Be a One-Issue Voter!
As everyone must know by now, I am an unapologetic one-issue voter. If Candidate A is not 100 percent pro-life, I will not vote for him. If Candidate B is not 100 percent pro-life, I will pass on him, too. And I won’t hide behind the silly notion that opposition to abortion is an imposition of one’s religion on other people. Our Lord sent out His followers to obey Him in every area of life. They demolished pagan temples and cut down sacred trees in the process. Moreover, Jesus taught His disciples to think about and squarely face the real issues of life. And that I value.
The reason is simple. I value the mind. According to Jesus, the first commandment is to love God with all our heart, soul, and mind (Matt. 22:37). Why, then, do so many Christians compartmentalize knowledge into sacred (theology) and secular (politics)? This is a false dichotomy. Politics, we say, is less important – more “worldly” – and therefore unsuited to the “spiritual” Christian. But the truth is that “secular” subjects such as politics and history are essential to understanding culture. There is no shortcut to the truth that eliminates the need for basic facts about some important “secular” areas of learning.
Allan Bloom, in The Closing of the American Mind, made this statement (p. 58): “People sup together, play together, travel together, but they do not think together. Hardly any homes have any intellectual life whatsoever, let alone one that informs the vital interests of life.” How true! Many Christian parents fail to raise children who are grounded in Christian doctrine or have even the faintest level of intellectual curiosity.
Now, anyone who will take the time to think about it knows that Roe v. Wade is a disgrace to the nation. It is a distortion of the Constitution. It is immoral and wrong. If Christianity values anything, it values life. We humans are dependent upon God for life. Our entire existence – spiritually and physically – depends on His life-giving and life-sustaining power. Jesus declares Himself to be the life (John 11:25). He alone is the Life-Giver, and it is He who decides when to end it.
If Christianity is true, and if what it says about the value of human life is true, let’s stop being apologetic about it and start proclaiming it. Let’s return to a supernatural view of life instead of this “compassionate conservatism” parody and we will finally see good results. Those of us who will vote for the Constitution Party ticket in the general election favor Peroutka over Bush/Kerry for some very specific reasons, but one of the most important is this: We will not compromise when it comes to life! We reject the “new” Republican Party comprised of pro-choice and pro-sodomy “conservatives.” We wholeheartedly affirm the Constitution Party platform on abortion:
The pre-born child, whose life begins at fertilization, is a human being created in God’s image. The first duty of the law is to prevent the shedding of innocent blood. It is, therefore, the duty of all civil governments to secure and to safeguard the lives of the pre-born.
To that end, the Constitution of the United States was ordained and established for “ourselves and our posterity.” Under no circumstances may the federal government fund or otherwise support any state or local government or any organization or entity, foreign or domestic, which advocates, encourages or participates in the practice of abortion. We also oppose the distribution and use of all abortifacients.
We affirm the God-given legal personhood of all unborn human beings, without exception. As to matters of rape and incest, it is unconscionable to take the life of an innocent child for the crimes of his father.
No government may legalize the taking of the unalienable right to life without justification, including the life of the pre-born; abortion may not be declared lawful by any institution of state or local government - legislative, judicial, or executive. The right to life should not be made dependent upon a vote of a majority of any legislative body.
In addition, Article IV of the Constitution guarantees to each state a republican form of government. Therefore, although a Supreme Court opinion is binding on the parties to the controversy as to the particulars of the case, it is not a political rule for the nation. Roe v. Wade is an illegitimate usurpation of authority, contrary to the law of the nation’s Charter and Constitution. It must be resisted by all civil government officials, federal, state, and local, and by all branches of the government – legislative, executive, and judicial.
We affirm both the authority and duty of Congress to limit the appellate jurisdiction of the Supreme Court in all cases of abortion in accordance with the U.S. Constitution, Article III, Section 2.
In office, we shall only appoint to the federal judiciary, and to other positions of federal authority, qualified individuals who publicly acknowledge and commit themselves to the legal personhood of the pre-born child. In addition, we will do all that is within our power to encourage federal, state, and local government officials to protect the sanctity of the life of the pre-born through legislation, executive action, and judicial enforcement of the law of the land.
Could anything be clearer? Let me say it again: Every pre-born child is precious to Almighty God and should be to us!
Friends, the terrible results of our politics-as-usual, head-in-the-sand mentality are all about us. None of us is wholly free from blame for this tragic condition. It will require more than a little courage to wrench ourselves loose from the grip of compromise and return to biblical ways. But it can be done!
I invite you, dear reader, to prayerfully consider voting for Mr. Michael Peroutka and Pastor Chuck Baldwin. This election let us repent and sincerely turn back to God. Let us do this if for no other reason than to preserve life.
September 28, 2004
David Alan Black is the editor of www.daveblackonline.com. His latest book is Why I Stopped Listening to Rush: Confessions of a Recovering Neocon.