Brain pictured on a bibleAdam Graham takes me to task for inventing my own definition of prolife, suggesting that I and others who refuse to vote for Romney don’t really want to save lives. First, we are too strict on our definition.

“Given that about half of Americans identify as pro-life but only 14% oppose abortion in the cases of rape and incest”

The reason I appear to be at odds with the general populace on this is not because I have made up my own rules. Perhaps foolishly I thought, as it seems now, that professing Christians would equate the words “right to life” and “pro-life” with the sixth commandment: Thou Shalt Not Kill”, not a made-up version of their own: “Thou Shalt Not Kill Some”

Adam wrote:

To apply it as a litmus test to political candidates or for being part of the pro-life movement is impractical and reckless. To educate and encourage the public recognize the fallacy of supporting rape and incest abortions is sensible and reasonable.

To refute this is simple. I quote an acquaintance of mine, Adam Graham: “This like most other dichotomies is false.”  It is quite possible to oppose candidates who will defend the rights of many child-killers AND educating the public about the foolishness of exceptions is sensible.  (Adam conveniently forgets that Romney RECENTLY said he supports child killing in cases of the health of the mother).

What could have been a fine, reasonable approach ended up falling into the same mockery the Romney supporters have used from the beginning of his campaign:

“A protest vote or no vote offers only the chance to be proud of yourself for having done the right thing, by opposing the imperfect Mitt Romney and ensuring Barack Obama’s re-election, the continuing funding of Planned Parenthood, ever-increasing abortions overseas, and radical judges who will support greater barbarism and curtailment of religious liberties.”

In other words, there is no possibility of actually doing the right thing, without being puffed up about it and being the CAUSE of re-electing Obama – which Graham and other Romney supporters would have you believe is the most treasonous pro-abortion thing you could possibly do in this life.  See what they have done, folks?  They have tried to bind your consciences by suggesting that doing the right thing and trusting God will bring about great evil. This is madness.

I stand by my position that I will not vote for Romney.  You may certainly do so – I am not harping on those of you who think it is the right thing to do. It is arguments like Graham’s however, at the end, that must continually be refuted.  I will not be bullied, brow-beaten or shamed into submission.

3 comments
  1. Excellent points. For those who are supporting Romney, I think it’s useful to ask them what their specific criteria are for voting for a candidate, apart from electability. While they may claim to have some objective criteria, it seems to me that most of the time they actually do not, or at least they won’t tell you what they are, which means pretty much the same thing. 😉

    Something else that I think characterizes the “madness” you are referring to is that it inherently rests on a bed of unbelief. In this kind of thinking, ultimately man controls the election, not God. So, trusting God essentially becomes a foolhardy act because it just seems so quixotic. This kind of thinking presumes God to be either kind of stupid or cruel too IMO. I mean, if every one of us votes our conscience, exactly why would God let the “wrong” candidate win, assuming that He is in control of all things? Even though people who think this way may claim to believe that God is in ultimate control, it seems to me that their actions betray their real beliefs. Of course, lack of discernment seems to be mixed in in various degrees as well.

    Anyway, concerning this election, the key things for us to do are a) to vote (if possible) our conscience and b) to pray, pray, pray, which is even more important! 🙂

  2. David, we repect your right to not vote for Romney – but you are harping on those of us who think it’s the right thing to do. You accused Adam, but I have read many of your post and you frequently bully, brow-beat and try to shame many many into submission. Pluck the plank out of your own eye first. Many of us don’t disagree with your principle but your approach probably drives more away than attracts. I would love to see Jesus on the ballot, then I would follow and vote for him, but unfortunately he is not and I don’t see a better presidential canidate than Romney on the ballot so I will vote for Romney.

    1. Frankly, I think it’s a bit unfair to accuse David of bullying others. He doesn’t mince his words, but none of the prophets in the Bible did either. I didn’t read anything in this blog post that would constitute shaming or bullying. Sharply refuting an argument and browbeating are not necessarily the same thing.

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