(Tim) Natalie is a longtime friend of the Bayly family--particularly our eldest daughter, Heather. This afternoon, Heather forwarded this e-mail she received from Natalie earlier today, and I asked Heather if Natalie would permit my posting it? Natalie was fine with it. I appreciated very much what she had to say and thought it would strengthen our readers, also. So here are the post-election thoughts and feelings of a young Christian wife and mother named (Mrs.) Natalie Calhoun.
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I'm feeling pensive and sad this morning. It has less to do with who won the election, though I am disappointed in that result. It has much more to do with who voted for him. Perhaps I was naive to believe that people I respected in college, who, I thought, shared my world view, would think the same as me. But I don't understand this wave of young Christian people who supported and voted for Obama. I really want to understand.
I have heard a lot about social justice with regard to this election. I'm for justice. I'm for taking care of "the least of these". I believe that "true religion is taking care of widows and orphans." What I can't get over is the complete disregard for the value of life that is represented by Obama and how a Christian can support that...
I live less than two miles from the largest Planned Parenthood in the country. I would not be able to stop weeping if I could truly wrap my brain around the horrors that happen in that building nearly everyday. Where is the justice in that? Does anyone really think that the same God who condemned the nations around Israel who practiced child sacrifice in the OT looks with dispassion or approval upon the murder of the millions of babies is this country that happen every year? Although we don't "pass our children through the fire" to appease false gods, we allow the murder of unborn children in the name of convenience. When a society can't think properly about the inherent value in a precious life, it can't think properly about anything else. How small of a step is to decide that the elderly, the ill, or the "uproductive" are inconvenient and disposable. And don't tell me that our President-elect is not pro-abortion. He has promised to push legislation that will overturn all state restrictions on abortion. And he gets a 100% rating from Planned Parenthood. That tells me all I need to know on that topic.
On taking care of the poor...who gives more...liberals or conservatives? Who puts their money where their values are...and who wants to take care of the needy with other people's money. It doesn't take much research to answer that question. And God's command is personal, not societal. When the government takes more of my money, it becomes harder for me to obey the Lord's command to give...because Uncle Sam has taken everything...and I have a family to provide for as well.
Our God is a Holy God who commands us to be holy as He is holy. What is holy about abortion, gay marriage? I have no real love for the Republican party. They have left conservative Christians and their values. But the Democratic party abhorrs and denounces us. They support Planned Parenthood, which kills children and harms women. They support the NEA, which wants the hearts of our children and to stop us from homeschooling. They support NOW, who think women like me, who devote their lives to their children, are parasites on society.
So, while I respect everyone's right to vote their conscience, and I'm proud to have done so yesterday, I am deeply saddened today. And I pray that God will have mercy on our country. I pray that He will return our hearts to Him...that we will humble ourselves, pray and turn from our wicked ways. And then He will heal our land.