what exactly does it mean to be a “moderate” christian politically?

Posted: April 22, 2009 by mimi in Uncategorized

and can a “christian” support a pro-abortion politician? why? what say you?

  1. Scott Kistler says:

    Sure, I’d say so. Being a moderate to me means that you don’t buy into all the solutions of either party. I don’t agree with the concept that the wings of either party have of the relationship between business and government, as conservative Republicans tend to give too much leeway to business and the most liberal Democrats tend to have a view of government that’s too expansive for me. I tend to fall more on the side of the Democrats on this issue, although I wish that the moderate Republicans had more of a voice. But I agree with conservatives almost 100% on abortion and judicial philosophy.

    On supporting candidates, I don’t think there are too many “pro-abortion” candidates, but there are a lot of “pro-abortion-rights” candidates (I don’t mean to be a nitpicker, but I do think there’s a difference). My understanding of the Catholic position is you can vote for a pro-choice candidate for other reasons, but not BECAUSE the candidate is pro-choice. That would be about my position. I think that a candidate’s views on abortion are part of his or her overall portfolio that has to be weighed. But I respect the position of those that say they can’t vote for a pro-choice candidate.

    Finally, I think that there are two types of “moderation.” The wimpy kind refuses to take a position or says things like “both parties are bad” or “both sides do it,” always seeking to find an equivalence even where there isn’t one. A bold moderate would be someone who is genuinely fair-minded and proposes solutions based good and clear principles.

  2. mimi says:

    what if a candidate said they were racist and pro-life or racist and pro-abortion? who would you choose? why and what’s the difference?

    pro-choice is in essence pro-abortion b/c you allow people to make the choice to abort a baby. if aborting a baby is ok, then why shouldn’t the murder law be done away with?

  3. Scott Kistler says:

    If I had to choose between those two, I would choose racist and pro-life, although I would try to find someone that wasn’t racist. The difference between pro-choice and racism for me is that being openly racist is now (thankfully) considered wrong, whereas the abortion issue is (sadly) a much-debated issue (Desiring God had an interesting post on that this week). 100 or 150 years ago, we might have had to choose between racist candidates many times.

    I guess that the difference that I see between pro-choice and pro-abortion is that a pro-choice person believes that the choice rests with the woman rather than believing that abortion is a good thing (although there are some extreme defenders of abortion that seem almost to believe that). An analogy is that we as American Christians believe that religious freedom is a good thing, so that someone is free to be a Christian or a non-Christian. But that doesn’t make us pro-unbelief because we support someone’s right not to believe. I think that pro-choice people really believe that it is the woman’s right to control her own body. Even some more libertarian conservatives (like Barry Goldwater when he was alive) agree with this.

    I find that argument tragic and don’t buy it at all. Like you, I believe that the fact that the baby is a living human trumps any personal choice and I find the murder analogy persuasive. But that’s my attempt to distinguish between pro-choice (sadly misguided to varying degrees in different people) and pro-abortion (outright evil, although I don’t think that many people at all are truly pro-abortion).

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