Before Palin's addition to the McCain ticket, I was considering voting for Obama as I had not thoroughly researched him yet. Now that I have, I am definitely not voting for him. The biggest reason is his insane, dangerous, and disturbing view [emphasis mine, of course] on abortion.
I believe that abortion is a key issue in this election despite what others might say. Why? Because it, with gay marriage, stem cell research, and the war, is one of the few moral issues in this election. While those other topics deserve attention I choose to focus specifically on abortion because I believe it to be more important than the others.
Abortion is the larger moral issue because 1) like stem cell research it involves humans playing God and making decisions that only God should make (which never turns out well) and 2) like war it involves killing people. And as a quick comparison for the war haters, since the Iraq war began in early 2003, 4168 soldiers have been killed. In that same time period, according to my calculation 6,600,000 babies have been killed through abortion just in the U.S. Don't get me wrong, I appreciate soldiers who have chosen to fight and die for this country, but the numbers simply are not comparable.
Christians need to be concerned and knowledgable about the moral issues in elections. If we are not, who else will be?
So is a candidate's moral position on an issue important? It is if you are a Christian and read and believe the Bible. There are numerous biblical examples of a leader's faith, or lack thereof, determining a nation's course. I believe current times are no different. If we elect leaders with skewed moral compasses, things that look bad now will pale in comparison to the damage that can occur. America reached the heights it did because it was founded on Christian principles. With every turn away from God's principles this country moves further and further away from the one that God has blessed for so many generations.
Please do not vote for Obama before you read and understand his voting record on the issue of abortion.
Not once or twice, but 4 times Obama voted to deny extra medical care to babies who survived an abortion attempt. Why? Because he felt like the bill (Born Alive Infant Protection Act) could pose a threat to Roe v Wade. Here it is again - A baby that made it through an abortion does not deserve more care because the bill which outlines this extra care may cause a threat to the choice (not the right) of abortion. If you just read that for the first time and your jaw dropped to the floor, then you got it. If your jaw is not on the floor, read it again slowly.
Still going? He voted against banning partial birth abortions. Why? Beats me, but does it really matter? I am still waiting to hear a good reason to vote against a bill banning murder.
'I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.' - Matt 25:40
I believe that Obama, given his radical support for Roe v Wade, will only try and extend its influence if he is elected president. He has been given a perfect rating by pro-abortion groups. I seriously doubt he will change if he obtains even more power as President. Obama is willing to let women destroy God's creation for any reason, at practically anytime, during the pregnancy. He is on record as saying that the first bill he plans on signing will be the "Freedom of Choice Act".
"For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb." Psalms 139:13
Biased, but interesting piece - Why Jesus Would Not Vote for Barack Obama
*Obama voted “present” on all these bills which are counted in the official roll call of the bill, and they DO affect the outcome. For all intents and purposes, they are a vote against the bill.
My other thoughts on abortion.
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His "friends" are very suspect
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