Is abortion the only political issue that should count for Christians as we decide who to vote for in elections? Should the church be a single issue community?
Beyond that, what does it mean to be pro-life? I am pro-life, but I ask, is there a broader way of looking at the issue, one that includes care for the lives of “born” children as well as “unborn” children?
Beyond that, is any politician God’s anointed? Can’t we not recognise that the political process is, like us, fallen. That even our favourite politicians are fallen, and so, can’t we respect the right of other Christians to vote contrary to us? Should our voting decisions be interpreted as THE litmus test of orthodoxy or heresy? Or should we look deeper?
As for me, I am happy to listen to other Christians who disagree with me over the politics of national defence. But please, please, explain to me how you justify your stance in a way which does not marginalise the significance of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. And please, please explain to me, how “hawkish” political platforms which lead to photos like the one you see on your left are so much more “pro-life”.
Postscript: I note that Janet at Secret Women’s Business has also launched a post on abortion following the Forgotten Ways conversation, if you want to check that out too. Bloggers, any more want to join us in an impromptu syncroblog on the politics of abortion?