(September 2014) Two religious leaders I have deep respect for have come to basically the same position when it comes to voting pro-life though they have divergent theological backgrounds. John Piper, recently retired Senior Pastor (for more than 30 years) of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, and Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, both draw the same conclusion.
In a nutshell, it is that a candidate who supports the killing of innocent human beings through abortion and other means is not qualified to hold elected office. It doesn’t matter how good this person may be on every other issue if he or she supports abortion. And it doesn’t matter the rhetorical language used to show that support. The candidate is disqualified by supporting the killing of innocent human beings.
As Pastor Piper has stated, we acknowledge this disqualification with other issues. Should a candidate favor the idea of legalizing domestic violence, for that single issue we would disqualify that candidate. Fr. Pavone bluntly asks how we can trust someone with so little regard for the most defenseless among us on any other issue.
Voting cannot be an option for us either. And we must vote pro-life. Far too many things related to the defense of human life are in the hands of our elected officials. This isn’t limited to state representatives, statewide officials or those running for federal offices. It includes our city officials and those seeking public office on almost any level.
A prime example is the recent move of a Planned Parenthood (PP) clinic that targets the Latino community into the city of Richfield, Minn. Though city officials may not have been legally able to prohibit this move, they could have made it difficult instead of welcoming PP, and certainly, they could have let it be known to the pro-life community very early on, aiding our effort to stop the move. Schools boards are another prime example, often allowing their abortion ideology to become curriculum within the school system.
The only way we can vote pro-life is to take the time to find out where the candidates stand on the life issues. This is a good exercise in civic duty. You need to find out who is running for what offices. Ask questions of the candidates, go to their websites, get voter guides from trusted organizations (see end of article), and ask your neighbors or fellow church goers. This is the only “hard” part in the voting process.
Often candidates mask their abortion positions in an attempt to “fool” voters into selecting them. This is done especially if the district the candidate is running in tends to be or is strongly pro-life. A good example is a candidate for the Minnesota House who states on his website, “But I’m not comfortable with a party that . . . wants a government that legislates our relationships, our bedrooms and our reproductive decisions based on their religious beliefs.” Of course, his real position is that he is comfortable with a party that does legislate our relationships, our bedrooms and our reproductive decisions based on ideology contrary to life and faith. The coded language of this candidate may sound good to the uninformed, but he is really for funding Planned Parenthood in its evil approach to human sexuality, protecting the killing of the unborn and not protecting traditional marriage.
Election Day is November 4. Of course early voting and absentee voting is much sooner. Do the research, know where and for whom to vote. And make sure you vote pro-life!
Editors’s note — Contact your local pro-life organizations to learn about the position of candidates on the life issues. In Minnesota, contact Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life (MCCL) or (612) 825-6831. In Florida, go to Florida Right to Life’s political action website.
by Brian Gibson, Executive Director