I've made my stances pretty clear on our current President and some of the GOP field running for nomination, but just in case there are doubts, let me reiterate. I like President Obama as a person. He seems like a relatively good guy who wants to be a good father and loves his little girls. However, that's where my affinity ends for our President. I do not agree with his policies. I do not believe his actions are helping this country. I do believe his administration is further hurting this country and I shutter to think what four more years of his administration would bring to America. So there. Having said all that, I can't stand "Christians" who feel it is fine to personally bash their President, pray for God to kill him (pathetic facebook joke), or refuse to pray for him at all. At some point, we have to grow up and leave the sandbox rules behind and be able to have intelligent debates and discussions with one another without making things personal. The reality is that according to the book of Daniel, God raises up leaders and puts them down. God allowed President Obama to take office and he as a fellow man and human being along with the office itself demands our respect. With all that being said, I do respect the President as a man and I certainly respect the office, but I will not be casting my vote for Obama or anyone on the Democratic ticket now or in the foreseeable future.
My reasoning falls many different ways, but one of my own personal litmus marks is the stance on abortion. Cue the "Yeah, but . . ." It's a deal breaker for me. It's the proverbial straw that breaks this camel's back. It's even more so after having my own little girl almost a year ago. Let's just be honest; abortion is murder. There is no other way around it. When a human being makes a decision to annihilate another human being on this planet, it is, and has always been called, murder. This won't change. This is God's definition. It's innocent blood crying from the ground on which it was spilled. Let's go deeper.
Medical technology has taught us so much about babies in the womb. As early as a few weeks after conception, their heart begins beating. From the moment of conception, the zygote is alive. Embryos in the first trimester of a pregnancy are developing their mother and father's characteristics. A bond is being formed between mother and baby and the baby memorizes its mother's sounds and movements. Within a few months, the baby will begin to smile in the womb, kick, and move almost in a playful way. The baby feels trauma and stress inside the womb. The baby can feel pain. A baby is a person just as much as we are. And yet somehow, this country, originated by God and His divine providence, who swears in Presidents with the usage of the Holy Bible, whose laws and guidelines closely resemble the framework of the Ten Commandments and Christian code, has passed and maintained a tragic law that has seen over 5 million lives murdered since 1973. We've lost a whole generation.
Abortion has always been Satan's plan to destroy God's creation. Stop a generation before they can grow up and make a difference. Leave the emotional scars that no one tells these women about that can only be handled through the grace of God. Destroy the next great preacher, teacher, or leader before they can be born and grow up, i.e. Moses and Jesus. The slaughtering of innocent lives has been going on for as long as time has existed. It was God who in Leviticus and Numbers made a point to cause Israel to be different than other nations in their worship of idols. Many other nations were worshiping the false god Molech which resembled a bull's head with an open fire pit in its stomach and mid-regions. The only way to worship this god was to take live infants and pass them through the fire pit in Molech's belly. As the babies screamed and cried from being burned alive, the people would pray for rain or good fortune with their harvest. They saw the killing of their babies as a way to move on in their lives to bigger and better things. And I would say the same spirit of Molech is alive and well in the abortions of America. For an extremely large percentage of the 5 million aborted since 1973, were not done so due to medical problems or the potential death of the mother. They were done because having a child would be a nuisance to the mother. She had to finish school. She was this close to a job promotion. She didn't have the financial means. She didn't really love the father. And another baby is passed through the fire so the parent can get what she wants.
The "Yeah, but . . . " on this is always, "So be against abortion, but what about the poor and what about the morals of that other individual?" And my response has and will always be, those are of the utmost importance to me as well, but the sanctity of life is where it all begins. It's the chicken before the egg. I can't argue for making a poor man's life better and be legit if I'm not going to stand up for the poorest of the poor, i.e. a defenseless baby in a womb. I'll be the first to say, that we as Christians and we as the church have failed miserably throughout the years at being consistent in taking care of our fellow man and the communities in which God has placed us, but this should not affect our approach to abortion. I've always heard in leadership that you should never ask anyone to do something you as a leader aren't willing to do first. Ironically, there are several hundreds of thousands individuals that support abortion, but I guarantee they are pretty pleased that their parents didn't go that route with them first.
Having said all of this, when it comes to this election, I'm voting pro-life. This means I will not in any way, shape, or form vote for Mitt Romney regardless if he is the GOP nominee against Obama. Romney has flip flopped so much on his abortion stance and its obvious he flips and flops when he sees the benefit in doing so. The sanctity of life is not something you flip flop on. I've been told by many that to vote Independent or to do a write in is a vote for Obama and I couldn't disagree more. A vote for Obama is a vote for Obama. A vote for Romney is a vote for Romney. A vote for the deceased Theodore Roosevelt is a vote for neither . . . I've drawn my line. I have not before and will not begin this election to vote for any candidate that supports abortion in any way, shape, or form. At the end of the day, I will vote. I will perform my civic duty and God-given right. And when I cast my vote, I will leave the polling place knowing that whoever wins, God is still God and His people are still victors. I will leave the polling place knowing above all else, I cast a vote so that a 16 week old baby in her mother's womb will be allowed to live and have a chance to change a world that has been royally messed up by the masses of yesteryear.
More later . . .