“Single-issue voter” is often used as a negative label to describe someone whose vote is limited to one primary concern. This concern often involves the issue of abortion and supporting candidates who want to overturn Roe v. Wade. Are you a single-issue voter? Should you be more well-rounded? What does God think?
In the landmark case of Roe v. Wade, 410 U.S. 113 (1973), the United States Supreme Court held that a pregnant woman has a “constitutional” right to obtain an abortion. But states can prohibit abortion if the unborn child is “viable” (meaning capable of sustained survival outside of the womb). But even if viable, states may not prohibit an abortion if the procedure is necessary to preserve the pregnant woman’s life or “health.” “Health” includes physical, emotional, psychological, familial, and the woman’s age., Doe v. Bolton 410 U.S. 179 (1973). So practically speaking, a woman can elect to have an abortion anytime during her pregnancy.
As a result, it is estimated that 55+ million babies have been aborted over the past 40+ years. In frank terms, this means that over 1 million babies are being killed every year (see my blog post, God & Fetal Body Parts). This used to be called a holocaust or genocide, but today it has simply become a political topic that gets lumped in with immigration, gun control, and taxes. Let me ask you, is there any topic more important to address than killing babies?
During the life and ministry of Jesus, you will be hard pressed to see Him weigh in on any political topics relating to taxes, immigration, or home safety. In fact, when confronted with these topics, He simply avoided the issue (see my blog post, Is God a Republican?). On the other hand, Jesus reinforced the importance of preserving life and God’s law not to murder (c.f. Luke 18:20). He also reinforced God’s perspective when it comes to valuing children…
Mark 10:14 – “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.”
In other words, when we talk about being a “single-issue voter” and being more concerned about pro-life issues and overturning Roe v. Wade, it may be a limited political perspective but it is certainly a godly perspective. This may be a stretch, but if Jesus were to vote in this upcoming election, what biblical truths do you think would inform His decision? Shouldn’t that be what informs our decisions?
It seems to me that viewing abortion as a primary or single-issue matter is a biblical and godly approach to voting regardless of what the world may say. In fact, other than maybe feeding the poor, which would come in a distant second, I can’t see any other topic competing for God’s number one slot. Remember He is the creator of life!
So if you get negatively labeled as a “single-issue voter” this upcoming election because of your pro-life stance, don’t worry about it or take it personally. You’re in good company with Jesus!
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