Thursday, November 6, 2008

I'm Trying to Quit

As I mentioned before, I had avoided politics in my blog. It's one of those things that I get tired of hearing other people go on about, and I really don't want to use my blog to air all of my political opinions. I understand that most people really don't care how I feel about the issues.

However, something has been on my mind that I'm struggling to understand. And to avoid it eating me up inside, I decided I'd just go ahead and post it since this is the only semi-public forum I have (besides my classroom which is way off limits for politics). I promise I'll try to leave politics at this as far as my blog is concerned so I don't drive away all 4 of my readers :)

So... here's what's bothering me:

Lots of people have various different reasons for why it is best to vote one way or another. Clearly. It is some of those explanations that I am struggling to make sense of. It bothers me most because it comes from a community that I associate myself with - Christians.

I am struggling very sincerely and very deeply to understand how a Christian person can vote for an extremely liberal candidate. I know it happens. And I've even heard the reasons, but my biggest struggle there is the issue of abortion. Obviously I'm going to lay it all out for you here. I am 100% without exception pro-life. I can not think of a more vicious, heinous or heartless crime than the murder of an innocent baby, under any circumstance. That's my opinion on that matter.

With that said, I have heard Christians explain that we (Christians) should vote for a liberal candidate who will do more for the less-fortunate in our country. After all, the Bible tells us that we will be blessed for caring for the poor and needy. Those who have enough should share and do so willingly. That is God's work and His will. I agree. We should. In my humble opinion, this is where charity comes in. I can gladly and willingly donate my time, money, clothing, shoes, food, etc. to charities everywhere who will pass along those things to people who are in need of them.

But, while we're looking out for the less fortunate, can you think of anyone less fortunate than an innocent baby who may be born to a mother who can't care for him or her, or who doesn't even want him or her? Let's be honest, many poor and homeless have made bad decisions that have led them to their current situation. They had a chance to do something different and made a bad choice along the way. Do they deserve eternal punishment? No. But the innocent baby - what does he or she deserve? Did he or she make a bad choice? Does he or she deserve scissors jammed into their skull? Our president-elect would not even vote to save the life of a viable baby who had survived such an atrocity. What kind of person does that take? One made of ice? Clearly, one who cares so deeply about those in need. Criminals and addicts deserve our hard-earned money, but an innocent baby who survived attempted murder by its mother deserves nothing? I can't wrap my brain around that.

I can't understand why the voters who feel so strongly about giving money to people who are likely to abuse it on the basis of doing what God wants us to do, give no regard to a poor innocent child. I can't understand how one person can claim that giving to poor people is a Christian act, and then turn around and vote to viciously murder God's most precious gift, His greatest miracle. They speak with a forked tongue, and I pray that God will have mercy on their souls for what they have done with His blessings. God said we should take care of the less fortunate. Where does He say, "My precious children are better off dead if you decide you don't want them"?

The two things do not add up. You can't claim the need to give to the poor because it's Christian like, and then say it's ok to murder God's children because you can't or don't want to take care of them. The Bible is not a buffet. We can't take from it what we want to buy into and just ignore the rest as it suits us. As Christians, we need to BOTH stand up for the poor and needy who do not have the means to get by in this life AND stand up for the defenseless innocent babies who have no voice and no ability to speak up for themselves.

So please, before you use the Bible to criticize my vote for lower taxes, make sure you have read it entirely...

"I knew you before I formed you in your mother's womb. Before you were born I set you apart and appointed you as my spokesman to the world." -Jeremiah 1:4-5

"You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother's womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous - and how well I know it. You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb. You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed. How precious are your thoughts about me, O God!" -Psalm 139

One last thought.... Consider how these people, or this family feel about mothers murdering their own children. It may make you think twice.

At this point we've got what we've got, it's time to make the best of it. I will try my best to leave it at this. I'm sure you can understand how deep feelings and convictions might make that tough.

Alright, back to lesson planning :)


  1. I agree 5000%! I can't even blog on the topic of abortion, lest I get extremely emotional and end up freaking out on the general public. You said it much better than I could have! Thank You!

  2. profound and wonderful... i put a link to it on my blog :)

  3. I respond not to jump on you at all but to explain my position, because I have the sneaking suspicion that this post was at least a little directed toward me (not that I felt attacked, just that you were expressing that you have a hard time understanding a position that I clearly hold). Abortion is one of the only issues that I feel very clearly conservative on, and I certainly agree with most everything you said in your post about it. It's one of the most heinous acts one can imagine, and the Bible is certainly clear on it - there's no question there. The problem I have is that while it is an important issue for me, I truly believe that the current law has no hope of changing any time soon. In eight years, President Bush didn't get Roe v. Wade reversed, and in today's world it simply isn't going to be a priority for a very long time. I also believe strongly that Obama will not be a litmus-tester when it comes to appointing Supreme Court judges, and they are the ones that matter on this issue. I don't think it's ok to stock the Supreme Court with conservative justices to get Roe v. Wade overturned either, regardless of my beliefs about it, because this country isn't about that kind of one-sided, non-representative legislation. I truly and honestly don't believe that electing McCain would have changed abortion law in this country, and electing Obama certainly won't change it either, he just isn't going to do anything to try to change it. I wish that we could protect the innocent unborn, but it is an issue that I truly believe is going to remain mostly untouched by our government for a long time to come, and there are extremely urgent issues that this country has staring it in the face that I cannot vote conservative on. It's not that I believe that it's ok to pick and choose what we like and don't like from the Bible - I know that abortion is wrong - but I don't believe that my vote was a vote against changing abortion law, because I don't believe it would have been changed under McCain either. I truly don't. We've been living under the most conservative administration this country has seen in a long time for eight years and abortion is still legal. I couldn't vote for McCain on the basis of my abortion beliefs and abandon everything else I believe this country needs that I DON'T agree with McCain on when I don't believe anything will change either way on abortion, and there's true opportunity for change in so many other areas. I just wanted to clarify that I am not pro-abortion by any means, nor do I pick and choose what works for me from the Bible. For me, a vote for McCain would have gone against some of my Christian values, too. It just isn't so cut and dry. All that said, I hope you know that I just wanted to clarify, not to pounce or anything. I care too much about what you think of me - I would hate to think that you were questioning my stance on abortion or on the Bible. And maybe you weren't thinking of me at all when you wrote that, but I understand where you're coming from if you were and that's why I wanted to respond. I love you :)


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