Barack Obama (VII): The destruction of bodies AND souls...
(From Joshua Congrove) Barack Obama is a figure of carefully crafted modesty. Whether in his nuanced, nebulous "positions," or in his studied, opaque demeanor, Obama's power has been his ability to promise radical change in a cloak of moderation and modesty. And despite the fact that his positions on abortion are actually worse (God forbid) than Clinton's, he has managed to convince Christians (I know many) of his moderation, or at least his overall acceptability. I mean, even if one disagrees with him on abortion, it's not the only issue, right? What about poverty, illiteracy, spiritual insensitivity, education, disenfranchisement, immigration?
Ah, yes, yes. How often I remember Scripture's warnings about the dangers of illegal immigration! How keenly I recall the prophets thundering against illiteracy! How vociferously do the apostles denounce habitat destruction!
And how could we forget Paul's enviable sensitivity to the religious traditions of the Athenians? Well, okay, maybe Paul is a lost cause; but how about the Apostle of love? Viewed from the proper perspective and shorn of his cultural baggage, surely he would have recognized the complex array of issues that confront Christians today.
Of course he recognized it: "If a man say 'I love God,' and hates his brother, he is a liar: for he that loves not his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen?" Provoked by images of suffering, we make a big show of our compassion towards woes distant and unseen; but the glaring murder of our children here is all too clear and bloody, and thus we must suppress it. And so if, as we are often told, all men are indeed brothers, then abortion is the greatest example of fratricide the world has ever known, because it is the closest.
Citizen kills citizen, brother slays brother, mother murders daughter—but of course, it's not the only issue, right?
No, it's not the only issue, but it is a fundamental issue. We cannot claim to be concerned about the poor and their quality of life until we confront our nation's disregard for that life itself. We neglect the poor by failing to recognize that to battle abortion is to battle poverty, for it is a scourge on the poor above all. How interesting it is that the early church, which was composed mostly of the poor, showed such care for the infants constantly left to die alongside the road! Indeed, early Christians faced many accusations of impiety, but never the charge of abandonment, for it was common knowledge then that Christians cared for life at all stages. Is this still our claim to fame?
So in the end, why will I not support Obama? Because what Jonathan Swift modestly proposed in sarcasm, Barack Obama modestly maintains in deadly earnest. Because this "symbol of the disenfranchised" has hallmarked his campaign by a contempt for the helpless among us. Because the blood of America's children cries out from the ground while candidates of "change" say, "Am I my brother's keeper?" And because to support Mr. Obama's aspirations is to promote the destruction of bodies AND souls--not only the bodies of little ones who are made to stumble and be crushed, but also the souls of those (not least his own) who accede to these wicked policies and test the word of our Lord, even while the millstone tightens round their necks.
If you truly love Mr. Obama, call him to repentance--not leadership. Demand that he who names the name of Christ depart from evil. And care for his soul by not promoting him to an office where he can labor further on the chain of wickedness he has forged.