a post from Randy Bohlender. Randy, better than anyone I read or know of is qualified to speak on behalf of the pro-life movement about what happened to Dr. George Tiller. Randy is an advocate for the unborn, a practitioner of adoption, and a voice for redemption in the fight for the rights of unborn children.
It comes as no surprise then that everything that I and many other pro-lifers were subconsciously chewing on, he has articulated extremely well in his latest posts. The death of Tiller was in no way a victory for our movement, just another opportunity for gross misunderstanding on all sides. Randy’s post takes us beyond just the sad death of this doctor and looks at the struggle that has brought us here. I would encourage you to read his post on the subject here and take a look at some of the follow up thoughts here.
Post #1 of God’s Perspective on the Upcoming Elections
We’ve been transported back in time. The year is 1860. The place…the United States of America. Abraham Lincoln is running for president. He and his Republican Party want to abolish slavery. Those who favor slavery say, “What business is it of yours to tell me what to do with my property? If you are against slavery, no one is telling you that you have to own a slave. It’s my choice! Besides, slavery is good for the economy.” If you could vote in that election, would you vote for Mr. Lincoln or against him?
Now we go forward in time…to the 1930’s. You are in a European country and you have a new leader. This person has great oratory skills and is able to motivate people and get things accomplished. In just a few short years, a decimated economy is re-energized. Crime has been greatly reduced, great order has replaced chaos, and this country, whichwas defeated in a devastating war, is strong again. People can now walk around with their heads held high. There is just one slight problem though. This person is a racist and even talks of annihilating certain groups of people he doesn’t like. But yet, he has done so much good for the country and brought change and given hope. If you were one of the citizens of this country and you didn’t belong to one of the groups he wanted to kill, could you go along with him?
Fast forward. We have been transported to a time future to the present. There have been great economic crises, unpopular wars, famine, and epidemics. Multiple millions have perished. However, someone with great leadership ability has appeared on the scene. This person apparently has all the answers, can make everyone live in peace, and promises to protect and provide for you and your family. There is just one slight caveat, however. In order to buy or to sell anything, you need to get a “tattoo” made on a certain part of your body. Taking this tattoo would identify yourself as being totally loyal to him, and you must give him your total devotion. He even requires your worship. You must reject or suppress any previously held loyalties and beliefs, or at least make them subservient to your devotion to this individual. Your own religious convictions tell you that if you accept this mark, you will go to hell. If you were one of the people who lived in this time, would you give your allegiance to this man? After all, the very survival of you and your loved ones could depend on it. And maybe, your religious convictions could be “tweaked” a bit.
Okay, let’s now backtrack to the early 21st century. We have returned to one of the aforementioned countries, just a different time period. Another holocaust is taking place, not because of race, but because of age and inconvenience. Some estimate that around 50,000,000 have perished thus far. But the minds of many are on the economy, as the country is going through a strong economic shakeup. Unemployment is up and more people are being laid off. House values are down and many people have actually lost their homes. Retirement pensions have been devalued. (And the price of fuel has dropped to levels not seen in years!) Many are worried that their standard of living (which happens to be one of the highest in the world) may decline. There is plenty of finger pointing about who is to blame. Some people just want “change”, any type of change has got to be better than this. And there happens to be a man aspiring to be the next leader, who can give them hope because he says he can bring about that change. There are different ideas as to how this “change” will manifest, but one thing is for certain. He promises to make sure that this holocaust continues, maybe for another generation.
This person has a likable personality and is very good with words. People are even mesmerized and awestruck by his presence. But besides his stance against under-aged persons, there are many serious allegations that have been made against him, including his close associations with those who hate the country and other characters of dubious distinction. But let’s say that 90% of those allegations are unfounded. No, let’s say 100% are unfounded. He says he can fix the ailing economy and get this country back on track. And let’s say, that he actually will fix the economy.
What will you do?
Will you help put him into power?
This is an email I received from a friend who I respect quite a bit. I don’t know who wrote it, but it communicates volumes. I find the first paragraph particularly applicable to where we are. Feel free to email people this piece, refer people back to this site to read it, or post it on your site.
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.