Philosopher Douglas Goothuis has a call out to younger evangelicals, which I would extend even to those Christians who don’t particularly consider themselves evangelical. I struggle with the political bondage that some politicians believe they can hold Christians in over this issue, and by all means just because we agree with them on this one issue doesn’t mean we shouldn’t challenge them on others (like the environment, poverty etc…). The political landscape in America today may seem like a moral desert in which one is constantly choosing between the lesser evil, but I’m not convinced that this isn’t simply a human reality. In the midst of such a reality, headway isn’t made by letting go of one non-negotiable in order to pursue other ends. Instead, Christians need to stand up for each of these positive goods. Legislation may require compromise at times, but you can’t compromise your core convictions and come out unscathed… we need to be reminded of Mark 8:36 it seems.
There is an interesting debate taking place in the comments section as well. As a priest and pastor, I try to stay out of overt political activism, but I do think issues are important, and there are certainly enough moral quandaries flying around in this election cycle.:
It appears that millions of evangelicals, especially younger ones, are experiencing fetus fatigue. They are tired of the abortion issue taking center stage; it is time to move on to newer, hipper things–the sort of issues that excite Bono: aid to Africa, the environment, and cool tattoos. Abortion has been legal since they were born; it is the old guard that gets exercised about millions of abortions over the years. So, let’s not worry that Barak Obama and Hillary are pro-choice. That is a secondary issue. After all, neither could do that much damage regarding this issue.
Evangelicals (if that word has any meaning), for God’s sake, please wake up and remember the acres of tiny corpses you cannot see. Yes, the Christian social vision is holistic. We should endeavor to restore shalom to this beleaguered planet. That includes helping Africa, preserving the environment, and much more. However, the leading domestic moral issue remains the value of helpless human life. Since Roe v. Wade, approximately 50 million unborn humans have been killed through abortion. Stalin said, “One death is a tragedy. A million dead is a statistic.” Too many are now Stalinists on abortion. The numbers mean nothing, apparently. The vast majority of these abortions were not done to save the life of the mother, a provision I take to be justified. Things have reached the point where bumper stickers say, “Don’t like abortion, don’t have one.” It is simply a matter of private, subjective taste. But how about this: “Don’t like slavery, don’t own slaves”? Two human beings are involved in this matter, inescapably.