I recently read a response that 9 Marks made to an inquiring pastor who was confronted after he made a pro-life pronouncement on Sanctity of Life Sunday. He, from the pulpit stated: “You should never vote for a pro-abortion candidate.” He was later confronted by a couple that leaned toward the “pro-choice” candidate. 9 Marks parsed their response which can be fully read through the link at the bottom of the page. They summarized their wisdom with the following:
“Abortion is murder. The American abortion industry is guilty of genocide. It’s horrible. There is no doubt or equivocation in my mind about that. Republican and Democrat and Independent Christians should therefore fight against abortion with any and all possible moral means.
And yet, it’s not necessarily sinful to vote for a pro-choice candidate.”
Is this the same as saying?
“Hitler brought stability back to Germany, restored national pride, put people back to work: that Jewish thing, no big deal.”
“Abortion is murder. The American abortion industry is guilty of genocide. It’s horrible” but it’s okay, with a good conscience, to vote for someone that supports this? One of their arguments is that in the District of Columbia pro-choice candidates comprise nearly all the candidates. How about those politicians prior to the Civil War that supported slavery? In the South there would have been very few that didn’t. Same vexing issue? Not if you follow your conscience in all instances and vote according to the values that are clear in Scripture.
I don’t like bringing politics into my writing. That being said, this last election had vast implications with regard to the Supreme Court and its balance in deciding matters of religious liberty and matters relating to the sanctity of life. This country has over 300,000,000 people and it is hard to believe that these two were the best this country had to offer as candidates vying for the highest calling in the land. As bad as the choice was, there was only one candidate that vowed to uphold the God given freedom of religious liberty and only one candidate that vowed to nominate a Supreme Court justice that could possibly overturn Roe. There is no guarantee that Trump will come through, however, there was a certainty that Clinton would not nominate such a candidate. I understand that 9 Marks and Capitol Baptist are in a city that is about 90% Democrat, however that is no excuse to not stand up for religious liberty and the sanctity of life.
Good Christians can disagree on the tax code, the Affordable Care Act, the size of the military and many other issues, however matters of faith, such as the sanctity of life, is a matter of Christian ethics clearly defined in Scripture. The sanctity of the life of the unborn child is intrinsically entwined in the value our God places on all life. Throughout Scripture, God affirms the value of every human life—from children in the womb to the elderly. Throughout Scripture God attests to His love for all mankind regardless of any of the caveats that we as fallen creatures have personally placed on that value.
David was inspired by God to write in Psalm 139:
13 For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.14 I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.15 My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth.16 Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them.
We worship a God that knew and formed each of us in the womb. I believe He would not look kindly on us if we compromised the value of human life to further an earthly, political agenda.