— The Preaching and Teaching Ministry of Kevin A. Pierpont

Your vote – one issue more important than any other?

The elections are nearing. Quite a stir has been caused by John McCain’s choice of Sarah Palin as a candidate for Vice President. Likely the biggest reason for the static over the pick of Governor Sarah Palin is that she has taken a firm stand on protecting life. But the roller coaster financial situation is front and center news this week. There will likely be some other hot topic issue in a week or two.

check-markWhenever we near key elections the question often posed by some believers is, “What issue or issues are most important to consider when deciding for whom I should cast my vote?”

But the question for me is not, “Who will do the most for the economy?” or “Who will bring our troops home the quickest?” The number one question for me when determining for whom I will vote is this: “Who will do the most to protect and preserve the lives of unborn babies?”

My concern when determining who gets my vote has less to do with the financial situation or the war on terror and much more to do with what God expects of us as a people — it has to do with how we as a nation protect or fail to protect the lives of unborn children.

This week Josh Harris shared correspondence on just this issue. Take the time to read this exchange Josh had with a family considering membership in the church he pastors. I think he has clearly and graciously stated the importance of considering the value of life over all other issues. Click here to read: “Correspondence on Abortion and Voting”.

Josh’s piece also reminded me of a brief article by John Piper I read a few years ago. Click here to read: “One-Issue Politics, One-Issue Marriage, and the Humane Society”.

And Al Mohler’s recent blog post on the issue of abortion is well worth your time as well. Click here to read: “Pressure to Keep the Baby? — The Descent Continues”.

I pray that believers will not stay home on November 4, 2008, but will cast their vote after they have prayerfully considered the abortion issue from a Biblical perspective. For me there is no issue of greater importance.

Update – Friday; October 17, 2008: Randy Alcorn shares why he will not be voting for Obama. Not Cool: Obama’s Pro-abortion Stance, and Christians enabling him

“So, does God care about who his children vote for? In many cases, with not much difference between them, I doubt it. But here’s what he says about the needy and afflicted who have no one to help them and are on the brink of death:

“For God will deliver the needy who cry out, the afflicted who have no one to help. He will take pity on the weak and the needy and save the needy from death. He will rescue them from oppression and violence, for precious is their blood in his sight.” (Psalm 72:12-14)”