Monday, August 18, 2008

Cause for Concern

Now, I don't usually get very political here but this particular issue strikes a very deep an personal cord with me these days.  Many of you heard about the McCain/Obama forum held on Saturday at Saddleback Church that is pastored by famed Rick Warren.  Warren was the moderator of this debate.  If you get a chance to see this forum online (the links I found are at the end of this post) I think it would be well worth your time.  Needless to say, this event has caused a great deal of talk on so many levels.  As Husband and I were coming home from a delightful day with his parents, where of course this debate came up, we heard more about it on the radio station to which we were tuned for the evening.  Here is the question and responses that were at the center of conversation at this time:

Wow.  This video actually brought tears to my eyes.  Maybe it's hormones or maybe it's the reality of human life created in the image of the One true God... and it has a deep and significant value.  I know this isn't the only issue on the presidential plate but it is a big one for me.  A caller into the radio show shot off his mouth that really only late-term abortions are the ones that really matter.  The ones after only a couple of months gestation were really no big deal.  The host asked what makes the difference for him in late-term and early abortion.  The caller then said something to the effect of, "There is something more there during late-term rather than just a bunch of cells."  I about came unglued... literally.  I almost pulled my phone out and called the radio station to reply to that caller letting him know that I could see my little baby's heart beat at 5 weeks!  But I decided to listen to what other callers were saying for the next 40 minutes or so.

It breaks my heart that this country has such a hatred for the womb (and marriage).  Many would gladly give up the fight for a human life but would spend their life's savings to save a puppy.

By the way, the comment by Obama that abortions under President Bush have increased doesn't hold up.  You can read more about it here.

While this is only the beginning and issues debates of a more formal setting will be underway soon I believe that this is only a glimpse into the depth, or lack there of, of each candidate.  While there are plenty of things that I disagree with McCain on (and other that I agree with him on) I appreciate his decisiveness and stick-to-it action when it comes his decisions on a variety of issues.  I will also say that I think Obama is unraveling at the edges and there's really nothing that I agree with him about.  I'd love for him to make a decision with conviction and actually stick to it rather than change with the election wind as it suits him and his agenda.  Do I wish we had other options, of course.  Do I know who I will be voting for, you better believe it.

Here are the forum pieces that I could find:
Saddleback Forum: Part 1
Saddleback Forum: Part 2
Saddleback Forum: Part 3
Saddleback Forum: Part 4


  1. Isn't it so sad picking (seemingly) the lesser of two evils? I'm so ready for this election to be over . . .

  2. Totally agree with you, Jess! I just about threw something at the TV when Obama said it was above his "pay grade" to know about civil rights for a baby. Considering he is up for a job that may not have the highest pay grade but does indeed come with the highest earthly power and influence, he sure had better have an opinion about this (and of course he does, he just wasn't going to be sharing it in an evangelical church on national TV without a teleprompter)!

  3. I had to turn the channel during the show, Obama made me so angry. I agree with you on the abortion issue. Rush Limbaugh made a good point. "When did Obama's daughter's lives begin?'
    What made me angry was all the criticism that came after the show. There were some news media claiming that McCain had an advantage because he went second and the fact that Rick Warren is going to vote for him. Rick Warren has never endorsed either man. There is also the claim that the questions benefitted McCain because of his conservative views. Rick Warren asked the questions that his parsonage wanted to know.
    I thought the debate was fair. Both men had the same questions. It was a wonderful opportunity to see the men side by side and how different they really are.
    We must keep our faith in God that is will see us through this difficult and challenging time in our wonderful country's future.