I am strongly against abortion and partial birth abortion. The church, however, has erred in the way it has gone about dealing with this. Christians have taken the stand for the life of a fetus and infant and many have left mothers and the larger structural justice in society out of what has become a single-issue voting conundrum that leaves many Christians incredulous that anyone could vote any other way but Republican.
In 1992, during the Clinton vs. George H.W. Bush campaign, I took a photo of a couple carrying a sign that said, “A vote for Clinton is a sin against God.” I’ve searched for that photo but can’t find it. The sins of Bill Clinton may justify people who held or hold that position, but we ought to look at the fruits of his administration relative to what the sign intended. It was meant, I think, to refer to Clinton’s view on abortion. But did abortions increase in the eight years Clinton was president? I don’t know but perhaps we could find out.
According to the ethicist/statician, Dr. Glen Harold Stassen, abortions have actually increased during Bush’s administration.
How do we account for this? Is it justice and mercy to take a stand and not also look to the larger moral issues involved? As I have mentioned in this blog, some do take this stand with great conviction, but my challenge is to look deeper, read the above article, post others here that we can look at.
A comment earlier says I’m naive to think we can not have political parties. The intention was to wake us to the reality that we have been co-opted by political parties and we have a lot of work to do in the church to reverse this, and it cuts both ways. Democrats sometimes shamelessly use churches to get votes from the black community. Republicans sometimes shamelessly use churches to get votes from Christians. By giving the example of no parties, I was trying to illustrate that a Christian might come out with a more kingdom-focused mix of moral issues rather than being “forced” to choose between one party that says there’s no way you can’t vote Republican because of abortion and Christians in the Democratic party that can’t understand how someone can abide this “just war” as a Christian.
Both think the other at best is missing the point, and at worst, sinning against God.