by Greg Quinn
August 6th, 2004
It’s funny. People on both sides, Democrat and Republican, are saying that this is one of the most important Presidential elections in our lifetimes. Several criteria are given for each ones rationale as to why this election is so important. Some say it’s because of the economy. Others say it is because of continuing threats of terrorism. Others say it is because of the war in Iraq. Others say it is due to the fear of, or joy of, moving our nation closer to conservative Christian values. Regardless of the issues involved, it is good that most of us agree to the importance of this election, and its outcome, on our nation.
There are many issues that will govern ones decision about how to vote. Many people will vote strictly with their pocketbooks, and choose the candidate and party that they feel will strengthen their individual bottom line. By their vote based on the anticipation of the most personal financial gain, they are saying “this is what is most important to me and my values: money”.
Others will vote based on their position over the war in Iraq. Those that believe we are fighting for a good cause and support the war, even though they hate the casualties and risks involved, will side with the current President. Those that believe that we should not fight in Iraq for any reason will likely vote for the Democrat ticket. By making their voting decision based on these criteria alone, these are saying “this is what is most important to me and my values: my personal position on war”.
Some will vote with primary emphasis on whatever candidate or party they feel will do a better job protecting our borders from the threat of terrorism. While we all agree this is vitally important, we have one group with a proven position of strength and a track record in combating terrorism, and another with an unproven but different approach. I’m not saying which side is right, and you really don’t care about my position on the topic anyway. If this is your primary position governing how you will cast your vote in November, and you think the government should be able, or even be empowered, to protect and save you (see Jeff's article on Homeland Security), then you are saying, “this is what is most important to me and my values: my personal safety and the safety of my family”.
Many readers of this site will base their vote primarily on the issue of the Second Amendment, and in truth the importance of this cannot be overstressed. We are faced with a clear choice in November between an incumbent President who, although not 100% on gun-related issues, has a proven track record in favor of our firearms civil rights, and a liberal challenger who never misses an opportunity to attempt to curtail our rights while asserting that he likes to hunt deer by crawling around with a double-barreled shotgun.
While I’ll admit that all of these topics are very important, I want us to look past the important to the vital. I want us to look beyond our desires and focus on what is most critical. These are important issues, but there is another that alone should cause every voter in America that puts a value on human life to cast their vote based on this single priority. Vote life.
Exodus 20:13 gives us one of the most recognized of the 10 Commandments, upon which the governing laws of America were forged. “Thou shalt not kill”. The Hebrew verb “kill” used here means “murder”, or “intentional slaying”. While those of us that are sane recognize the importance of a society that denies one the right to murder another, there is a critical position on this very topic that should in itself determine your decision on how to vote in November. Pro-Life versus Pro-"Choice".
How we have fallen so far as a society is proven by how we elect our leaders. Nothing could be more polarizing than one's position on this important topic. Do we have the right to murder another human being, especially the most helpless human on earth, a child still alive in his mother’s womb? The fact that this one single topic may determine the next leadership of the greatest nation on earth is a testament to our humanity and determination to do what is right, or a curse upon us as a people and nation.
One Presidential candidate says he is strongly Pro-Life. He has instituted policies and attempted to appoint legislative leadership during his 4-year Presidency based on their similar position toward a value he holds dear, the value of human life, especially the life of an unborn child. He has attempted to appoint Federal judges who would rule in affirmation of the laws and morality upon which our society is based rather than "interpret" legal principles which do not exist, and in this he has been ruthlessly opposed by the opposition party, including the other candidate in the upcoming Presidential election. The other candidate is clearly Pro-"Choice", meaning he and others of like position hold fast to the right of the adult female to determine whether or not the child in her womb is given the right to live.
Let’s set personal opinion aside, as this is a very heated topic. Instead, let’s look at what the God of creation said on this issue. “Thou shall not murder”. God gives us no justification in the intentional slaying of another human being. None. There is nothing found in the Bible that gives me or you or anyone else the right to intentionally murder another person, especially one as innocent as a baby. Yet, we have enacted laws in our nation that give one person the right to determine whether or not another should live. In God’s eyes, no matter how one might wish to disguise this subject, this is a horrible, terrible sin and blight against humanity.
What does the Bible have to say about the state of life inside the mother's womb? Is this bit of flesh a person, or just an "unviable tissue mass" as the pro-abortionists have led us to believe? Those of you who have seen the amazing new ultrasound technology that was recently unveiled already know the answer, but following is some of what God has to say:
Job 31:15 "Did not he that made me in the womb make him? and did not one fashion us in the womb?"
Psalms 22:9-10 "But thou art he that took me out of the womb: thou didst make me hope when I was upon my mother's breasts. I was cast upon thee from the womb: thou art my God from my mother's belly."
Psalms 139:13 "For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother's womb."
Psalms 71:6 "By thee have I been holden up from the womb: thou art he that took me out of my mother's bowels: my praise shall be continually of thee."
Isaiah 44:2 "Thus saith the LORD that made thee, and formed thee from the womb, which will help thee."
Isaiah 49:1 "Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name."
Isaiah 49:5 "And now, saith the LORD that formed me from the womb to be his servant,..."
Hosea 12:3 "He took his brother by the heel in the womb, and by his strength he had power with God."
Luke 1:15 "For he shall be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink' and he shall be filled with the Holy Ghost, even from his mother's womb."
Luke 1:41 "And it came to pass, that, when Elisabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elisabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost."
Luke 1:44 "For, lo, as soon as the voice of thy salutation sounded in mine ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy."
Galatians 1:15 "But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother's womb, and called me by his grace, to reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him among the heathen."
If you do not believe in the Bible, then perhaps you believe in the laws of our nation. We have laws protecting each other against murder. The laws upon which our nation was established were based on the laws of God and the Ten Commandments. Yet over the past 20 years or so we as a nation have enacted other laws which violate the nature of our humanity and the foundational integrity of the law that established our nation. Even so, one would not question that there are laws against murder. All of us would vote “guilty” in a jury seat if the evidence against a person was found that they had intentionally slain another human being. Furthermore, most of us would be outraged if someone murdered an innocent animal, a dog or a cat, much less a human being. Yet we have placed personal convenience of the mother over the right to life of the baby. We accept this position in America by allowing by law the murder of millions of innocent babies each year. In any other circumstance, the taking of an innocent life would be considered murder, and punishable under the laws of our nation by life in prison or death. The only exception? The platform upon which the Pro-"Choice" movement is based. The mother has the right under our law to murder her innocent child. And we have one seeking the highest political office in our nation that holds to this perverse belief.
You may disagree with me. You may disagree with God. You may even disagree with the law of gravity. But, jump off a 20-story building and somewhere around the 5th floor on the way down you will accept a newfound belief in gravity, right before you splatter on the ground. There are some things that are undeniable as right or wrong, and the right to life is one of these. Disagreement or not, nothing you or I or any politician can say will make it right for one human being to be able to murder another human being, especially one as innocent as an unborn baby.
This November, you can determine by your vote where your priorities lay. You can “vote money”, “vote safety”, “vote environment”, “vote war/no war” or "vote pro-gun". I suggest we all “vote life”.
We need to forget our pocketbooks and vote for what is right. Vote life.
We need to value the importance of another human life over the issue of war. Vote life.
We need to place more value on the lives of millions of innocent babies over the lives of a much smaller number in our society that might be killed through acts of terrorism. Vote life.
Every vote counts. This election, both sides agree, is terribly important. Regardless of where we agree or differ on multitudes of other topics, one topic alone should determine the outcome of this election. The right to life, or the right to murder.
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