My friend, Julie, posted a great comment yesterday:
So interesting to get a Christian/democratic perspective. If you have time I would like to hear your opinion on the Obama abortion policy vs conventional democrat/Christian values. Keep up the good work!
My little writer’s brain has been swimming and buzzing as I have been attempting to organize my thoughts, and all day I’ve been itching to get to my computer so I could post my opinion. I have ten million things I need to be doing (this is one of those weeks when I’m not quite sure how it’s all going to get done), but I figured everything else would be completely unproductive until I put my thoughts into words.
I am well aware that most everyone who reads my blog leans toward the conservative Republican side, and that’s great. I used to be right alongside you. I grew up in a home of staunch Republicans, one of whom regularly yells at the talking heads on TV (the newscasters, not the ’80s band). I’m sure there are some of you who are convinced that because I’m leaning left, I’m gonna burn. How can anyone possibly be a Christian and vote for a Democrat?
Let me assure you, my salvation is secure.
First, I’ll start with Julie’s comment. Abortion is a horrendous, tragic, very sad procedure. I wish it never happened. But I’ve come to realize that there will never, ever be a single candidate who falls in line with every one of my values and beliefs, so I’ve had to choose which of those beliefs is most important, and then base my vote on which candidate best lines up with those beliefs and values. I cannot base my vote on a single issue.
Carefully sidestepping any endorsement, pastors tell us to “search the Scriptures, pray, and then vote for the candidate who you feel best represents what the Bible says.” OK, let’s go with that…
Jesus values and respects people, regardless of their countries of origin or the sin in their lives. He speaks more times about money and greed than any other topic. Greed is bad. Share what you have. Provide for others. He told us that to see someone sick and ignore them as we walk to church is detestable. He told us to take care of widows and orphans. He championed the cause of the poor and needy and provided for them. He said, “to whom much is given, much is required.” God says that the earth is a gift and our home, however temporary, and we are charged to take care of it.
In my opinion, Barack Obama and the Democratic party fall more in line with my belief that more than anything, Jesus calls us to love and respect others and provide for those who cannot provide for themselves. Yes, abortion is wrong, but so is allowing a child with cancer to be denied treatment or whose family goes bankrupt trying to pay for it. So is ignoring those in a cycle of poverty who cannot afford food for their families. That is a “life issue.” One life is not more valuable than another. People are more important than profit.
So there you have it. It doesn’t hurt my feelings if you disagree with me – I’m confident and opinionated enough to cease fearing other people’s opinions of me. This is where I am and what I believe. If I had the time (must leave for dance lessons and soccer practice! must fix dinner! must finish MOPS newsletter! must work on writing curriculum! must assist with homework!) then I would spout off a little more on the faith of each candidate, how I get extraordinarily infuriated when people attribute 2 Chronicles 7:14to the United States, what I think about health care and taxes…but maybe another day.
Right now, the minivan awaits.