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    ... From: Lutherans For Life To: Silviu Despa Date: Monday, November 06, 2000 6:27 PM Subject: ENCORE: IS ABORTION AN
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      From: Lutherans For Life <lfl-net@...>
      To: Silviu Despa <provita@...>
      Date: Monday, November 06, 2000 6:27 PM
      Subject: ENCORE: IS ABORTION AN ELECTION ISSUE?


      >Lutherans For Life - http://www.lutheransforlife.org
      >
      >As we head for the polls on November 7th, here is an encore presentation
      >of Dr. Lamb's work, "Is Abortion An Election Issue?" Keep in mind these
      >thoughtful insights, and share them with others!
      >
      >Bob Ley
      >
      >++++++++++++++++++
      >
      >IS ABORTION AN ELECTION ISSUE?
      >by Dr. James I. Lamb - LFL Executive Director
      >
      >"I could never vote for anyone who favors the destruction of innocent life
      >in the womb," Sam stated bluntly. Fred replied, "I'm opposed to abortion
      >as much as you are, Sam, but there are other issues you know."
      >
      >Sincere and well-meaning Christians who oppose abortion too often speak of
      >it as if it were on a par with tax cuts, Medicare, or Social Security.
      >There are many "Freds" out there. Maybe you know a "Fred." Maybe you are a
      >"Fred"! You want to be fair-minded, and you do not want to be labeled a
      >"one issue" voter.
      >
      >If you really think about it, abortion is more than an "election issue."
      >
      >God speaks to some of the political issues of our day but in a way that
      >gives the Christian plenty of "wiggle" room. For example, God speaks about
      >taxes. He tells us to give to "Caesar" what is his. However, He does not
      >talk about tax structures or the IRS. Therefore, Christians may debate
      >about how much they think "Caesar" should be taking or about how he should
      >be taking it.
      >
      >God speaks about salvation but not about how to save the Social Security
      >system. Therefore, Christians may debate about the pros and cons of
      >privatization.
      >
      >God speaks about caring for the elderly but not about Medicare. Therefore,
      >Christians may debate about the best way to help the elderly pay for
      >prescriptions.
      >
      >God speaks differently, however, about destroying innocent human life, and
      >there is no "wiggle" room. He says: "You shall not murder."
      >
      >We must not forget what abortion is. All the rhetoric surrounding abortion
      >has deceptively blinded us to the truth. We hear it described as a
      >"right," a "choice," or a "medical procedure." It becomes too easy -- even
      >for the Christian -- to see abortion as just another one of those
      >"election issues."
      >
      >Think about it! What is a candidate who supports abortion rights really
      >supporting? Abortion is not on a par with a woman's right to equal
      >employment and equal pay.
      >
      >Let's be honest.
      >
      >The candidate who supports abortion rights supports a woman's right to
      >have her innocent child murdered. Abortion is not just an "election
      >issue." Abortion is a grave sin. Abortion assaults God's Word of truth
      >about the sanctity of human life and, therefore, assaults the Word Himself
      >Who became flesh that we might have life. Abortion is a sin against God
      >Who is the Author and Redeemer of life. Abortion is not an "election
      >issue." Because abortion destroys human life, it is a spiritual issue.
      >
      >Not only does abortion kill a child, it forever wounds a woman. Although
      >she may at first feel a sense of relief that her "problem" has been
      >solved, eventually the reality of this unnatural choice sinks in. When it
      >does, the guilt and shame can be devastating. This awful reality can bring
      >the same devastation to fathers, grandparents, and siblings. Abortion is
      >not an "election issue." Because abortion can destroy relationships within
      >families as well as between God and an individual, it is a spiritual
      >issue.
      >
      >Therefore...a Christian cannot debate the pros and cons of abortion any
      >more than he can debate the pros and cons of rape or stealing or adultery.
      >Abortion cannot be a "right" for, in God's sight, it is a fundamental
      >wrong.
      >
      >It is such a fundamental wrong, that when it comes to voting, a
      >candidate's stance on the issues is irrelevant if he or she favors
      >abortion. A vote is not a passive act. The voter participates in promoting
      >the agenda of the candidate in an intentional action.
      >
      >Regardless of what our government deems legal, when it comes to abortion,
      >"We must obey God rather than man." Those who have been called in grace
      >and adopted as God's children through the merits of Jesus Christ cannot
      >sanction the destruction of preborn children. A vote for a pro-abortion
      >candidate implicates the voter in the destruction of children created by
      >God and for whom Jesus died.
      >
      >Christians must certainly use caution when it comes to political
      >involvement. A congregation has no business preaching about tax credits or
      >campaign finance reform and advising its members where they should stand
      >on these kinds of issues.
      >
      >However, the Body of Christ is compelled to "defend the cause of the weak
      >and needy." The Church is compelled to "speak up for those who cannot
      >speak for themselves" and to expose the "fruitless deeds of darkness."
      >When a candidate for a government office promotes the sin of abortion,
      >God's people must take action to oppose this sin and defend those affected
      >by it.
      >
      >The Church is compelled not just to expose the deeds of darkness but also
      >to be a light to those trapped by the deeds of darkness. The Church's
      >Gospel message of forgiveness is the only source of true hope and healing
      >needed by those struggling with an abortion decision.
      >
      >Abortion is an atrocity that takes the lives of over 3,000 children every
      >day. Abortion is an atrocity that wounds women and destroys relationships.
      >To be in favor of such an atrocity is symptomatic of a certain moral view
      >of life that has broader implications as well. What kind of morality do we
      >want in our leaders who will be making decisions about human embryo
      >research, genetic manipulation, cloning, assisted suicide, and euthanasia?
      >The redeemed people of God are compelled to take action in favor of a
      >morality that reflects God's love for life as exemplified on the cross of
      >His Son, Jesus Christ.
      >
      >There is a little "Fred" in all of us. No one wants to be a "one issue"
      >voter. But abortion is not an "election issue."
      >
      >Abortion is a spiritual issue.
      >
      >Abortion is a sin.
      >
      >The Christian cannot vote for sin.
      >
      >The Christian must vote for life and be a messenger of life.
      >
      >+++++++++++++++++++
      >
      >(Copies of this article are also available in a brochure format from
      >Lutherans For Life. Item #118T, $0.15 each plus shipping and handling.)
      >
      >Lutherans For Life
      >1120 South G Avenue
      >Nevada, IA 50201-2774
      >(888) 364-LIFE or (515) 382-2077
      >Fax (515) 382-3020
      >info@...
      >www.lutheransforlife.org
      >
      >Lutherans For Life is an inter-Lutheran, educational organization. The
      >mission of Lutherans For Life is "To Witness to the Sanctity of Human Life
      >through Education Based on the Word of God." The organization has 14 state
      >federations, and numerous local chapters and Life Ministry Coordinators.
      >
      >Lutherans For Life believes that the Church is compelled by God's Word to
      >speak and act on behalf of those who are vulnerable and defenseless. The
      >crisis of our times is the repudiation of Biblical truth manifested in the
      >wanton destruction of innocent human life through legalized
      >abortion-on-demand and the growing threat to the lives of others through
      >legalized assisted suicide and euthanasia. Therefore, as Lutherans For
      >Life, we will strive to give witness, from a Biblical perspective, to the
      >Church and society on these and other related issues such as chastity,
      >post abortion healing, and family life.
      >
      >(END)
      >
      >
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    • Silviu Despa
      ... From: Lutherans For Life To: Silviu Despa Date: Monday, November 06, 2000 6:27 PM Subject: ENCORE: IS ABORTION AN
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        -----Original Message-----
        From: Lutherans For Life <lfl-net@...>
        To: Silviu Despa <provita@...>
        Date: Monday, November 06, 2000 6:27 PM
        Subject: ENCORE: IS ABORTION AN ELECTION ISSUE?


        >Lutherans For Life - http://www.lutheransforlife.org
        >
        >As we head for the polls on November 7th, here is an encore presentation
        >of Dr. Lamb's work, "Is Abortion An Election Issue?" Keep in mind these
        >thoughtful insights, and share them with others!
        >
        >Bob Ley
        >
        >++++++++++++++++++
        >
        >IS ABORTION AN ELECTION ISSUE?
        >by Dr. James I. Lamb - LFL Executive Director
        >
        >"I could never vote for anyone who favors the destruction of innocent life
        >in the womb," Sam stated bluntly. Fred replied, "I'm opposed to abortion
        >as much as you are, Sam, but there are other issues you know."
        >
        >Sincere and well-meaning Christians who oppose abortion too often speak of
        >it as if it were on a par with tax cuts, Medicare, or Social Security.
        >There are many "Freds" out there. Maybe you know a "Fred." Maybe you are a
        >"Fred"! You want to be fair-minded, and you do not want to be labeled a
        >"one issue" voter.
        >
        >If you really think about it, abortion is more than an "election issue."
        >
        >God speaks to some of the political issues of our day but in a way that
        >gives the Christian plenty of "wiggle" room. For example, God speaks about
        >taxes. He tells us to give to "Caesar" what is his. However, He does not
        >talk about tax structures or the IRS. Therefore, Christians may debate
        >about how much they think "Caesar" should be taking or about how he should
        >be taking it.
        >
        >God speaks about salvation but not about how to save the Social Security
        >system. Therefore, Christians may debate about the pros and cons of
        >privatization.
        >
        >God speaks about caring for the elderly but not about Medicare. Therefore,
        >Christians may debate about the best way to help the elderly pay for
        >prescriptions.
        >
        >God speaks differently, however, about destroying innocent human life, and
        >there is no "wiggle" room. He says: "You shall not murder."
        >
        >We must not forget what abortion is. All the rhetoric surrounding abortion
        >has deceptively blinded us to the truth. We hear it described as a
        >"right," a "choice," or a "medical procedure." It becomes too easy -- even
        >for the Christian -- to see abortion as just another one of those
        >"election issues."
        >
        >Think about it! What is a candidate who supports abortion rights really
        >supporting? Abortion is not on a par with a woman's right to equal
        >employment and equal pay.
        >
        >Let's be honest.
        >
        >The candidate who supports abortion rights supports a woman's right to
        >have her innocent child murdered. Abortion is not just an "election
        >issue." Abortion is a grave sin. Abortion assaults God's Word of truth
        >about the sanctity of human life and, therefore, assaults the Word Himself
        >Who became flesh that we might have life. Abortion is a sin against God
        >Who is the Author and Redeemer of life. Abortion is not an "election
        >issue." Because abortion destroys human life, it is a spiritual issue.
        >
        >Not only does abortion kill a child, it forever wounds a woman. Although
        >she may at first feel a sense of relief that her "problem" has been
        >solved, eventually the reality of this unnatural choice sinks in. When it
        >does, the guilt and shame can be devastating. This awful reality can bring
        >the same devastation to fathers, grandparents, and siblings. Abortion is
        >not an "election issue." Because abortion can destroy relationships within
        >families as well as between God and an individual, it is a spiritual
        >issue.
        >
        >Therefore...a Christian cannot debate the pros and cons of abortion any
        >more than he can debate the pros and cons of rape or stealing or adultery.
        >Abortion cannot be a "right" for, in God's sight, it is a fundamental
        >wrong.
        >
        >It is such a fundamental wrong, that when it comes to voting, a
        >candidate's stance on the issues is irrelevant if he or she favors
        >abortion. A vote is not a passive act. The voter participates in promoting
        >the agenda of the candidate in an intentional action.
        >
        >Regardless of what our government deems legal, when it comes to abortion,
        >"We must obey God rather than man." Those who have been called in grace
        >and adopted as God's children through the merits of Jesus Christ cannot
        >sanction the destruction of preborn children. A vote for a pro-abortion
        >candidate implicates the voter in the destruction of children created by
        >God and for whom Jesus died.
        >
        >Christians must certainly use caution when it comes to political
        >involvement. A congregation has no business preaching about tax credits or
        >campaign finance reform and advising its members where they should stand
        >on these kinds of issues.
        >
        >However, the Body of Christ is compelled to "defend the cause of the weak
        >and needy." The Church is compelled to "speak up for those who cannot
        >speak for themselves" and to expose the "fruitless deeds of darkness."
        >When a candidate for a government office promotes the sin of abortion,
        >God's people must take action to oppose this sin and defend those affected
        >by it.
        >
        >The Church is compelled not just to expose the deeds of darkness but also
        >to be a light to those trapped by the deeds of darkness. The Church's
        >Gospel message of forgiveness is the only source of true hope and healing
        >needed by those struggling with an abortion decision.
        >
        >Abortion is an atrocity that takes the lives of over 3,000 children every
        >day. Abortion is an atrocity that wounds women and destroys relationships.
        >To be in favor of such an atrocity is symptomatic of a certain moral view
        >of life that has broader implications as well. What kind of morality do we
        >want in our leaders who will be making decisions about human embryo
        >research, genetic manipulation, cloning, assisted suicide, and euthanasia?
        >The redeemed people of God are compelled to take action in favor of a
        >morality that reflects God's love for life as exemplified on the cross of
        >His Son, Jesus Christ.
        >
        >There is a little "Fred" in all of us. No one wants to be a "one issue"
        >voter. But abortion is not an "election issue."
        >
        >Abortion is a spiritual issue.
        >
        >Abortion is a sin.
        >
        >The Christian cannot vote for sin.
        >
        >The Christian must vote for life and be a messenger of life.
        >
        >+++++++++++++++++++
        >
        >(Copies of this article are also available in a brochure format from
        >Lutherans For Life. Item #118T, $0.15 each plus shipping and handling.)
        >
        >Lutherans For Life
        >1120 South G Avenue
        >Nevada, IA 50201-2774
        >(888) 364-LIFE or (515) 382-2077
        >Fax (515) 382-3020
        >info@...
        >www.lutheransforlife.org
        >
        >Lutherans For Life is an inter-Lutheran, educational organization. The
        >mission of Lutherans For Life is "To Witness to the Sanctity of Human Life
        >through Education Based on the Word of God." The organization has 14 state
        >federations, and numerous local chapters and Life Ministry Coordinators.
        >
        >Lutherans For Life believes that the Church is compelled by God's Word to
        >speak and act on behalf of those who are vulnerable and defenseless. The
        >crisis of our times is the repudiation of Biblical truth manifested in the
        >wanton destruction of innocent human life through legalized
        >abortion-on-demand and the growing threat to the lives of others through
        >legalized assisted suicide and euthanasia. Therefore, as Lutherans For
        >Life, we will strive to give witness, from a Biblical perspective, to the
        >Church and society on these and other related issues such as chastity,
        >post abortion healing, and family life.
        >
        >(END)
        >
        >
        >______________________________________________________________________
        >To unsubscribe, write to lutheransforlife-unsubscribe@...
        >
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