Saturday, August 30, 2008

Candidates of Life and Death

In light of Barack Obama's voting record, John McCain's selection of Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate puts the abortion issue squarely in the public eye in a way that could not be more flattering to the respect for innocent, unborn life, and could not be more unflattering to the support for legalized and freely available abortion.

God is the author of life. Knowing him in Christ is fullness of life. Where his presence is, there is life. Where he withdraws, there is death. Hell is the second death.

When people deny God, they deny life. The Soviet Communists killed tens of millions of their own citizens. The Communist Chinese force mothers to abort their unborn children. In America, our cultural and political authorities have been explicitly turning away from God and embracing atheism for the last 40 years. As a consequence of this, we have tolerated and even encouraged 40 million abortions since 1973. It is the equivalent of a self-inflicted nuclear strike.

Whereas Sarah Palin, an Evangelical Christian, has five children and refused to abort that last one when she learned he had Downs Syndrome (it's a disgrace that we think of that as heroic because it implies the acceptability of killing difficult children), Barack Obama as Illinois state senator voted against a bill to protect babies who are born alive despite an abortion procedure. An almost identical bill passed the U.S. Senate at the same time by a vote of 98-0.

This juxtaposition of candidates is an interesting providence.

3 comments:

Mark Larson said...

It is a remarkable providence. It is also interesting that she was the mayor of Wasilla--where the OPC has a congregation.

Anonymous said...

It is amazing; Obama speaks of the "burdening" of the abortion right in that case, while mothers like Sarah Palin do not consider the care and love for a disabled infant any burden whatsoever, but rather an act of supreme love. Is post-natal abortion also a right for Democrats? Will Peter Singer have a shot a Surgeon General?

Harold

Shane Vander Hart said...

I'm thrilled with Palin being on the ticket, and I didn't even know about her being an evangelical until later - to me that's like icing on the cake!

I don't think McCain could have made a better pick. I am super impressed with her record of reform in Alaska.