Why I Cannot Vote for Obama
A couple of weeks ago I asked you, “who are you voting for?” and many of you chimed in. In fact, that post resulted in the most comments on a single post in the history of my blog. Thank you for your thoughts and opinions that you all expressed.
Since I’m currently in Alabama, I voted early and my choice has already been made. But please know that I am praying for you as you enter the polls tomorrow. McCain, Obama or some other third party nominee, it honestly doesn’t matter to me.
All I ask is that you would believe in something. Vote with conviction. Vote your conscience. Vote your values. Otherwise, you are giving your vote away to someone else’s.
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I really wanted to share with you the following article entitled, “Why I Cannot Vote for Obama” by Brett McCracken. In one single article, Brett articulates with grace what I so desperately tried to convey as my reason behind not voting for Obama.
Brett McCracken is the managing editor for Biola magazine, and a regular contributor for Christianity Today and Relevant magazines.
“Why I Cannot Vote for Obama” by Brett McCracken
I really want to vote for Obama. There are a myriad of reasons why it would thrill me to cast my vote for him on November 4. He is such an attractive and inspiring figure, and I’m not just saying that because it’s the standard line about Obama. It’s true.
It would be so nice to have a president who is smart, articulate, even-keeled, poised, intellectual, and (it seems) genuinely passionate about helping downtrodden people.
I’ve been impressed with the way he’s handled himself on the campaign trail (certainly moreso than I have been with McCain), and I’ve more than once considered the possibility of voting for him.
At the end of the day, though, we have to look past all the promises and rhetoric of a presidential candidate and look at their record. In Obama’s case, it’s not all that extensive or especially committal (it’s clear that Obama was planning for the presidency from his very first days in the Illinois legislature). But there are things about his record that really frighten me, and chief among them is his far-left stances on abortion.
Based on his record, Obama is the most pro-abortion presidential candidate in history. If you don’t believe that, read this article.
In it, Robert George, Princeton professor and renowned ethicist, summarizes Obama’s abortion record, and it is ugly. He begins by stating:
“Barack Obama is the most extreme pro-abortion candidate ever to seek the office of President of the United States. He is the most extreme pro-abortion member of the United States Senate. Indeed, he is the most extreme pro-abortion legislator ever to serve in either house of the United States Congress…”
The full article is truly eye-opening and disturbing, and I urge all of you to read it. If there is any part of you that is convicted about abortion and would like to see it lessened in America, you must consider Obama’s record carefully before you consider voting him into office.
I know, I know, people will retort that George W. Bush—possibly the most pro-life president in history—didn’t really do much to advance the pro-life cause. So why should I expect any different from McCain?
Well, it’s not about what McCain will or will not achieve on abortion. It’s about what an Obama administration would do to scale back abortion restriction laws and undo years of pro-life advances. If the democrats win a super majority in congress and Obama is elected president, we could be in for the biggest step back for the pro-life movement in history.
This may make me a “single-issue” voter, but so be it. I agree that “pro-life” goes beyond abortion—encompassing issues of poverty, the death penalty, even the environment… But abortion is a huge and important part of what it means to affirm the sanctity of life, and Obama’s cavalier legislative approach to it truly disturbs me.
I will not be crushed if Obama becomes the president; in some ways I’ll be very happy. But I’ll be praying that his tenure as president does not even go near abortion issues. It is that fear—that Obama will in his presidency be the pro-abortion extremist he has been as an Illinois legislator and U.S. Senator—that prevents me from voting for him.