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How much weight should our opposition to abortion carry in our voting decisions?

By R.C. Sproul, Jr., Ligonier Ministries www.ligonier.org

God calls us to think His thoughts after Him. That means all of His thoughts. That is, we ought to have a sound and biblical view on everything the Bible touches on. Where it touches on political issues, we are called, again to have sound biblical views. We need to think biblically about what is just war and what is not. We need to think faithfully about taxation, and the size and scope of government. We need to think through what obligation, if any the state has to protect property, to protect our lives.

That said, there are precious few things that frustrate me more about the evangelical right than its utter foolishness with respect to proportion politically. We bundle together this issue and that, everything from tax rates to school vouchers to flag burning to abortion, and call it “family values.” There is a right and a wrong answer on all these issues. But abortion is not like any of the others. It stands out all on its own. In a hundred years, the Christian church will not hang its head in shame that it did so little to pass a Constitutional Amendment against the burning of the flag. In a hundred years, no elderly Christian will be looked at with suspicion by the younger generation because they didn’t do more to lower the tax rate. In a hundred years, if God should be so gracious, we will be looked upon as that godless generation of the church that watched tens of millions of babies go to their deaths. Indeed, we’ll be remembered as those “Christians” who elected men to office who believed that the state ought to protect the rights of some mothers to murder their babies.

It is unfair to draw too tight a comparison between abortion in America and the Holocaust in Nazi Germany. There are significant differences. First, the Holocaust was carried out, by and large, in secret. The rank and file Germans had no idea what was going on. We, on the other hand, every last one of us, woke up today knowing that four thousand babies would die today. We, on the other hand, have four thousand mothers, every day, who knowingly do this. We, on the other hand, have four thousand fathers, boyfriends and husbands who every day encourage this. The Holocaust lasted roughly ten years, and the Nazi’s killed roughly six million people. We, on the other hand, have been at this for 35 years, and have killed more than fifty million babies. It is an unfair comparison, unfair to the Nazis. We are far worse monsters.

How much weight should our opposition carry? I have purposed in my heart that I would never vote for a man for any office that is not committed to using every power at his disposal to protect and defend every unborn child. Never. Ever. If every Christian would simply make that simple pledge, then we would win this battle. As it stands, at best we vote for candidates who might nominate or support judicial candidates who might vote for this small impediment or that to abortion on demand. At worst, we vote for the guy with the R by his name. We need to get rid of our strategies, and get on our knees in repentance. We need to stop negotiating with candidates over the bodies of dead babies.

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Ligonier Ministries has launched a pro-life effort to coincide with the 38th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision (January 22) and the opening of the 112th United States Congress. Our goal is to raise $6,000 (#6K4Life) to send R.C. Sproul’s twentieth anniversary special edition of Abortion: A Rational Look at an Emotional Issue (Reformation Trust Publishing, November 2010) to every Congressional representative. Will you help us speak for those who have no voice? Donate Now

Reality Check

I feel like I would be remiss in my duties if I didn’t at least mention the presidential inauguration. I don’t claim this to be a political blog, mostly because politics are too often the opposite of truth, but with a new direction for the country, I want to at least comment on a few reactions from yesterday. Despite your political views, a new administration is underway and it can be a little scary, as it’s filled with the unknown. However, each of us, from the far left to the far right, need to keep this in perspective, the president is after all, just a man. I know this might be a shock to someone of you (kidding), but apparently others who watched disagree. Take a look at some of these responses from yesterday:


Don King, “I would say he would be Joshua going across to the Promised Land.”

Denzell Washington’s mother, “I would say any one of the Biblical leaders, the apostle Paul, Moses, John the Baptist – any of them. Seriously, he is like one of those apostles for our day. He came to lead us to the original design of what we are supposed to do on this earth.”

Despite his mother’s view, I do respect Mr. Washington for his reluctance to parallel the Bible.

Denzell, “What Biblical character? As Mr. Obama has said, it’s not about him. It’s about us. It’s about what we do collectively.”

Jay-Z, “Obama has changed my life in the same way he has changed your life.”

Oprah, “He makes me want to be a better human being.”

Just listen to our mainstream media:

ABC ‘Nightline’ reporter Cynthia McFadden, “If today was the majesty, tonight is the magic.”

CBS Early Show host Harry Smith called the inauguration, “one of the sacraments of our national religion.”

And Finally, reporters in Kenya covering the celebrations there quote a man saying,

“This man is Jesus, when will he come to Kenya to save us.”


Since when does presidential election become religious experience? I posted these not to be politically divisive, each of us are entitled to our beliefs, but rather to offer a reality check. There is only one man who has ever and will ever truly change our lives and that man is Jesus Christ. He offered His life on the cross for our sins. He gave us the bailout from eternal death and separation through his bloodshed on the cross. He is the Way, Truth, and Life. John 14:6

I don’t know what direction the country will go in and I don’t know the president’s heart, but I do know what the Bible says and we can use it as a measure of truth for everything. So I’ll leave you with 2 measuring sticks of Truth:

Proverbs 29:2 “When the righteous thrive, the people rejoice; when the wicked rule, the people groan.”

Proverbs 16:12 “Kings detest wrongdoing, for a throne is established through righteousness.”

Have a Blessed Day!