Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Obama vs McCain, and the great abortion debate


It's the height of the American presidential elections, by far a landmark in democratic history because, for the first time, a colored man is vying for the most powerful seat in the land.

So far, Barrack Obama is leading John McCain in the Gallup Polls, and political analysts, at least those I've heard, are almost unanimous in declaring a landslide victory for the Democratic candidate.

In recent history, I've never seen people express support for a political candidate with the an overflow of hope and love as they have for Senator Obama. That's understandable because he not only has the brains, he has charisma.

American election should serve as an example

In this election, it is an encouragement to see that people have finally transcended their racist biases. America, a mature democracy, should serve as an example to the Philippines in terms of how an election must be carried out: policies first before personalities. That's hardly the case in the country where a majority of people are voting for candidates on the basis of their popularity, not knowing their candidates' platforms and stands of certain issues.

My qualms with Obama: the abortion debate

Justin Taylor
calls this a watershed election with regard to abortion:

Barack Obama has promised to make signing the Freedom of Choice Act his first order of business in the White House--and with a Democratic Congress, he will be able to make this happen.

Taylor further explains what the Freedom of Choice Act entails, quoting David Feddoso:
His bill would effectively cancel every state, federal, and local regulation of abortion, no matter how modest or reasonable. It would even, according to the National Organization of Women, abolish all state restrictions on government funding for abortions. If Obama becomes president and lives up to this promise, then everyone who pays income tax will be paying an abortionist to perform an abortion.
The right perspective

It is God who ultimately appoints kings and every kind of leader on earth. Whoever will get that seat has been ordained by God to rule over the land.

We must be prayerful, as well, thanking the Lord for the freedom He's given to choose our own leaders. We must be insightful, evaluating carefully the policies of the candidates, keeping in mind Biblical principles and truths.

Finally, we must realize that while we are in this world, we are not of it.

I suggest you watch John Piper's thoughts on the election:

I also encourage you to read John Piper's prayer for the upcoming election and pray it, too.

In all things, including politics, the Church, and our daily lives, we must pray, "Thy will be done."


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