Monday, June 16, 2008

The Sanctity of Life and Other Government Fairy Tales

I was just reading a blog that someone posted about how voting Republican is the only choice that lines up with Biblical principles. It contained ideas which expressed that the only moral issues that really matter are the sanctity of life and homosexual marriage. When confronted with environmental, foreign policy, and war issues the response was basically that those held no weight when compared with the sanctity of life. So, I guess my question is…

When did the sanctity of life become so narrow in definition as to only include American babies?

When did it become ok to starve other countries through free/unfair trade?

Does the sanctity of life not count for the children in other countries who labor to make the clothing that we buy?

We can bomb and invade other countries but we can’t pay them a fair price for goods?

I would like to state that I do not call myself a Democrat, and in fact, I have always voted Republican, however, I feel like I am very quickly losing any and all affiliation that I have had with the choices that we are being given. I refuse to say that it is a lesser evil to starve children in other nations than it is to have an abortion…are they not both equally evil?? A human life should not be synonymous with an American human life. We cannot pick and choose which lives are of value and which are not.

The only way for us to change anything in the government is to vote for our ideals, even if they seem like impossible dreams! We must stop voting for the candidates that have the best chance of winning for our party or the ones who just aren’t as bad as the other. I was (and am) a full supporter of a candidate that I know will not win. I support him because he is for everything that I am for and is against everything that I am as well. When I explained to people why I supported him and what he stood for almost everyone said, “yea, but those things will never happen”, or , “that sounds great, but he won’t win the election”. When did we start choosing to vote for popularity or lesser evils rather than for our beliefs and ideals? We are responsible for voting for the one who upholds our beliefs, not for insuring that the correct party makes it into office. The president should only be a means to enact and bring about the ideals that the people vote for, rather than voting for a president because we are agree with a greater percentage of his beliefs than another candidate and then having to settle for what that president and the congress want to do with the country. We have given way too much power to the federal government and they LOVE it when the people of America are ignorant to what is going on.

I was watching the Colbert Report the other day (incredibly funny show!) and there was a guest on the show who wrote a book about politics (as they all have), and he said something that was an extremely profound statement about how our government views us. When Colbert asked, “Why do we even have the election process when the people’s votes count so little?”, this guest responded in all seriousness and without sarcasm, “because the American people need to go through the traditional election process because it is something they can believe in.” This disturbed me to think of comparing our election process with Santa Claus or the tooth fairy…it just makes us little ignorant children happy to have something we can believe in.

I realize this blog has gone from one issue to another , but I guess I just needed to vent a little, and hopefully it may have challenged a thought or two. I think to best finish up my thoughts I will just leave you with the lyrics to a Derek Webb song called “Rich Young Ruler”:

poverty is so hard to see
when it’s only on your TV and twenty miles across town
where we’re all living so good
that we moved out of Jesus’ neighborhood
where he’s hungry and not feeling so good
from going through our trash
he says, more than just your cash and coin
I want your time, I want your voice
I want the things you just can’t give me

so what must we do
here in the west we want to follow you
we speak the language and we keep all the rules
even a few we made up
come on and follow me
but sell your house, sell your SUV
sell your stocks, sell your security
and give it to the poor
what is this, hey what’s the deal
I don’t sleep around and I don’t steal
I want the things you just can’t give me

because what you do to the least of these
my brother’s, you have done it to me
because I want the things you just can’t give me

Mrs. Emily Smith

WOW! I can't believe I'm finally married to the most wonderful man in the world! It took a couple days for Noah and I to really let everything sink in. The wedding was perfect, the reception was so much fun, and the honeymoon was like a dream! I feel blessed beyond belief to have had all of these wonderful experiences and for all of those who love us so much to enable us to have had them! Noah and I truly do have the absolute best family and friends anyone could ever have! For example, when we got home from the honeymoon and walked in our house (that's fun to say), everything was picked up, organized, and CLEAN! When we walked into the kitchen there were two baskets full of food with a note telling us that the refridgerator was also stocked! Both of our families did so much to provide us such a welcome homecoming. We are abundantly blessed with the love and support of our family and friends! I will try to post pictures soon of the wedding and honeymoon!