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Vote 2008: How would you vote if both candidates are Pro-Choice?

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I graduated from Murray State University several years ago with a degree in Political Science. I must admit, however, that my political zeal has waned in the past few years and even with a presidential election forthcoming I still have little interest. When attending Jonathan’s church a year ago, I heard him make a statement that I fully embraced. He said, “I will never vote for a candidate that is pro-choice.” That is a direct statement. Yet, we are at a point where we might have to put our vote (or not put our vote) where our mouth is. The presidential race might very well end up being a contest between two candidates with weak records on abortion and gay rights. CNN’s website has an article from their religion writer Roland Martin entitled, “Will evangelicals choose Giuliani over faith?” I believe this article is a necessary read for any evangelical.

    Roland Martin explains that Pat Robertson has endorsed Giuliani for president. Concerning this situation Martin critiques, “Evangelicals cursed and screamed when President Clinton had an affair in the White House, but it's clear they are willing to overlook the past marital failures of Giuliani, his fractured relationship with his children and his support for gay and abortion rights when mayor of New York. Those are not the family values they have beaten into the nation's consciousness for nearly 30 years.” Martin believes that Jerry Falwell would have supported Giuliani as well because before his death he stated that National Security was the most important issue, even above homosexuality or abortion. Martin then makes an evaluation of evangelicals that, if true, is most disheartening and appalling, “For years I have maintained that the focus of evangelicals was never really principles of the faith but the Republican Party.” This could be a major indictment against evangelicalism. Let me be clear. I have always voted for the Republican candidate, and I believe the Republican Party (traditionally) has more closely aligned with Christian principles. I do not think there is much to debate here. However, I am becoming more and more disenfranchised with politics everyday and with the Republican Party. This is not because I am shifting towards the Democratic Party, which I still oppose for its traditional outlook on the murder of babies in the womb and homosexuality. This language is harsh, but the murdering of innocent human life is a volatile issue.

    We have a real dilemma facing us as evangelicals. I write this blog partially to give my point of view, but also I want to hear from you. Do you disagree with me? Do you agree with me? How will you approach the election if it is Clinton vs. Giuliani? Do you think our integrity as evangelicals is at stake? Do you think conceding the election will send a message to the Republican Party?

    Let me make clear where I stand. I will not vote for Giuliani, and if the race is between him and Clinton, I will write in a vote for Al Mohler or Mike Huckabee. Let me say that I believe national security is important, but where do we think that our security and hope lie. The Lord told OT Israel repeatedly to not trust in chariots and horses for their defense, but to trust in Him! I would respectfully disagree with Dr. Falwell; we should never sacrifice ideals for safety if we trust in the Providence of God. I believe interaction in the political realm is important for the believer, but I do not think that means we give carte blanche to the Republicans if they reject Christian principles. I think this is a matter of integrity.

    If, as Mr. Martin asserts, evangelicalism is more concerned with the Republican Party than Christian values, then evangelicalism no longer exists. If this is evangelicalism, then I am no evangelical. I hope and pray that he is wrong. I used to hang so much of my hope on presidential elections, I remember as a teenager believing that the world was “coming to an end” when Clinton defeated Bush. I remember Bush defeating Gore and how important I thought that was and believing that all was right with the universe. Given my past mentality, I think my present disillusionment with politics might not be such a bad thing. That does not mean that I will not participate in politics, but it does mean that my hope lies elsewhere. I heard my father say years ago, “My hope is not in Capitol Hill, it is in Calvary’s Hill.” We hope in the King who died on Calvary’s Hill and rose from the dead to make all things right. We long for that day, a day when the murder of babies will not be an issue, and King Jesus will show what real power and justice looks like… and with that day drawing near this Political Scientist (if i can say that) has hope, even if Hillary Clinton is elected President.