Sunday, August 24, 2008

Getting ready to step on some toes...

The wife of our pastor in Washington had this on her blog the other day, and I had to post it here, if for no other reason then to be reminded myself.


Warning : CONTROVERSIAL TOPIC ABOUT TO BE DISCUSSED

Traditionally, the term "pro-life" indicates one's strong stance against abortion. It draws a deep line in the sand and proclaims that one is an advocate for the unborn. It announces that one stands in direct opposition to the liberal, "pro-choice" camp. For evangelical Christians, abortion is often a bottom line issue. Meaning, traditional pro-lifers vote based on which candidate opposes abortion. Other issues take a back seat.

I am a Christian. I love Jesus and try to follow hard after him. I am a leader in my church and am married to a pastor. And, I believe we need to re-draw some lines in the sand.

I contend that being "pro-life" means more than advocating for making abortion illegal. Being pro-life means supporting health care for children across America. It means objecting to loss of innocent life (whether American or not) in war, believing in second chances for those condemned to death row (there is a dramatic increase in death sentences for the poor) , and being committed to education so we can reduce the numbers of abortions that occur every year in the United States. Jesus cared about the marginalized, the oppressed. He campaigned against injustice. So should we. I wonder if it has become easier to oppose ideologies than to actually love people.

We have had a "pro-life" president for the past 8 years. The abortion rate in the United States has not decreased. Perhaps the key to reducing abortions lies in Jesus' own commandment, "Love your neighbor as yourself." Interesting that Jesus' greatest commandment did not involve the wielding of power through politics. It instead encouraged his followers to care for people, to put forth kindness above all else, to make a difference through personal relationship. I wonder if it has become easier to oppose political ideologies than to actually love people, to actually get our hands dirty. What if Christians agreed to adopt the millions of kids whose lives end through abortion?

What would happen if Christians really got serious about caring for the marginalized, the oppressed, the sick, the orphans? What would happen if we moved out of the suburbs and into the city?
What would happen if we cared more about injustice than our 401K?
Jodie Howerton

6 comments:

Cassie said...

wow.

Prayz Him Today said...

Very well said.

Mary said...

I think everyone can use a good toe stomping from time to time.

Brandi said...

oh, I so agree that pro-life has got to go further! Pro-Life people should be at the front of the line waiting to adopt, volunteer at pregnancy centers and even babysit for single moms. Too much talk with little action has led to the widespread criticism of Republicans being hypocrites! Let's see the CHURCH move to action so that the gov't doesn't have as many problems to deal with!

Anyways, just thought I'd share. I know we might not agree on who to vote for, but I completely agree on that point!

Brandi
PS what kind of camera do you have? your pictures are always so breathtaking!

Anonymous said...

Sigh.......I have been struggling with these kinds of thoughts so very often lately. I am a Christian, who has always voted Republican because of being Pro-Life. however, my heart is tugging at me so often, to really think about if that is the right thing to do. To vote based on only ONE issue. But then, how do we live with ourselves, knowing that we voted for someone who is in favor of allowing abortions to continue. I totaally hear you on this, but wish I knew the "perfect" answer. I need to pray about this alot. Thanks for your thoughts. Just found your blog through a link on another.

amy smith said...

oh anonymous!
do e-mail me if you get a chance, i would love to talk with you more!