If a Christian is “pro-life,” shouldn’t that also include the lives of those our government chooses to kill abroad in undeclared wars, including those of our own armed forces? So why is it that a few Christian groups in Iowa have shunned Ron Paul in favor of the remaining warmongering candidates as we move closer to the Iowa caucus in January? This article will explain why, and also challenge Christians on what the real meaning of “sanctity of life” is.
Influence of the Media In Christian America
Those who control what we watch each day on television, especially the news and commentary coming from Fox News and MSNBC, have a clear agenda. That agenda is to continually divide Americans. In keeping this division controversial, the media gets good ratings and advertisers, the one’s who pay the bills for those in the media, keep buying more ads. This is a simplistic view of how things work in the media, but at the same time, it is easy for us to pin point one’s point of view by what these reporters of the news say. I mean, we’re not stupid right? We’ve read what the Bible says about life of the unborn, but what does Jesus say about wars and what do we really know about Christian just war theory (article coming soon)? Don’t ask Sean Hannity.
Sanctity of life is an issue that Christians need to decipher for themselves rather than be influenced by the media and so called Christian groups that choose war loving candidates that want to expand the war into Iran, rather than a candidate such as Ron Paul who not only is anti-abortion, but also believes in the sanctity of life for soldiers and the innocents killed with the multiple wars our nation subjects our troops to. You can’t have one without the other. A life is a life, whether it is on American soil in an abortion clinic or in the mountains of Afghanistan. It’s not just about our precious lives here on American soil. There is a whole world of God’s people out there that America needs to lead by example in reaching out to in love, not in hate.
Which brings me to two Christian groups from Iowa that recently chose to shun a true pro-life candidate, Ron Paul for those who might be anti-abortion (although Romney has clearly played both sides of that issue), yet support Bush’s “War On Terror” or Obama’s renamed, “Overseas Contingency Operation.”
Christian Groups Choosing Pro-death Candidates
An article came out recently on Yahoo called Saint Paul: Inside Ron Paul’s effort to convince Christian conservatives that he’s their man. In this article, two Christian groups were interviewed as to whether or not they would recommend Christian voters choose a candidate that believes in the sanctity of life. Since abortion is the main issue with Christians, it is important to know where each candidate stands on the issue. However, to not include one’s viewpoint on the lives of the innocents who are killed from the bombs we drop in Pakistan (via the CIA) or the undeclared wars we fight in Iraq and Afghanistan can’t be discounted. Their lives count too, along with the lives of those in the armed forces that our government sends to fight their wars (not our wars as I didn’t vote for them and they are undeclared per the Constitution). Soldiers do what they are told to do. To do otherwise would be considered a derelict of duty. So yes, some soldiers, despite the Bible saying “Thou Shalt Not Kill,” are forced to kill for the state. The Bible is clear on self-defense, but killing for the state (someone telling you to drop a bomb on an alleged terrorist hideout in Pakistan for example), and taking the lives of innocents, is an issue that those Christians in the military must consider as to it’s Biblical backing. I repeat, for those who might jump to conclusions, there is a difference between defending one’s self and one’s country, and killing those whom our government says to kill in an undeclared war.
The first Christian group that chose pro-death candidates over the only true pro-life candidate, Ron Paul, was The Family Leader, run by former Iowa chairman for Mike Huckabee’s (victorious in Iowa) presidential campaign, Bob Vander Plaats. One must remember, that Mike Huckabee, a former pastor, was also pro-death in his 2008 Presidential run as he supported Bush’s war on terror, like all the other candidates running in 2008, sans Ron Paul, including eventual front runner John McCain. How did McCain work out against Obama? Did Christians learn anything? At least this time voters can see that Obama was clearly providing lip service to the anti-war crowd as he told voters that bringing the troops home would be the first thing he did in office. So much for promises. Will the one’s who don’t want war choose the only candidate from the Left or Right who opposes war this time around?
Bob Vander Plaats said this about Ron Paul’s position on being pro-life; “Although we believe he’s right on the sanctity of human life, we believe he’s wrong when it’s left to state’s rights issues.” He then compares it to slavery and allowing states to choose slavery or not, which is a ridiculous assumption. If you look at The Family Leader home page, it is clear they are behind serial marriage and pro-death candidate Newt Gingrich.
What I find real interesting is this group criticizes Paul’s stance on the sanctity of life yet on it’s own Sanctity of Life page says nothing yet;
It seems to me they care more about influencing your vote rather than the sanctity of life. Where is the priority here?
The other group criticizing Ron Paul was the Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition whose leader is Steve Scheffler, also the state’s Republican national committeeman. The Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition that Scheffler runs “about” section says the following;
We are a non-profit organization that seeks to make a difference in the public arena regarding the issues that matter most. We stand for integrity in government, high moral values, constitutional authority, and Christian principles. Our purpose is to educate and influence voters and politicians to keep their commitment to both liberty and law; that America may continue to be one nation under God. We are not tied to any political party. The Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition (IFFC) is formerly known as the Iowa Christian Alliance (ICA).
However, when Scheffler told the Des Moines Register on November 30th that they would not be endorsing a candidate, he let something slip that didn’t equate to the “about” section above (see highlighted words);
I believe that it is the role of our members and supporters to endorse the candidate of their choice. There are many strong conservative candidates running and while none of them
are perfect, our October 22nd Banquet highlighted for me just how blessed we are to have so many strong pro-life, pro-family, pro-national security and pro-freedom candidates running for the GOP nomination.
Since when did being “pro-national security” become a Christian value? Is there any candidate running who is not “pro-national security?” It’s obvious to me that Scheffler might have an agenda by lumping in “pro-national security” with these other Christian issues. Where in Jesus teachings does it talk about being pro-national security?
By the way, pro-life candidate Ron Paul is the only candidate who actually served in the military. He receives more from the military by way of donations than any other candidate (see chart below). He’s been married for 51 years to the same person, and he is a Christian, but believes in the rights of non-Christians in a country that believes all men are created equal and have the same right to life, liberty and the pursuit of their own happiness. Paul also declined reality TV star Donald Trump’s attempt at moderating a Presidential debate in late December. Ron Paul was one of the first to decline the invitation saying “allowing Trump to moderate a Presidential debate is beneath the office of the Presidency and flies in the face of that office’s history and dignity.” Newt Gingrich accepted serial marriage former Presidential candidate Trumps invitation. At least Ron Paul has some integrity.
One has to ask, why does the military give more to Ron Paul than any other candidate? Perhaps they too care about life.
Constitutional Amendment vs. States
It seems the main beef with Ron Paul from these groups is that Ron Paul wants to leave it to the states to decide on the abortion issue. For some reason these Christian leaders have a problem with this. Yet under Bush 1 and 2, as well as Reagan, the Supreme Court has not overturned Roe v. Wade. Ron Paul’s point is simply it is not the government’s place to decide for all (by Federal mandate) and it should be up to each state to decide this issue. At least in making it a states issue, there would be some states that would outlaw abortion. This saves lives people. Obviously what’s been tried isn’t working. But it sure does make for a good cause to raise money to keep the fight going doesn’t it? I imagine there would be plenty of organizations that would lose out if states were to make the decisions. This is a billion dollar industry folks.
According to LifeNews.com:
Paul signed the pro-life pledge of the Susan B. Anthony List to support more abortion limits, de-funding the Planned Parenthood abortion business, and to nominate, as president, judges who would respect the Constitution and not legislate from the bench on abortion.
Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony List, told the Catholic newspaper she believes Paul is pro-life and would advance the pro-life cause as president.
“Rep. Paul has made his pro-life position one of prominence in his race for the White House, and we trust that, if elected president, Mr. Paul would continue the fight at a federal level by appointing strict constructionist judges to the Supreme Court, working to defund Planned Parenthood and advancing a Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act,” she said.
“As a physician,” Dannenfelser added, “few know better than Ron Paul the horrors of abortion: that is, the taking of innocent life. This experience gives him firsthand knowledge of why this election is a must-win for the pro-life movement and that President Barack Obama, the most pro-abortion president in history, must be defeated.”
Meanwhile…back to the non-abortion lives that can be saved…
None Of These Wars Would Be Fought Without the Federal Reserve Funding Them
Congress, both the House and Senate currently passed a bill that will add $662 billion for national defense into the budget and making it harder to fight terrorism according to the FBI, the intelligence agencies, the Justice Department and the Pentagon will “will hinder anti-terrorism efforts.” These are the people you voted for. Do they not realize the cost for holding prisoners in Guantanamo Bay is $800,000 per inmate?
Where do you think this money comes from? It is either funded by inflation or higher taxes. Since we know politicians don’t get elected by saying “I’m going to raise your taxes,” (think Walter Mondale here), then guess what your future holds?
Note To Voters; You can’t have war and empire and lower taxes. When the Romans couldn’t conquer neighboring countries and steal their gold any longer, they had to debase the gold coins to maintain the Kings, Queens and those in the Inner Circle’s lifestyle. In other words, they debased the currency to maintain power and privilege. This is exactly what the elite are doing to us today. Most of you don’t realize the effect of what the Fed just did in giving their favored banks and even other countries, $7.77 trillion. This accounts to almost $25,000 per man woman and child in America. Do we really expect these countries to pay back this money? If so, you are the type of person who bought that swampland real estate in Florida. Wake up People! Watch this video and see what the Fed did, then read my comments posted below it. Sorry to be harsh for those that bought real estate in Florida. I suggest you start following other sources of media (including my blog over at Buy Gold and Silver Safely) to get the truth.
Ronald Reagan said the following in 1977 at the CPAC Convention;
Our party must be the party of the individual. It must not sell out the individual to cater to the group. No greater challenge faces our society today than ensuring that each one of us can maintain his dignity and his identity in an increasingly complex, centralized society.
Extreme taxation, excessive controls, oppressive government competition with business, galloping inflation, frustrated minorities and forgotten Americans are not the products of free enterprise. They are the residue of centralized bureaucracy, of government by a self-anointed elite.
Our party must be based on the kind of leadership that grows and takes its strength from the people. Any organization is in actuality only the lengthened shadow of its members. A political party is a mechanical structure created to further a cause. The cause, not the mechanism, brings and holds the members together. And our cause must be to rediscover, reassert and reapply America’s spiritual heritage to our national affairs.
Then with God’s help we shall indeed be as a city upon a hill with the eyes of all people upon us.
It’s your America, not the media’s or the elite or the neo-conservatives or neo-liberals who lust for war. Do with your vote what you want as you have free will to do so. But if you are truly pro-life, then make your vote for the lives of all, not just the unborn. Make your vote for Ron Paul.