Therefore let anyone who thinks that he stands take heed lest he fall.
1 Corinthians 10:12
You must understand the ground beneath your feet. I don’t know the exhaustive history of the pro-life movement, except that my mother-in-law, who has been a pro-life advocate for 30 years, tells me that the evangelicals were slow on the uptick.
If you had told me ten years ago that the political party which was represented by Bill and Hilary Clinton, John Kerry and Al Gore was the party which had historically stood for the cause of the unborn prior to Roe vs. Wade, and that it was the conservatives who resisted pro-life legislation until that point, I would have laughed out loud.
What?! Are you serious?!
Talk about a flip-flop. Several years ago, Mitt Romney was skewered for his flip-flop on abortion “rights”, but here’s the truth:
No politician is perfect and no party is the right(eous) party.
Please, as we go into this election cycle, do not fool yourself into thinking that your candidate is perfect. Know who you’re voting for or not voting for. Be careful. Understand the ground beneath your feet. Know where and how you stand.
And here’s the deal: also be careful that you DO NOT make the mistake of thinking that your party is the “right” party.
DO NOT make the mistake of thinking that you are on “the right side”. Remember Joshua? He had it wrong.
“When Joshua was by Jericho, he lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, a man was standing before him with his drawn sword in his hand. And Joshua went to him and said to him, “Are you for us, or for our adversaries?” And he said, “No; but I am the commander of the army of YHWH. Now I have come.” And Joshua fell on his face to the earth and worshiped and said to him, “What does my lord say to his servant?” And the commander of YHWH’s army said to Joshua, “Take off your sandals from your feet, for the place where you are standing is holy.” And Joshua did so…”
I confess, I am a one-issue voter. Some of you may dislike me intensely for admitting it. However, I believe that a person’s position on the sanctity of human life in the womb is the greatest indicator of a person’s ability to make decisions that are ultimately moral. I am not fooled by the pandering and political double-speak of self-centered, egotistic politicians. Why? Because I believe the issue of abortion goes far beyond a simple question of subjective vs. objective ethics. I believe it cuts to the heart of ALL justice issues. It is, in essence, the mother of ALL justice issues. Liberty and justice for all…remember? I believe that, if there is one justice issue that will define my generation, it is the issue of abortion. I would like to see abortion disappear from our society like the black plague and polio. It is a blight on any civilized society that should be eradicated at every and all expense.
But hold on. Do I put my faith in a politician or political party? Listen, the sands of politics shift faster than you and I can imagine. One moment you’re on the side of the conservatives, and then, all of the sudden, you find yourself in the company of a strange and new political minority where atheists and liberals and Christians and conservatives are finding more and more agreement and common ground. How is this possible?
The parties which used to represent majorities in the US are no longer adequate. I am pro-gun rights. But that doesn’t mean I think everyone should be armed. I am pro-welfare, but that doesn’t mean that I think everyone, regardless of physical or mental ability, should qualify for it and receive it. I am pro-life. But that doesn’t mean that I am against the death penalty. I am a capitalist. But that doesn’t mean that I believe the only responsibility that companies have is to their stock holders and/or owners. I am for protecting our borders, but not at the expense of the innocent. I am not a protectionist.
I’ll tell you what I am for: I am for the Kingdom of God. I am for the rule and reign of Jesus Christ in the heart of every person, Republican or democrat, liberal or conservative. I realize this may be the most controversial statement that I make in this post, but there you have it.
Political parties become useless when seen through the lens of God’s Kingdom.
Re-read the Beatitudes. You’ll realize how much you disagree with the Lord Jesus.
There is only one party worth trying to be a part of. It does not have a president. It has a King. His name is Jesus.
“My kingdom is not of this world. If my kingdom were of this world, my servants would have been fighting, that I might not be delivered over to the Jews. But my kingdom is not from the world.”