Recently, a congregation member stopped and asked me about the upcoming election. She was having a hard time deciding who she should vote for. They say that Wisconsin is a state that doesn't always fit into the usual political predictions. I can honestly say that I cannot remember meeting any LC-MS Lutherans that voted Democratic before I came to this congregation.
I won't tell you who to vote for, but I can tell you where my heart is. While you and I could banter about the legitimacy of the war in Iraq, the fiscal mishaps on Wall Street, the failure of the present administration, or the benefit of either of the candidates, there is one thing that we cannot argue about. You might not share my same stripe of politics as a small-government, slightly green Republican with Libertarian tendencies, but there is one thing that we can agree on. Abortion is clearly wrong.
Abortion is wrong for women. Abortion is wrong for children. Abortion is wrong for society. Abortion is wrong for families. Abortion is wrong for unborn children. Abortion is wrong with God.
One candidate has promised that the first thing he would do as President is sign the Freedom of Choice Act, virtually abolishing every present existent restriction on abortion, laws that save thousands of lives each year. One candidate is against informing parents that their minor children are seeking an abortion. (Where have we come to when parental permission is needed to dispense an aspirin, but no permission is needed to get an abortion?!) One candidate is for the gruesome practice of Partial Birth Abortion, which allows an infant to be partially delivered until their brains can be sucked out. One candidate is against conscience protections for pro-life citizens working in health care industries, forcing them to participate in objectionable practices or lose their jobs. (So much for pro-choice.) One candidate has opposed legislation to protect childen who were born alive either as a result of an abortionist's unsuccessful effort to kill them in the womb, or by the deliberate delivery of the baby prior to viability. (These children are placed in a cart, put in a corner, and left to die alone.) One candidate has authorized a bill that envisions the purposeful production of embryos (human life!) for use in medical research where they will be experimented upon and killed. (What kind of sickness has come over us that we are willing to justify the action of killing defenseless life as long as it will benefit us down the road?) One candidate has proposed to appoint pro-choice Supreme Court justices which would virtually eliminate the possibility in our time of overturning the flawed decision of Roe v. Wade. In short, one candidate is the most extreme candidate for abortion to have ever run on a major party ticket, which will result in the increased destruction of human life.
There are many issues that many reasonable people of good faith will disagree about, but on abortion there is a profound difference. These issues reveal the very character and judgment of each man. One man, ironically one whose people also formerly were denied their rights as an entire class of people, refuses to extend those same rights which he is now privileged to enjoy to another class of people, ones who are the most frail and wek members of our society. (So much for liberty and justice for all.) Instead, this man willfully aims to use his power and influence for the death and destruction of human life. Because of his radical stance on abortion he is rightly called "pro-abortion" rather than "pro-choice."
I am reminded that nearly one hundred years ago the impoverished nation of German believed that the hope of their nation lay in one man. They overlooked many warning signs that would later result in the death of six million Jews. How many more lives will be lost before we come to our senses? 48 million lives since 1978 are waiting for our answer. If we don't stand up for them, who will?
Next week we will go to the polls. We may win or we may lose. We vote as Christians, which means to say that we use our vote for the benefit of those around us, to defend the "inalienable rights" given to all men and recorded in the Declaration of Independence, "Life, liberty, and the pursuit of hapiness." There will be no perfect candidate. We are called to choose the one which will better promote the cause of truth and of justice for all.]
Who am I voting for? Actually I am voting for the little ones who don't have a voice, which means that I will vote for the one candidate, one who alone has promised to aid the cause of those who are waiting for our help.