The “A” Word and Evangelicals….

I am going to talk a little about a tough one here and that is the “A” word. By that of course I mean abortion.  It seems to be the sole driving force for many voters in this country.  As long as the candidate says he is against the “A” word then many seem to flock to him. This is especially true for the so-called evangelicals among us. I personally don’t see any politician’s words associated with corresponding actions about this topic. I know Mr. Bush gained the Oval office twice primarily because he was against abortion but there is nothing in his record to show any accomplishments in this area?

Are evangelicals duped by politicians who say they are against abortion but then do nothing to even try to reduce it? In my mind the answer is an emphatic “yes”. I know I used to get this message regularly from the pulpit. Abortion was the driving issue and nothing else mattered.  I do grieve that abortion happens in this country and around the world for that fact. But since it is now the law of the land in almost every country in the world  except the Muslim dominated Middle East I don’t see much of a chance of eliminating it. So, when it comes to politicians the “A” word is just not much of a factor in who I vote for.  Instead I look at how the politician treats those who are living on the margins of society. To me those folks who are living in very cruel circumstances are as important as the lives that were never realized due to abortion.

Jesus, who is the foundation of my spiritual being didn’t have much if anything to say about abortion but he had loads to say about loving your neighbor and taking care of the poor. His words found in the Bible in 1John 3:16 are paramount in my life.

This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us.  And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters.  If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them,  how can the love of God be in that person?  Dear children,  let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.  

Jesus says here that if you don’t have pity for those less fortunate than yourself then you don’t have the love of God in your life! That is a pretty dramatic statement that doesn’t get preached about much in our present day churches but was very prevalent in the early Christian church. I just can’t understand how those who scream about abortion can then go and enthusisatically  rip the safety net out from under the poor.  Of course I am making a generalized statement here that certainly doesn’t apply to all Evangelicals.  I was an Evangelical myself once and these words certainly don’t apply to me then or now.

Instead of concentrating on eliminating abortion, those who scream the “A” word should be strenuously working to reduce its occurrence instead of  trying to make it against the law. They should put most of the energy they throw at the “A” word and use it to help their brothers and sisters in need.

7 thoughts on “The “A” Word and Evangelicals….

  • I just can’t understand how those who scream about abortion can then go and enthusisatically rip the safety net out from under the poor.

    Easy. They need a scapegoat because they are being used. It hurts to see the cold hard facts about it (proven each and every elections cycle). Republicans campaign on loopy social conservatism and then govern with loopy fiscal conservatism, ignoring the social planks of what they promised because rolling back society to 1920’s rights-wise is not economically viable, thus the social conservative stuff gets quietly shuffled off to the side.

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  • Welcome Arbourist. That is certainly one opinion and I can’t argue against most of it. I just wished I knew what is really in the hearts of the Tea Party radicals? Is it greed, self centered, survival of the fittest, total dispassion? What makes this group tick? Do they have any life values? It seems impossible to actually have a discussion with most of them before they turn it into a scream-fest….

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    • I would put forward the effectiveness of the Tea Party has to do with the idea that they are not a “homegrown” grassroots movement but rather and AstroTurfed faux populist movement that represent elite interests.

      Why would a group have life values when they are unnecessary with regards to making profits?

      It seems impossible to actually have a discussion with most of them before they turn it into a scream-fest….

      How do you have a discussion when one side or the other already “knows the truth”? Unless people are willing to think for themselves (no thanks to religion) these argumentative brick walls are not going anywhere anytime soon.

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  • My, you know some strange Republicans.
    I know quite a few who would not scream at you—but you know that. It is so much easier to lump all people together (like all liberals love abortion).
    BTW- the fastest rising group of those who have abortions are middle and upper middle class women. They are not poor, they simply want to have unprotected sex and still climb the all important ladder.

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    • They are not poor, they simply want to have unprotected sex and still climb the all important ladder.

      Even if this was accurate, which of course, it is not. How do these woman having unprotected sex and climbing the ladder effect you?

      One possibility is that you are playing the slut-shamming angle: How dare women have sex? Serves them right if they get preggers and should suffer the consequences for it. This argument works well in the pre-20th century, but if you observe closely were in the 21st. Just sayn’.

      Another possibility is that you really believe what you wrote and are angry as hell at people who don’t share your views on sexual conduct.

      Either way the problem seems to lie with you, not *those other women*. Having laws that impinge on female autonomy will not fix the problem, it will just dis-empower women in society.

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      • By insulting one of my regular commentors, you are pushing the edge here Arbourist. Try to be a little more civil in future comments please….

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  • Hi Janette, thanks again for the comment. But, you need to read the post again I was talking about the radical right tea party Republicans not Republicans in general. Yes, I do know the difference. I think there are still many moderates in the party but they don’t seem to have a voice in much now.
    And yes as I said I do mourn about the number of abortions that take place in the world at large and especially in the U.S.

    Here are some statistics in this area:
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    Fifty percent of U.S. women obtaining abortion are younger than 25: Women aged 20-24 obtain 33% of all abortions, and teenagers obtain 17%.

    37% of abortions occur with black women, 34% with non-Hispanic white women, 22% to Hispanic women and 8% to women of other races.

    Women who obtain abortion represent every religious affiliation. 43% of women obtaining abortion identify themselves as Protestant, and 27% as Catholic; and 13% of abortion patients describe themselves as born-again or Evangelical Christians.

    Most women receiving abortion (83%) are unmarried. Women who have never married obtain two-thirds of all abortions. 16% are separated, divorced, or widowed. Married women are significantly less likely than unmarried women to resolve unintended pregnancies through abortion. About 60% of abortions are obtained by women who have one or more child.

    The abortion rate among women living below the federal poverty level ($9,570.) is per women (below 100% of poverty) is nearly four times that of women above 200% of poverty (112 vs. 29 per 1000 women).
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    It does surprise me that almost half describe themselves as Christians and very young women. This is an area where the church could have an effect if only they addressed with a different approach.

    One-third are white.

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