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The Christian Moral Agenda

Posted by Adam Graham on March 23, 2005

Having written for the last few weeks about the reasons why Christians should get involved in politics, the question must be raised as to what stands Christians should take on political issues. We’ll begin with a discussion of abortion and then move onto discussing family issues in the next few articles.

Pro-Life, Not Just Anti-Abortion

In general, Christians have gotten this issue right on a grassroots level. Not only are there protests of abortion, but thousands of crisis pregnancy centers provide alternatives for women and by reducing the number of abortions, cut off the cash supply of the abortion movement. Those who lecture the pro-life movement ad-nausem about the need to do more in this area are out of touch.

More needs to be done on the legislative end, however. Abortionists still have a free reign in many states to perform unsafe practices that put women at risk. As Mark Crutcher detailed in his book, Lime 5, abortionists are not even subject to the basic medical regulations other fields of medicine require. General anesthetics are administered by unqualified personnel, pathology reports are not done causing women to suffer complications, etc. By fighting to have abortion regulated like any other medical procedure, pro-lifers stand on the side of women’s health while driving out of business unscrupulous abortionists who refuse to comply with higher standards out of business.

The movement also needs to get over its pessimism. Many pro-life leaders claim we won’t see Roe v. Wade overturned in our lifetimes. President Bush talks about a respect for human life in terms that make us think Christ’s return may come sooner. The fact is, we’re winning the battle for the young as high school and college students are increasingly pro-life.

I have no problem with incremental steps, but a belief that ultimate victory is unachievable lends itself to hopelessness and discourages people from getting involved. Who is going to fight for a cause whose the leaders declare it lost? Unless we believe victory is possible, it won’t happen.

Pro-Family not Anti-Gay

The greatest fault of religious conservatives is how we deal with the decline of the family. Various movements such as the Promise Keepers attempt to take a complete approach to families, but sadly, some take the approach of just blaming homosexuals. Homosexuality is a problem, but lets be realistic. According to reasonable surveys, homosexuals, lesbians, and bi-sexuals represent 3% of society. Practically, can they, on their own, destroy the American family? I think not.

The American family has many problems and challenges, the homosexual movement is just one of them. We notice it the most because gays are the most aggressive in pushing their views. Divorce, cohabitation, morally bankrupt schools, and the entertainment media are bigger offenders than the homosexuals, they’re just a lot quieter for the most part.

The gay rights movement has repeatedly called those fighting against gay marriage hypocrites for doing nothing about the aforementioned problems. The sad thing is they have a point. Supporting the family does not begin and end with opposing gay marriage. It requires working to preserve families from relentless assaults.

From a legislative end, no-fault divorce statutes are in desperate need of reform. They give marriage contracts as much legal force as a month-to-month lease. Covenant Marriage laws in Arizona and Louisiana are models that Conservatives should push throughout the nation. Also, some legislators propose requiring no-fault divorces between parents with minor children require mutual consent, which would give children more stability in their home lives. While it divorce reform has been discussed from time to time by Christian Conservatives, we haven’t done enough. Of course, the same liberals who castigate us for going after gay marriage would also have problems with reforming divorce laws, but it’s still the right thing to do.


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