While the economy has taken center stage during this season’s political campaign, there is a more fundamental issue that voters need to take into account when considering the candidates. That issue is where a candidate stands on abortion.
Ever since the infamous Roe v. Wade decision in 1973, a candidate’s position on abortion has been regarded as a defining issue. During this election cycle, where a candidate stands on abortion hardly defines him at all. This should not be.
Where a candidate stands on life needs to be brought to light. Voters also need to realize that a candidate’s position on this issue is critical. So critical that pro-abortion candidates show themselves to be disqualified because they are incapable of fulfilling the most basic duty of one who governs.
Life begins at conception. Scripture has taught this for millennia – “Thou didst form my inward parts; Thou didst weave me in my mother’s womb. I will give thanks to Thee, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made” (Ps.139:13,14). Today, when you add the recent technological advances that have given us a window to the womb, the time that life begins and the personhood of the unborn are hardly debated.
Life is to be protected, especially when it comes to the most vulnerable. Those who are being taken away to death are to be delivered (Pr.24:11), and the obligation of defending “the least of these” applies to all of us. One way we fulfill this obligation is by paying attention to where a candidate stands on the abortion issue, and making sure we are not complicit in his promotion of death.
If the obligation to protect the weakest among us belongs to all of us, it falls even stronger upon those who have the authority to ensure the protection of the unborn. The Bible teaches us that civil rulers are ministers of justice (Rom.13:4). They are charged by God to preserve the life and liberty of those who are made in His image – including the unborn.
When a candidate takes a pro-abortion stance, he reveals upfront that he will not fulfill this duty. He makes a plain statement that under his or her rule there are some who will not be protected. In this regard, pro-abortion candidates are fundamentally flawed and unfit for office.