A Party of Abortion?

     For some strange reason, there is a prevalent (and mistaken) idea that people’s religious beliefs have no place in political discourse.  Many believe that somehow, the foundation upon which many build their morality is ‘off-limits’ if we’re talking about political things (perhaps because politics struggles with “legislating morality”?)  Prohibiting moral reasoning and religious belief from the political sphere is generally something that is disproportionately applied to Christians.
     But here’s the strange thing…even Christians sometimes attempt to enforce this unnecessary (and unrealistic?) dichotomy.  There are many Christians who either publicly state or silently think that Christians should only ever talk about Jesus and that talking about politics serves only to divide.  They might say that political discussions don’t produce the fruit of the Spirit and that politics is about changing people’s minds, but people’s hearts can only be changed by Jesus (and then He can change people’s minds to be like Christ). In many ways they have a point.  Our conduct and method of delivery often leaves much to be desired.  Still, let’s not forget that Jesus and other writers of the New Testament certainly didn’t avoid speaking, questioning, correcting and educating their followers about things that would be considered political.  They discussed things like taxes (Luke 3:12-13; 20:21-25), challenged and addressed those in authority (Matthew 14:3-4; Luke 13:32; Acts 24:24-25), and encouraged obedience to the government (Romans 13:1-8) [when appropriate (Acts 5:29)].
     So with this contentious and unprecedented election season upon us, here’s something to consider.  Actually, I’d encourage you to not just consider, but act.  I understand that some, if not all of, my Democrat friends will feel attacked and uncomfortable.  My intent is to shed light in dark places.  While unpopular sometimes, I truly believe if someone is comfortable in a dark place, THAT is the actual problem. The problem is NOT that someone becomes uncomfortable when the light begins to shine into the darkness (John 1:5; 8:12)
     Make no mistake, because I am a follower of Jesus, I am unapologetically pro-life and agree that the intentional killing of the innocent is repugnant and unjustifiable.  This is what abortion is.  Abortion is not about ‘women’s rights’ or ‘reproductive rights.’  Even though abortion impacts and affects women, let’s not forget it also impacts and affects men.  All of us were created in the image of God, the Imago Dei (Genesis 1:27; James 3:9).  That God-image begins before birth (Psalm 139:13-16; Job 10:8-12; Isaiah 44:2) and there is active life there (Genesis 25:22; Luke 1:41, 44).  Science also regularly confirms and teaches that human life begins at conception.
     I also know many have been deceived and grieved by the horrible aftermath of an unplanned pregnancy and struggle to find a solution and all-too-often, to forgive themselves when the realization of an abortion hits them. For anyone who has made the difficult and regrettable decision to have an abortion, you are not a monster as much as you are a victim.  We are all victims of sin from our earliest moments (Psalm 51:5; Romans 5:12-19). And the real enemy is Satan who comes only to steal, kill and destroy instead of give life (John 10:10).  Know that there is forgiveness and healing for all who seek it. Yet for those who instead, prefer to stay in the dark and pursue more deceit and death, there is a need for continual correction and rebuke as well as an invitation to repent and seek restoration and healing through Jesus.
     Why am I writing this?  Because a major political party not only affirms, but seeks to expand the death of human lives.   That is the singular reason why I cannot support a Democrat who supports their platform – because their formal platform seeks to ensure and expand the culture of death by abortion. To be fair, the Democrat platform has other positions and ideals that I could agree with and even vote for, but in my mind, that’d be like voting for an “honest” serial-killer because of their honesty (while ignoring their murderous activity)
 
Read the 2016 Democratic Party platform for yourself (see specifically page 37 and 45-46)
We believe unequivocally, like the majority of Americans, that every woman should have access to quality reproductive health care services, including safe and legal abortion
We will continue to oppose—and seek to overturn—federal and state laws and policies that impede a woman’s access to abortion, including by repealing the Hyde Amendment” (prohibits tax dollars from directly paying for an abortion)
We will support sexual and reproductive health and rights around the globe….Therefore, we support the repeal of harmful restrictions that obstruct women’s access to health care information and services, including the “global gag rule” and the Helms Amendment that bars American assistance to provide safe, legal abortion throughout the developing world.”
Also, feel free to compare the party platform of Republicans (see specifically page 37 and know that this is NOT an endorsement of everything Republicans believe in!!!)
“America’s healthcare professionals should not be forced to choose between following their faith and practicing their profession. We respect the rights of conscience of healthcare professionals, doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and organizations, especially the faith-based groups which provide a major portion of care for the nation and the needy. We support the ability of all organizations to provide, purchase, or enroll in healthcare coverage consistent with their religious, moral, or ethical convictions without discrimination or penalty. We support the right of parents to determine the proper medical treatment and therapy for their minor children. We support the right of parents to consent to medical treatment for their minor children and urge enactment of legislation that would require parental consent for their daughter to be transported across state lines for abortion. Providers should not be permitted to unilaterally withhold services because a patient’s life is deemed not worth living. American taxpayers should not be forced to fund abortion. As Democrats abandon this four decade-old bipartisan consensus, we call for codification of the Hyde Amendment and its application across the government, including Obamacare. We call for a permanent ban on federal funding and subsidies for abortion and healthcare plans that include abortion coverage. “
     There are any number of other issues that all people should care about (and may vociferously disagree on the best solution) – modern day slavery, labor conditions, trade issues, racial injustice, economic injustice, the environment, healthcare, access to education, housing, clean water, etc.  But at the end of the day, life must come first.  If we can’t get that right, is there really going to be any kind of improvement or is it more like the old adage – “we’re just rearranging chairs on the deck of the Titanic”?
     Please…consider what it really means to be a Democrat or support the Democratic platform.  It’s admirable to be for justice, equality, fairness, etc, but when there’s no desire to ensure those same things are extended to all humans regardless of age, size or location, it’s nothing more than hypocritical.

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