Junk Mail

Does anyone read these? I would personally prefer the candidates save their money and stop sending them to me. They go straight into the recycling box.

Final Political Post

This is the last thing we will post in regards to the upcoming election. It is from Desiring God Ministries and the article is based on this passage:

The appointed time has grown very short. From now on, let those who have wives live as though they had none, and those who mourn as though they were not mourning, and those who rejoice as though they were not rejoicing, and those who buy as though they had no goods, and those who deal with the world as though they had no dealings with it. For the present form of this world is passing away. (1 Corinthians 7:29-31)

 

Go here to read the rest of the article: Let Christians Vote As Though They Were Not Voting

This post is dedicated to D’s brother, Dave. We decided the other night you are a closet Piper fan.

Consistent Ethic of Life

I just read through “Principles and Policies for Christian Voters” which is essentially a voting guide put out by Sojourners. My O’Pa (grandfather) was a fan of Sojourners and I have been familiar with the group since high school when he began sending me articles from their magazines. He even signed me up for Christian Ethics Today, a small magazine similar to Sojourners, in which, his poetry was occasionally published. Whenever I get my issue of CET in the mail, I think of my O’Pa. He was known for his somewhat lively Christmas letters which usually gave his opinion on some “hot topic”. He passed away last summer and many times I have found myself wishing he was still here so I could ask him a question about something. He was incredibly wise.

So, I read through this voting guide and thought it made a lot of valid points. I could talk about a lot of them (and maybe I will in another post) but I will just touch on one because it is so close to my heart. Here is what Sojourners has to say under the section titled “Consistent Ethic of Life.” I have added emphasis on certain words because I am going to discuss them.

All life is a sacred gift from God, and public policies should reflect a consistent ethic of life.

“Thus says God, the Lord, who created the heavens and stretched them out, who spread out the earth and what comes from it, who gives breath to the people upon it and spirit to those who walk in it: I am the Lord, I have called you in righteousness, I have taken you by the hand and kept you.” (Isaiah 42:5-6)

“The spirit of God has made me, and the breath of the Almighty gives me life.” (Job 33:4)

1. Dramatically reduce abortion. Our society should support common ground policies that dramatically reduce the abortion rate by preventing unwanted pregnancies, providing meaningful alternatives and necessary supports for women and children, and reforming adoption laws.

2. End capital punishment. Our nations’ use of the death penalty should end. We should not take life to punish wrongful death. There is no evidence that it deters murder. It is easy to make fatal mistakes, as DNA testing has shown. The death penalty is biased against the poor, who cannot afford adequate legal representation, and is racially disproportionate.

3. Stop genocide. In Darfur and other countries, around the world, persecution and mass killing continues. Selective intervention by multilateral peace-keeping forces under the United Nations that can protect and save lives should be supported and strengthened.

Does anyone else notice the difference in language between #1 and points #2 & #3? Do you really think God is hoping we just “reduce” abortion? If we are only seeking to reduce abortion, please tell me when it is acceptable?

I found this section of the guide very frustrating. Although titled “Consistent Ethic of Life” Sojourners is blatantly inconsistent.

Abortion needs to end; it needs to stop. It deserves the same strong language they used for capital punishment and genocide. In fact, abortion is “racially disproportionate”. In this country, an African-American child is nearly as likely to be aborted as he/she is to be born. Abortion is “persecution and mass killing.” Abortion takes the life of a child and since 1973 it has taken the life of more than 45 million children in the United States alone.

Christians definitely need to be more consistent in their pro-life message. We need to create more aid and assistance for women facing unplanned pregnancy. We need to show more compassion and acceptance for women in these situations. We need to step up and be the ones adopting children. As people against the taking of a life, we must do all that we can to support those who choose life. As Christians, we must be consistent in our ethic of life but saying we need to just “reduce” abortions is not consistent. In fact, what it is, is Sojourners bending to the political party that they lean towards. They are being cowards. They know if they take a strong stance on abortion people may vote for the “other party.” If Christians want their votes to be taken seriously, then they cannot bend on Christian values. They need to stand firm so that elected politicians (who are supposed to represent the people) bend to us.

If you are sensing my anger, then you are getting the correct feeling from this post. Maybe this is my “lively Christmas letter.” But I hope in my seventies I am still as bothered by injustice as my O’Pa was and that I am still writing blogs like this. This is not my post against Sojourners; I agreed with many things in the voting guide. This is me begging them to not sell their souls to a political party. There are too many Christian organizations who have already done this on the other end of the political spectrum. It is of no use to have one on the left end as well.

Please see the following sites for more information:
Feminists for Life
Abort73
Protecting Black Life

Confused

On Father’s Day, Barack Obama gave a speech at some church in which he said, “We need fathers to realize that responsibility does not end at conception.” This is baffling as he is very much in favor of abortion rights.

Here is my logic: if someone is a father then a child must exist. If fatherhood starts at conception, then conception must be the beginning of a child. If a child begins at conception and you are in favor of abortion, then you are fine with killing a child.

I’ve watched Obama talk on abortion before and it is my belief that his conscience is not really clear on this issue. How could it be if he truly believes that life begins at conception? His statement (which is one I guess he has made several times) is totally confusing.

FYI…this post is NOT my endorsement of John McCain. I’m not a fan of either of the choices. My vote in 2008 goes to…DB.

My Political Stance on Pants

This actually has nothing to do with my political thoughts on any candidate (I actually don’t like any of them from the little I’ve looked into it). One thing I do know is that you should not wear pants while playing basketball. I am completely against it. I also am somewhat against tucking your shirt in while playing basketball, but don’t feel as strongly about that as I do about wearing pants.

Helping You Vote

I took this quiz to help me figure out who matches up with my political views; they basically ask you questions on all the major issues and show you who you match up with the most. I’m not sure this quiz helped me figure out who to vote for but I did learn something about positions of the candidates. In reality, certain issues are just more important to me than others and carry more weight when I consider my vote. The candidate that I had the most agreement with does not share the same view as me on a couple of the issues that are the most important to me which presents a challenge in considering them.

Here is the quiz: Select A Candidate

I Guess I Have Not Been Paying Very Much Attention

Tonight, D and I were watching an old episode of Law & Order and D said, “Oh, it’s Fred Thompson.” I said, “D, that is not Fred Thompson.” We decided to let the internet decide…

Much to my dismay, the man on Law & Order was indeed Fred Thompson. He looks like this:

The man I have been picturing in my mind as Fred Thompson, is actually John Spencer who apparently played Leo McGarry on The West Wing, and unfortunately, passed away in 2005. This is John Spencer:


So, I guess I need to be paying a bit more attention to the upcoming election. I’ll check out Fred Thompson’s Website. In my defense, it does not look like the guy has a chance anyways. I’m sure John Spencer would have been an excellent candidate as well.

Mr. President?

(I am writing this post in order to prevent the Lloyd Carr story from being the first thing you see on this blog.)

I have a love/hate relationship with politics. I was a political science major when I started college and quickly realized I did not want to have a career in politics. I was not up for all of the competition and scandals.

I have no clue who I am going to vote for. Like many of you, I usually end up voting against someone and not necessarily for someone. However, I do like to be informed about the candidates and what they stand for.

According to last night, one of these guys may be the next president:

I am not sure what is worse: being endorsed by Oprah or Chuck Norris. Anyways, I will be doing more research on both of these guys.

Barack Obama’s Website
Mike Huckabee’s Website