I rarely answer letters like this but I feel that you are sincere, albeit very misinformed, in your issues. First it is good to hear that you have a dear Christian mother, I am sure that you are in her prayers regularly as you shall be in mine. Please give her my greetings, one Christian to another. Thank you.
Now lets look at your post. First let me be blunt and say that you are guiltier of hypocrisy than those you so quickly, and ignorantly, condemn. Your post if filled with unsubstantiated rhetoric and few facts. I will comment briefly on each section.
I was surfing the Web and found your Web site. I read your article "The
Sanctity of Human Life." Respectfully I feel a need to respond because the
Christian rhetoric upsets me. Respectfully, let me explain...
1) You state you are against a pro-choice candidate who upholds the law of
the land although he/she may not personally support abortion. You strongly
suggest that it is a sin to vote for a pro-choice candidate. As Christians,
are we not supposed to follow the laws of the
land? Everyone in the
not a Christian. They may not subscribe to our teaching. Until the law of
the land is changed, abortion is legal and Christians will have to abide by
that law. To rule out a qualified political candidate because he or she is
pro-choice does not seem to wise. It is like throwing out the baby with the
dirty bath water.
I do not strongly suggest that it is a sin to vote for a pro-choice candidate, I flat out say so and my case is strongly supported in Scripture.
You are absolutely correct that? Everyone in the
I and the vast majority of true Christians that I know do abide by the law and for you to imply differently is not only unfair it is simply wrong.
Your further implication that because unlimited infanticide of the unborn is the law of the land we as Christians should not, by our votes, strive to overturn this most evil of laws relegates Christians to second-class citizens. I pray that you did not intend this, because that is exactly what the Nazis did to the Jews in the 1930s.
2) You and my mom (who I love dearly) always put this abortion issue to the
forefront and treat it as the ONLY litmus test for a political candidate.
As I recently said to my mom, sin is sin. According to what I've read in
the Bible, lying is just as great a sin as adultery. Disrespecting your
parents is just as sinful as murder. You state in your opinion piece. "...
the Bible teaches clearly that the affirmation of sin is the same as
commission of the sin ourselves."
Again, give your sainted mother my regards, (and btw your attitude toward your mothers right to her opinion borders on disrespectful).
I have many tests and I never said that this was the ONLY one; I did say it was the foremost one. And from a Biblical perspective, IT IS!
Yep, Sin is Sin. But contrary
to the teachings of pop Christianity, some sin is more serious than others. National Sin,
which affirms and promotes murder of children, is definitely one of the most serious. In
fact it is this exact sin for which God gave the people
And, you wont find me, or any solid Bible believing Christian endorsing any of the other sins you list.
So I don't get it. A political candidate that bears false witness lies,
slanders, cheats, etc. is a BETTER political leader than one who is
pro-choice? And, it is not sinful to vote for that person?
Absolutely, if any of those charges could be proven true. The problem is that the only proof of such behavior is regarding John Kerry. There is no sound evidence of any of that regarding The President. All of the charges in that regard against the President are slanderous and totally without foundation.
That is why I respectfully say that the Christian rhetoric upsets me. Sin
is sin no matter what it is -- lying, cheating, abortion. So why is GW so
much better of a candidate that John Kerry? And, I am not just talking
about the lies (mistakes) told to get us into a war. GW's hands ARE NOT
Observation ~ you really hate Bible Believing Christians, dont you?
I already answered that. Yes, sin is sin, but not all sin is equal.
Again, contrary to the hate-filled rhetoric of the left, the President DID NOT LIE to the American people. President Bush spoke truthfully based on the totality of the information he, and the entire international community as well as the congress, had. That some of that information now appears to be incorrect does not make the prior informed statements lies. To say such is Slander and False Witness in its worse form.
3) Every time I see pro-life rallies on TV or hear about some other
pro-life event, I laugh because I feel the movement is filled
with hypocrites. Here's why. If these zealots were so PRO-LIFE why are
they not adopting some of the hundreds of thousands of children who
languish in the foster care system. Why doesn't every Christian church
have an adoption ministry? Why aren't pro-life funds going to help families
or singles adopt children? (Do you have any idea how much it costs to
adopt? I do, because I adopted a baby. I could have used some financial
help for the first five years. The adoption cost--about $15 to $16K . Then
I had to buy formula, diapers, clothes, food, medical care, etc, and pay
thousands of dollars a year for part time child care. If someone had been
willing to help me out financially I would have adopted my child's sister
who was born two years later.) I know women -- single women -- who want to
become mothers. Because of their ages or other situations, they will not be
able to bear children. However, because of the costs of adoption, they will
never become mothers.
You really do not know many Christians, do you? Many of the Christians I know are doing the exact things that you list. In fact, most of the adoption agencies are Christian based. Catholic Charities is one of the largest adoption and life aid agencies in the world.
Also, every church I have been in since becoming a Christian have active pro-life ministries including aid to crisis women who chose to have their baby. So you paint with a broad brush out of ignorance sir.
It is propaganda and an untruth to suggest that most women are using
abortion as birth control. Many, many women who have abortions do so after
a lot of soul searching.
I wish this wasnt true, but it is.
In addition most abortion clinics make give
patients a mandatory talk before the appointment and before the procedure.
The talk is about their other options.
Some yes, most NO.
However, when they say you can
choose to keep your baby, they are not offering any money or other type of
support except counseling.
All Christian Crisis Pregnancy Centers offer this support. I know, I have been involved with many.
A friend of mine had an abortion back in the
1970's. She had two minor children and was in her mid-30's when she became
pregnant again. Because of some health issues, she decided to have the
abortion because carrying the fetus to term -- she was told by the doctors
-- would most probably kill her. (By the way she was a stay-at-home mom at
the time.) It was a gut-wrenching decision but she and her husband felt
she needed to live for the other children.
I, and most Christians, have no problem with a TRUE Life of the Mother exception, in fact that the Life of the Mother is preeminent is biblical.
I know of others who may not
have had health problems but could not carry a fetus to term because there
was no way they could emotionally or financially care for a child. (The men
in their lives were not supportive.) If the Pro-Lifers were compassionate,
they would have programs -- ones that are advertised to the masses --
telling women if they want to keep their babies, that a stipend or grant
would be available to them. There should be other support like less
expensive but excellent child care options. (Back in the day there were
homes for unwed mothers.)
All of this is out there. You are much uniformed regarding these issues.
Pro-Lifers tend to respect the sanctity of human
life in the womb but not outside of the womb. That to me is being
hypocritical and very unChristian-like. It might even qualify as sin.
Nothing in this paragraph is true.
Granted, people should not be having sexual relations outside of marriage,
but they do. And abortion is the unfortunate consequence of that
sin. Until women are given better options once they become pregnant,
abortion will continue -- legally or illegally.
Sadly, True. But abortion/infanticide does not need to be endorsed in our laws anymore than other forms of murder.
And, just a personal note: It takes two to tango as they say.
gulls me why is it always the women's fault? Perhaps the pro-choicers
should be telling men to keep their pants zipped -- and that includes
And, besides, why are you, my mother, and other pro-lifers
so concerned about what a women--who you do not even know -- does with her
We are not concerned about her body, we are concerned about what she does to the Babys.
If this nation was more pro-family and pro-mother, there would be
little need for abortion and more women would choose to bring children into
Our country has a multitude of problems that affect many more people than
abortion rights. There are many people holding or running for political
office who are pro-choice and are good leaders, honest people, and willing
to serve. They have good ideas and plans to help strengthen the family and
our nation. Keeping them out of office because they are pro-choice and
voting for less qualified people seems so unwise. We need leaders who can
make a dent in the other social issues you've written about -- Protecting
Marriage and the Family, National Security and the War on Terror, The
Economy and Jobs, and Taxes. From what I understand about history, when
people are feeling secure -- especially emotionally and financially -- they
tend to look outside of themselves and address other social issues.
Fundamentally true, but still from a Biblical perspective (and remember it is from that perspective that I write) the Sanctity of Human Life must be foremost. Why? Because it is to God.
When our nation starts to respect motherhood and provide support for families,
abortion will become less and less. Why? Because it will be honorable to
become a mother and the Church could be a whole lot towards supporting this
type of social policy.
Yep, but until then, we who are true Christians must stand for innocent life, be it the unborn, the disabled, or the elderly.
I hope Ive helped you to better understand the issue from our perspective. I plan on posting this answer on my site for the folks.
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