Last week, the Washington Post had a story titled “GOP Loyalty Not a Given For Young Evangelicals.” In it, the leader of the Southern Baptist Environment and Climate Initiative has a statement about political priorities.
“When you look at the political party that has traditionally championed poverty, social justice and care for the least of these, it’s not been the Republican Party,” said Merritt, who now considers himself an “independent conservative” and is unsure whom he will vote for in November. “We are to honor the least of these above even ourselves. It’s very difficult to reconcile totally.”
He is part of a growing group of young born-again Christians standing on one of the many generational breaks surfacing in this election cycle. Merritt still shares his parents’ conservative convictions on abortion, a core issue that forged Falwell’s Moral Majority and brought evangelicals firmly into the Republican camp, but he says they are no longer enough for him to claim the Republican Party.
I have no problem with Christians who do not want to be beholden to a political party. That is my own conviction as well. It would take me about a nanosecond to drop my support for any Republican or Democrat candidate who takes a pro-choice position. In this sense, every Christian should have principles that trump partisanship.
I do have a problem, however, with the idea that a pro-life person could even conceive of voting for Senator Barack Obama. How can a pro-life person still be “unsure whom he will vote for in November” if he truly sees the protection of the unborn as a transcendent moral value?
Barack Obama believes that the regime of Roe v. Wade should continue and that it should be legal to kill an unborn child at any stage of pregnancy (0-9 months). As a senator in the Illinois legislature, he opposed efforts to protect the lives of infants who survived abortions. Casting a vote for Barack Obama is not an option for anyone who truly holds the defense of the unborn as a transcendent moral value.
Once again, the next President of the United States will likely appoint two to three Supreme Court Justices. Those Justices will either maintain the status quo in favor of Roe v. Wade, or they will tip the court against Roe v. Wade. That is why this election is so pivotal for the pro-life cause. If Barack Obama is elected, he will appoint judges that will extend Roe v. Wade for the foreseeable future. At the recent Saddleback Presidential Forum, Obama reiterated this commitment.
It would seem obvious that pro-lifers should be opposing Obama’s candidacy, but apparently it is not so obvious to some people. One thing is for certain. Those “pro-lifers” who continue to imply that a vote for Obama is a legitimate option are not helping the pro-life cause but hindering it.