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#21525 - Mon Jan 31, 2005 2:07 PM Political poll, abortion  
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May a Christian vote for a pro-abortion candidate?

Political Abortion Poll
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Votes accepted starting: Mon Jan 31, 2005 1:00 AM
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#21526 - Mon Jan 31, 2005 2:47 PM Re: Political poll, abortion [Re: li0scc0]  
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Sorry, but here is another Poll that I feel doesn't offer an option to choose from that I can agree with. <img src="/forum/images/graemlins/laugh.gif" alt="" /> I am particularly bothered by the word, "can", which means "ability", but I am reading it as denoting "may", i.e., does a Christian have permission; is he/she "allowed" to vote for a Pro-Choice candidate? The issue that isn't addressed is the fact that a genuinely converted Christian can and does make choices which are contrary to biblical mandate, principle, etc., due to the inconsistencies that occur from one still being a sinner; aka: simul iustus et peccator.

Although you haven't stated it, one could assume that it would be perfectly acceptable to vote for a candidate who was "Pro-Life" against one who was "Pro-Choice (death)" even though the "Pro-Choice" candidate was unqualified for the office he/she was running for, held to other unbiblical views, etc. Although I do consider the abortion, euthanasia, etc., issues very important, they aren't the sole basis upon which I would determine who to vote for.

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#21527 - Mon Jan 31, 2005 3:15 PM Re: Political poll, abortion [Re: Pilgrim]  
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Pilgrim, well said!

I would also add that voting for a pro-choice President or legislator would be different than voting for a pro-choice chief of police or couty clerk. Unless I'm mistaken, neither the police chief nor the county clerk would make decisions in regard to abortion issues.

Although, whether or not one is pro-life or pro-choice certainly would give you an idea of their overall worldview. Like Pilgrim said, there are other issues to look at. These positions are not formed in a vacuumm.


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#21528 - Mon Jan 31, 2005 3:23 PM Re: Political poll, abortion [Re: Pilgrim]  
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"Can" has been changed to "may".


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#21529 - Tue Feb 01, 2005 4:25 PM Re: Political poll, abortion [Re: Pilgrim]  

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Politicians cover the spectrum in their views. As has been said, sometimes it wouldn't matter as much for local officials who have little or no direct bearing on state and federal decisions. Sheriffs, county councilmen, school boards members, etc., may fall into this category.

Picking a person to vote for means you're picking between two sinners. This always means that we must tolerate something we disagree with, with nearly every person we meet, in order to maintain personal relationships. We often do this when deciding upon which local church to worship at. None are perfect, but there are generally acceptable options most everywhere.

One thing I always consider is the politicians world-view. Here is where I really have a problem with a pro-abortion candidate. While this is an issue of abortion, I think it's part of a whole-world-view of the candidate. How one views privacy issues, government intrusion issues, personal rights issues, etc., are all part of a whole belief system. Anybody pro-abortion is, in my opinion, beginning their world-view on a terrible foundation. This causes me to question nearly everything else about the individuals belief system.

While, in an extreme situation, vote for an openly pro-abortion candidate, it would take an extraordinary set of circumstances.


God bless,

william


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