(A brief review for those following along at home)
There are certainly a lot of people out there telling Christians how they ought to vote…
Christians Are NOT Required to Vote as a Unified Entity
In Texas, a large conglomerate of church leaders in a conservative denomination came…
Christians Should NOT Vote as a Self-Interest Group
Too many Christians are only fighting for what they believe to be in the best interests…
(Now Part 2)
Christians Should NOT Vote Based on Abortion Alone
I guess I should follow that statement quickly by saying that I don’t in any way approve of or support abortion. The federal government has legalized murder, but this is another example of where self-interests groups have overstepped their bounds. There are no federal laws concerning murder, therefore when we try to make the federal law outlawing abortion we also leave room for the counter to make a law legalizing abortion. Hence Roe v. Wade. The debate should never have even been in a federal forum.
The problems which led up to abortion being legal are the real root of the issue. There has been an undeniable moral decline in society: pornography, pre-marital sex, affairs, etc. All of these have created a sort of necessity for abortion within a depraved society to answer the natural outcome of a nation given to the lust of the flesh. This in no ways justifies their actions, but it shows how it is a natural frame of thinking when there is a lack of restraint on the sexual practices of depraved people.
All Christians should be opposed to abortion and should have a thoughtful plan of how to address the problem to see that this horrendous practice is abolished. However, well meaning Christians are going to have a wide range of methods on how to resolve the problem. I once interacted with a blogger who made the outlandish statement that you couldn’t be a mature Christian if you didn’t vote consistently Republican, even if the Republican candidate was pro-choice, because individuals don’t win legislation, parties do. While he may be right about the last statement, he is grievously narrow in his perspective and blatantly heretical to suggest that voting a particular party is a prerequisite or natural delineation for spirituality. There are several different responses. My particular view is two fold: evangelize and inform a culture that has wandered from God’s precepts and eliminate the role of the federal government to restrain the states to legalize abortion.
But there are some other things that Christians need to consider when they are strongly opposed to abortion.
1. Have we been effective at providing loving homes for all the unwanted children in our neighborhood, state, country, and world? If we haven’t shown that we care for the unwanted children that are born (James 1:27), it comes across as hollow when we support the unwanted children who are not born. I know a church in Syracuse, NY that is doing something to make a difference. They are partnering with other churches in the area to attempt to provide stable homes for all of the unwanted children. They consider it possible that the Christian community alone could solve the whole problem of the growing orphan population.
2. Are we going to extend our big brotherly control to go to war with countries like China and India which have the highest rates of abortion in society? How would we have influence over the morality of another country? As a church, maybe we could develop a model that is similar to reflect that we are a nation of priest influencing a nation of non-Christians.
Regardless, abortion is not the only issue for which Christians should be concerned.