Pro-Life and Pro-Obama?

18 01 2009

Grant Swank has some great points when he tells about some conversations he had with a black minister friend who had led his life as an evangelical Christian, but in the months leading up to the election, his support for Obama caused Swank to question his friend’s stance. I will say that although I agree with most of what he says, I think it is unnecessary to refer to Obama as “B. Hussein”. This is a tactic that is clearly meant as a way to play on people’s biases against Muslims and Arabs. Swank would still have plenty of ammo to work with in this article without having to resort to basically a form of name-calling. It’s just silly and immature. Still, I agree with the point of his article.

Abortion is murder.

Homosexual practice is abhorrent to the biblical God.

Both can never fit with the scriptural ethic. Never. Therefore, I cannot ever reason that it is legitimate for a person to testify to being a biblical Christian while at the same time openly confirming abortion and sodomy as acceptable.

There are those who say that every woman has a right to control her own body. That is true. Then, having control over her own body, she should not become pregnant if she does not want children. That is control! When she becomes pregnant, then she has lost her control over that situation.

But more importantly, only God has final rights to any person’s body. He brought that body into life and someday will take that body out of life. In the meantime He provides the very sustaining power for the body’s life to continue.

The Bible speaks of a fetus as a person, not simply tissue that can be discarded if found to be a bother or nuisance. Since the fetus is a person from the moment of conception, then the destroying of the fetus is killing a person.

“Your hands shaped me and made me. Will you now turn and destroy me? Remember that you molded me like clay. Will you now turn me to dust again? Did you not pour me out like milk … and knit me together with bones and sinews? You gave me life and showed me kindness, and in your providence watched over my spirit” (Job 10:8-12 NIV).

“Before I was born the LORD called me; from my birth he has made mention of my name…and now the LORD says — he who formed me in the womb to be his servant…” (Isaiah 49:1, 5).

The Palin Baby Story Matters

3 09 2008

Byron York tells of his experience in talking with some evangelicals at the GOP convention and their reaction to the story of Bristol Palin being pregnant.

…the top McCain staffers revealed that a story would be breaking on the wires in a few hours reporting that Palin’s daughter, Bristol, is, in fact, pregnant now. The father is Bristol’s boyfriend, the staffers were told, and she intends to marry him.

The McCain aides’ assignment was to call a list of about 40 top evangelical and other cultural conservative leaders. Each one would get a personal explanation of the story, and each was asked for his or her reaction. The McCain people reached nearly everyone before the story broke, and the verdict was unanimous — all the leaders supported Palin and her place on the McCain ticket.

In the Colorado section [on the Convention floor], I ran into Sue Sharkey, from Windsor. When I asked what she thought, her reaction was not about Palin but herself.

“For me personally, it hit my heart this morning,” Sharkey told me, “because I was a 17 year-old girl, just like Sarah Palin’s daughter, and I had — I was in those shoes. And my son is with me, who will be 35 years old next week, and so I know what a difficult road there is for her.”

“I chose to have my son, and from that point I realized that I was a very strong right-to-life advocate,” Sharkey continued, her voice wavering ever so slightly. Roe v. Wade had been passed just the year before, and I already knew girls who were going through abortions. It wasn’t a choice for me; it wasn’t in my heart to do that. So when I heard the news this morning, it struck close to home for me.”