Four years ago I saw one of the most amazing sites from the perspective of a History educator: a black person was elected president. Most do not understand the barbaric treatment that the people from Africa went through to arrive in the New World. From there, their children were forced into hundreds of years of slavery, oppressed under the black codes and still face the negative stereotypes based purely on the color of their skin. You do not need to travel too far south in Arkansas to experience the racism that most in the North think is ancient history. I should know, i lived there for four years and received racist pamphlets in the mail promoting the “Biblical” superiority of white people. So to see a black person being sworn in as President honestly gave me some pride as an American that we were crossing a threshold I thought would never happen.
I am always a fan of the underdog, (proven by my lifelong allegiance to the Phillies, Redskins and 76er’s), so to experience that underdog victory by the African-American community was at the time exciting. As a Christian though, my allegiance needs to go beyond the feeling of underdogs and skin color and what really is best for the country and hence what is most glorifying to God. I feel as though the younger, relevant Christian community is wrongly brushing over the issue of abortion when it comes to this Presidential election. I am fully aware that the President is unable to overturn a Supreme Court decision and can at best appoint judges that would, but I feel as though the President does more than that as a figurehead. As president, he speaks for the nation and influences people on their decisions as all leaders do. President Obama continues to call abortion a healthcare issue and not a human life issue and so the people of this country will do the same. There are also the Republican candidates for various political offices who ignorantly speak on the subject and in turn give more validity to the President’s dialogue. To focus on their mis-steps also ignores the issue though that a human life is involved. I do believe that abortion should be legal but only in the case of an ectopic pregnancy in which neither mother or child can survive unless the child is aborted. That makes sense to save one life when the baby’s is not viable.
Let me be clear, the issue is of someone’s life. Do we value human life or is murder by the more powerful acceptable? No doubt people are offended by the idea of murder because they like to keep this argument intellectual. These ideas though have sinful consequences. There is no doubt there are well intentioned people on the pro-choice side but there were also well intentioned people on the Nazi Germany side. Please watch Ben Stein’s “Expelled” to learn how the idea of macro evolution lead to the rationalization of killing innocent human life http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cIZAAh_6OXg . So while President Obama is well intentioned in his views on abortion, they still promote the killing of innocent people.
More importantly, as a Christian, I cannot overlook the fact that President Obama is lining up more with pagan kings from the Bible than as a follower of Jesus he claims to be. This passage I recently read from Zephaniah 1 is strikingly similar to his views:
“I will stretch out my hand against Judah
and against all the inhabitants of Jerusalem;
and I will cut off from this place the remnant of Baal
and the name of the idolatrous priests along with the priests,
those who bow down on the roofs
to the host of the heavens,
those who bow down and swear to the LORD
and yet swear by Milcom,
those who have turned back from following the LORD,
who do not seek the LORD or inquire of him.”
(Zephaniah 1:4-6 ESV)
This section probably means nothing to you regarding the president, but look again, “those who bow down and swear to the LORD and yet swear by Milcom,”. Milcom was the pagan god in which babies were sacrificed in the worship ceremony. Sound familiar? Someone was claiming to love God and yet approved the practice of murdering children. God here is clear that behavior is sinful. It does not matter how you shade it with certain terminology or circumstances, it’s wrong. It’s murder.
Please hear me, I am not here to judge your circumstances or past behavior. Forgiveness can be found for all sin and God promises that in the same book (see Zephaniah 3:9-20). Thank God his forgiveness is not based on our past actions but rather Jesus’ work on the cross. Please let that love He has for you direct your heart to the fact that human life is not a matter of convenience or choice. Innocent human life needs to be protected and as Christians, we cannot flippantly put it off as a political issue. That is why I will not be voting for President Obama. He claims Christ and then turns to ignore the very God he claims. He has bought into a lie and by my vote I will not enable him to lead others to buy into the same lie.