Voting for Slaughter

Last week was the 41st anniversary of Roe v. Wade. Large numbers can make us squint but here’s the tally: 57 million babies slaughtered since 1974. That’s about 3,200 lives every day in our nation since some black robes in D.C. said it’s OK to ignore the Sixth Commandment.

Perhaps you don’t like the word “slaughtered.” Have you seen what’s left behind? I saw some photos this past week. If “slaughtered” doesn’t fit, it’s because it’s not strong enough. Some pastors (Frances Chan and John Piper, to name two) have showed their congregations photos of an abortion’s aftermath in case they had forgotten what the word means.

On the day of the anniversary, Brit Hume, Fox News senior political analyst gave an impassioned plea against abortion.

“The moral case for allowing such beings to be killed grows ever weakerand its advocates resort to ever more absurd euphemisms to describe what they support,” Hume said. “They’re not really pro-abortion they have long said. They’re pro-choice. This isn’t about killing unborn babies. It’s about reproductive health. And the biggest abortion chain in the country refers to itself as ‘Planned Parenthood.’ In 2012, this organization says it carried out ‘abortion procedures’ 329,345 times. Whatever that number represents, it’s not parenthood…there is something deeply wrong and false about all of this.”

There is no greater moral issue in our country than abortion. God held Cain accountable for the blood of one. Why wouldn’t He hold us accountable for 56,999,999 more?

If you missed it, here is our President’s celebratory news release from last week:

“Today, as we reflect on the 41st anniversary of the Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade, we recommit ourselves to the decision’s guiding principle: that every woman should be able to make her own choices about her body and her health. We reaffirm our steadfast commitment to protecting a woman’s access to safe, affordable health care and her constitutional right to privacy, including the right to reproductive freedom. And we resolve to reduce the number of unintended pregnancies, support maternal and child health, and continue to build safe and healthy communities for all our children. Because this is a country where everyone deserves the same freedom and opportunities to fulfill their dreams.”

I could comment on every sentence but for brevity, the last one will due: “Everyone deserves the same freedom and opportunities to fulfill their dreams”? Really, Mr. President? Were you thinking about the 3,200 who will have theirs terminated today?

I close with some gas for the fire. Given the President’s position on abortion (a position he has articulated for years and demonstrated in his first term), this man did not deserve a single Christian vote the second time around. Maybe you bought the “hope and change” stuff, maybe you liked the racial reconciliation angle, maybe you’ve voted Democrat since FDR. But for cryin’ out loud, you knew his position on killing babies in the womb. You knew it to be a litmus test for appointments to the bench. You knew he’s in bed with “Planned Parenthood”—the first president to speak at their National Conference.

If you are saying, “There are other political issues, pastor, that influence my vote.” Yes there are; but none weightier and none so clearly articulated against then found in the four words: “You shall not murder.” (Exodus 20:13)

You and I need to confess sin every day. Can a vote be a sin? I think so.

Pastor Rich Hamlin

January 30, 2014

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