The presidential debates are underway. The first one took place recently, and as you would expect, much was predictable. However, one thing that has become far too predictable in election debates is that the issue of life is purposefully avoided.
The sanctity of life deserves attention at debates by those who would want to be in positions of leadership in this country. Moderators should ask “tough” questions like “Do you believe that children in the womb are human beings?" "Do children in the womb have constitutional rights? If not, why? "Would you like to see Roe V. Wade overturned? If not, why? Do you believe that killing children in the womb has any bearing on our economy?" "The Bible says, ‘You shall not kill,’ or more properly, ‘You shall not murder or take innocent life.’ In considering your Christian faith, what does this mean to you?" "Why should the U.S. Government give a private organization - Planned Parenthood - between one and two million dollars a day of U.S. taxpayer money to kill children in the womb?”
Debate moderators should be asking questions like these of those who want to lead the United States of America. How tragic that in our culture, these kinds of questions never see light of day in a presidential debate.
But setting the debates aside. A much bigger question is “How do you and I respond to these questions?” It’s important to understand that our government does what it does with our support. The tragedy of abortion happens because we allow it to happen. And leaders who support it get into office only because we elect them.
“Well, this is just one issue,” many may say. “There are other important issues we have to face as a nation in considering whom we should elect president and in considering the direction of our nation. Why should one single issue be so very important?” The answer to this is actually simple and profound.
While the economy is important, job creation critical, and foreign policy crucial, if a presidential candidate is not willing to protect the most helpless and innocent of his or her citizens, then he or she doesn’t merit the highest office in the land. No issue should be of greater importance in presidential politics than protecting the lives of the nation’s most vulnerable and powerless citizens in America. What does it say about a candidate’s character if there is little to no concern or compassion for the nation’s most cherished resource? Unborn life should be paramount!