It’s that time once again when political machines are cranked up and we will hear the 24/7 mantra, “This is the most important presidential election ever!”
And like past elections, we can expect to see social issues served up as hors d’oeuvres to us hungry voters in the early stages of the campaigns, with abortion being one of the special dishes.
On the one team, the presidential nominee will swear allegiance to Roe v. Wade and the supposed right of a woman to choose whether a baby should continue living in her womb or not. Then, of course, the nominee will utter the required asides to those in his audiences who might disagree with his pro-choice views, “I myself am against abortion, but I believe the decision should be made by pregnant women and not by us politicians.”
The other team’s presidential nominee will throw out well-chewed bones to his pro-life audiences. He will mention God, numerous Bible scriptures, the Bill of Rights’ claims for babies in wombs, and countless other ear tickling pro-life statements. Yet, he, too, will wink his eye and toss out asides to his audiences, by adding, “Although I’m against abortion, I will follow the laws of the land and serve all the people.”
Yada. Yada. Yada. Yada. Yada. Yada. Yada.
This social issue campaign cycle will eventually pass as the so-called main courses arrive at our tables. These entree selections will include: the economy, unemployment, imigration, Afghanistan, Iraq, Israel, national debt, energy independence, Wall Street, and so forth.
So, will Roe v. Wade ever be overturned?
America had its chance on November 4, 2008, to elect two pro-life candidates (McCain and Palin) to the White House, but instead, our nation elected two pro-abortion candidates (Obama and Biden).
Now, I understand there were other campaign issues besides abortion in 2008 and that John McCain and Sarah Palin were imperfect candidates, but then again, Samuel’s two sons were imperfect candidates to replace the prophet as the Judge of Israel in 1050 BC. Thus, the people clamored for change.
What did God do?
“Do everything they say to you,” the LORD replied, “for it is Me they are rejecting, not you. They don’t want Me to be their king any longer. (1 Samuel 8: 7 NLT)
God gave the Israeli people exactly what they wanted – a king. And soon enough, the Israelis regretted their decision, but Israel never again returned to a system where God was the only king over the nation. The people did live under the reigns of a few good kings, but mostly, they suffered under bad kings, whose sins caused Israel immense grief, of which many of these same problems still remain today.
Therefore, if Israel is a living testimony we can watch and learn from, then I believe Roe v. Wade will never be overturned. McCain and Palin had the right heart attitudes on abortion, but were judged by the voters to be imperfect on other issues. Thus, they were not elected.
Since the election, two new justices have been selected for the Supreme Court. Both endorse Roe v. Wade and owe their allegiances to liberal politicians. They will most likely never vote to overturn current abortion laws.
Sadly, we Americans print “In God We Trust” on our money but do not trust Him enough to work through imperfect candidates so that the guilt of murdering 50 million babies could be removed from our land. We may soon regret our 2008 voting decisions, but like Israel, it will be too late.
Yet, I believe the sting in Roe v. Wade will soon be lessened.
(Continued in Part 2)