Christianity Today recently interviewed Blue Like Jazz author Don Miller about his invitation to pray at the Democrat National Convention. CT pressed Miller on his political views vis a vis abortion. In his response, Miller reflects on how he thinks a Republican President and Congress have fallen short on the issue of abortion:
“As we elect a Republican House and Senate, and as we elect Republican leadership in the executive branch, we see very little changes on that issue. We’re electing someone who agrees with us on abortion, being sort of a tragedy in our country, and yet can’t get anything done. . . The executive branch doesn’t have that much power, it has some power, but it doesn’t have much power.”
Miller is trying to say that having a Republican President and Congress has done nothing to further the pro-life cause. He couldn’t be more wrong.
President George W. Bush had the opportunity to fill two vacancies on the Supreme Court during his term. He filled those vacancies with two very conservative judges: Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito. In 2007, Roberts and Alito joined a majority that upheld a ban on partial birth abortion. Thus, these two appointments resulted in a majority that for the first time since Roe v. Wade actually limited abortion rights.
President Bush appointed the two judges, and a Republican-led Senate confirmed them. How can Miller possibly say with any credibility that the executive branch “doesn’t have that much power” on this issue?
The fact of the matter is that the President appoints the judges that will decide whether Roe v. Wade will be upheld or overturned. The next President will likely have the opportunity to fill 2 to 3 vacancies on the Supreme Court. In other words, the next President will decide whether or not Roe v. Wade will be overturned.
Unfortunately, Donald Miller is but one of many so-called “evangelicals” who are saying that it’s okay for pro-lifers to vote for Obama and that having a pro-life President won’t make that much difference anyway. In this opinion, they are sadly mistaken. Once again, Donald Miller is proving himself to be an unreliable guide.
FYI, here’s a transcript of Donald Miller’s prayer from the Democrat National Convention on Monday night.
Please join me for the next few moments in our Benediction.
This week, as the world looks on, help the leaders in this room create a civil dialogue about our future.
We need you, God, as individuals and also as a nation.
We need you to protect us from our enemies, but also from ourselves, because we are easily tempted toward apathy.
Give us a passion to advance opportunities for the least of these, for widows and orphans, for single moms and children whose fathers have left.
Give us the eyes to see them, and the ears to hear them, and hands willing to serve them.
Help us serve people, not just causes. And stand up to specific injustices rather than vague notions.
Give those in this room who have power, along with those who will meet next week, the courage to work together to finally provide health care to those who don’t have any, and a living wage so families can thrive rather than struggle.
Help us figure out how to pay teachers what they deserve and give children an equal opportunity to get a college education.
Help us figure out the balance between economic opportunity and corporate gluttony.
We have tried to solve these problems ourselves but they are still there. We need your help.
Father, will you restore our moral standing in the world?
A lot of people don’t like us but that’s because they don’t know the heart of the average American.
Will you give us favor and forgiveness, along with our allies around the world?
Help us be an example of humility and strength once again.
Lastly, father, unify us.
Even in our diversity help us see how much we have in common.
And unify us not just in our ideas and in our sentimentsâ€”but in our actions, as we look around and figure out something we can do to help create an America even greater than the one we have come to cherish.
God we know that you are good.
Thank you for blessing us in so many ways as Americans.
I make these requests in the name of your son, Jesus, who gave his own life against the forces of injustice.
Let Him be our example.