Call To Die

Then [Jesus] said to them all, "If anyone wants to come with Me, he must deny himself, take up his cross daily, and follow Me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life because of Me will save it. (Luke 9:23-24, HCSB)

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Monday, November 03, 2008

Eating crow and voting McCain

Just before the primary election, I published a blogpost [HERE] arguing that Christians shouldn't vote for John McCain (specifically over Mike Huckabee) because McCain was moderate on pro-life issues. I understood McCain to be moderate because he has supported embryonic stem cell research and he believes that abortion should be allowed in cases of rape and incest (should infanticide be allowed for cases where the father was an abusive criminal?). So I felt that McCain may be untrustworthy in terms of his stance on the most important issue of justice in our day.

My opinion of McCain on this issue began to change as a result of the following interaction between the Senator and Rick Warren:

The transcript from the above video follows:
WARREN: Let’s deal with abortion. I, as a pastor, have to deal with this all the time, every different angle, every different pain, all of the decisions and all of that. Forty million abortions since Roe v. Wade. Some people, people who believe that life begins at conception, believe that’s a holocaust for many people. What point is a baby entitled to human rights?

MCCAIN: At the moment of conception. (APPLAUSE). I have a 25-year pro-life record in the Congress, in the Senate. And as president of the United States, I will be a pro-life president. And this presidency will have pro-life policies. That’s my commitment. That’s my commitment to you.

After this interview, the question in pro-life voters' minds was over what decisions McCain would make to carry out his "commitment." The first decision on his road to the White House was his choice of running mate. Some Republicans wanted McCain to pick a pro-abortion running mate in order to potentially get more votes, but instead he picked Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, who has not only consistently governed in a pro-life manner, but has lived out pro-life ideals. McCain's choice of Sarah Palin has signaled to pro-life voters that his commitment to pro-life policies is firm.

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