Saturday, June 21, 2008

I respond!

Okay, sorry it took so long for me to get this post written.
I don't agree with Barrack Obama's position on abortion. I've said it before, and I'll say it to anyone, Democrat or Republican. The killing of unborn babies is a huge issue for me. But lately, I've grown increasingly frustrated with the Republican Party's positions on probably most of the other issues. John Piper pretty much sums up how I felt. He said something like, The Republican party campaigns to save the babies, but ignores the suffering of America's lowest class. In the same way, The Democratic party campaigns to bring justice and love to the impoverished, but ignores the murder of thousands of innocents. Piper stated that "One party says keep your hands off of my body, the other says keep your hands off my pocketbook." So which is the greater evil?
At the beginning of the 2008 Presidential Campaign, I decided I was tired of sitting on the fence and had to make a choice of which party I wanted to support. I wanted to work for a campaign. I began to examine the candidates' views on the different issues and asked the Lord who he would want me to side with. And the more I read, the more I realized I could not side with John McCain. A huge problem was his voting record on abortion. Please look this up. As a Senator, he prided himself on being a maverick and bucking traditional positions on certain issues. His record shows that he tended to vote pro-life, but on bills that involved government spending he balked. Statements he made also showed that he didn't believe in a Federal ban on abortion. Come the 2008 election, he is trying to present himself as more of a conservative. But from his record and statements he's made, John McCain will not try to overturn Roe vs. Wade. Bush promised to ban abortion, but he accomplished little. While he did pass a ban on partial-birth abortion, he did not overturn Roe vs. Wade. And if you look at the way he pressed his agenda on different issues, bypassing certain laws he felt unconstitutional, it's clear that he could have overturned Roe vs. Wade if he had really wanted to. I think he played to the evangelicals during the campaign and promised what he did not deliver. And I think John McCain is doing the exact same thing.
So I sided with Barrack Obama. I will not try to defend his position on abortion. It is wrong. But the arguement comes down to what the candidate will do about the issue while in office. I believe that McCain will do nothing to ban abortion, and neither will Obama. Therefore I will support Obama because of his positions on the other issues. It's up to us as Christians to endeavor to change people's hearts on the abortion issue and stop the genocide. Politics is not a solution, and never will be.
In direct response to Mikey's post, Barrack Obama was against the Iraq war from the very beginning, even when the American public was in favor of it. So to say that he is against it because the people don't like it is inaccurate. John McCain stated that he would stay in Iraq for a hundred years if it took that long to get the job done. All this will do is drain our nation's resources, take countless lives and mess up countless others, and hamper our ability to fight terrorism abroad. And I don't know what McCain means by finishing the job. Democracy will not work in that culture and if that's what we're aiming for, no matter how long we are there, the country will fall apart when we leave. And staying in Iraq will not finish our country's fight with terrorism, it will hamper it.
Well, that's all for now. Sorry again for such a long post.

God bless,

1 comment:

Matthew said...

Oh the agony of politics...

Well, actually before I get into my comment I'll introduce myself as a fellow Sovereign Grace Ministries guy. I'm from Minnesota and attend Sovereign Grace Fellowship, what a blessing that church has been in my life!

...This blog hits home for me. I am pro-life to the core and frustrated beyond belief by the state of politics. I am convinced that abortion is the slavery of our day, an issue where there is no moral middle ground. And I pray that by God's grace subsequent generations will look back on this period and marvel that anyone ever argued for murder of innocent babies. To quasi-quote Piper as you did, "I'm all for woman's rights, but there has to be a better way than killing babies."

I'm a guy who voted for Bush twice and am utterly torn about his legacy (that could be an entirely separate comment). But more than that, I feel that the Republican party has sold the pro-life movement a bill of goods. They've convinced us to back them, knowing they can drag their feet for introducing real change. So frustrating!!

I'll stay tuned to follow your dialogue on these issues.

PS. I love the tone of this blog, talk about Godly fellowship, dialoguing over differences while knowing that you have the gospel in common...what more in common do you need than the cross!!