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Dear Hillary Clinton, You lost my vote

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With the presidential election just weeks away, we can’t help but talk about what our world may soon be like. I chose early on to mostly “tune out” after I saw some of the political rhetoric and mud-slinging brouhaha that came early on in the primaries. I didn’t know who I’d vote for, and all of Catholic radio was abuzz about voting your conscience. But as the debates have raged on along with the rhetoric, something finally did catch my eye last night. Hillary Clinton and her position on abortion.

I normally would shy away from writing posts such as these, and please note I am not a supporter of Donald Trump. But God moved me today to talk about the “borderland,” defined as an unclear state or condition that is between  two things and is like each of them in some way. It is a vague intermediate state or region. It is Jesus’s lukewarm spit you out place.

God talked to me about that place. The place where we are scared to say something, the place where our opinions will win us few friends, the place where if we take a stand, it may have serious consequences. So many of us live in the borderland, Christians and non-Christians alike. But for us as followers of Jesus Christ, the borderland is no place to be. It is dangerous, self-serving and a lukewarm response to Jesus’s instructions to pick up our cross and follow him.

Once upon a time I was a supporter of the pro-choice movement, even started the first high school National Organization for Women (NOW) chapter in the southeast region of the United States. My views were popular among my peers and I found a place where I found other women who were just as passionate about women’s issues as I was. Not only was I passionate about it, but later on as an attorney , I fought on behalf of young girls who were asking for abortions. I represented these young girls who were asking to bypass their parents by getting a judge to approve their request for an abortion. I did a lot of them. God has forgiven me.

And now, I find myself on the other side of the fight. The side that is unpopular and ugly. The side that nobody wants to talk about. I find myself filled with a vigorous passion for the pro-life stance. As Jesus changed my heart in so many other things, this was one of the first things. The value of human life, ALL HUMAN life, and what it means to God.

And that’s where Mrs. Clinton comes in. She said something last night that made me sit up in my bed.

“This is one of the worst possible choices that any woman and her family has to make, and I do not believe the government should be making it,” she said.

 

But you see, the government is making it. The government is making it by allowing abortion to go on. The government continues to make it. The government continues to tell me that it is ok for me to kill my baby. It’s up to me what I do with that baby, not God. And that made me pause. Mrs. Clinton essentially said that I, not God, get to decide if my baby will live or die.

And that made me pause again, thinking of the message that she is sending across this country, the one she is sending to teenagers, poor mothers or those women who just don’t feel like dealing with a pregnancy. It says that we as women can kill our babies and that it’s ok.

And that is just not ok, that is not ok at all…

And so God asks us in this borderland we live in, are we all in? Are we all in for Him? Are we all in to lose friends and loved ones when we stand up for His truth? Or are we conveniently sitting on the sidelines because of our political affiliations or loyalty to our candidates? The gospel reading today drove that home,

I have come to set the earth on fire, and how I wish it were already blazing!

Do you think that I have come to establish peace on the earth? No I tell you, but rather division.

Now is the time to stand up for human life, now is the time to show women that they can be forgiven for the abortion that they had, now is the time to show women that they and their bodies belong to a loving God who knows every hair on their head.

We can no longer sit idly by in the borderland. Sorry Mrs. Clinton, you lost my vote.

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34 thoughts on “Dear Hillary Clinton, You lost my vote

  1. I read this to clyde balling my eyes out..i had to stop at different spots in the writing because i was so choked with emotion!!!! The borderland oh my i am willing to loose friends i don’t care i must stand for Gods principles i am not afraid to fight for my voice ad stand!!!!!!! i am so proud of you!

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  2. You know what, this reminds me too much of satan. He comes in slowly almost unnoticed. Then It becomes Pandora box. If you allow one little foot in, then the whole door will open. Eye opener, for sure. I made the decision to not watch any more of the presidential debates, because the first one made my head hurt, and rumors of the 2nd one “turned me off.” I’m glad I read your post. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. This is definitely important to me and my faith in Christ.

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    1. Thanks for reading it. Like I said, I usually do not delve into politics and am not as supporter of either candidate, but we as Christians must wake up! Satan only comes to steal, kill and destroy. We are called to stand up for those who cannot stand up for themselves.

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    1. Yes. Long story short God taught me some big lessons. I am working part time and now I am able to be the mother I desperately wanted to be. God worked out every detail. A job that had no potential for part time, was immovable became an open wide space for God to teach me that He is in charge. Thy will be done took on a whole different meaning for me.
      Ya I haven’t been around at all, lots of time learning from the Lord and working out my salvation with fear and trembling.

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  3. Thank you for this post. Thank you for your courage! I related to this post on so many levels. I, too, find myself in borderland more than I would like to admit. However, I feel my willingness to risk loss of friendship grow. What people think of me matters less and less – when my desire to do what is right for God increases. I also LOVE today’s Gospel. I enjoy imagining Jesus speaking these words. It gives me goosebumps every time because I know it to be the truth. Thanks again!

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    1. Yes, I hear you my friend! The borderland is no place to me, We have to make a decision to want more of Him, to chase Him with all that we are. He is our life!

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    1. Yes, I can’t even believe what God did for me! I am in a great position, stripped of my will and letting God lead. I am working part time hourly and it is working out great. My job is a great job and now I can keep it and have my family too! How great is our God!!!!!!!!!!

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  4. Amen Melissa!!!
    She lost my vote along time ago…and just keeps heaping loss upon loss—
    There was a story today on the BBC about a woman who aborted her baby at 8 months…said she was more afraid for the child to live rather than die—I didn’t read the story as I was sickened by the title …who aborts a baby who actually could be considered almost full term??????
    As an adopted person…I’m pretty much pro adoption…
    Just what we need, a woman president empowering those who need validation for all sorts of poor life choices…or in the case of abortion…death cases….
    Spot on Melissa

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    1. Yes no doubt Julie, I do not understand it either. I have been on the other side so I feel I have a great perspective on both sides. This is an issue God changed my heart about, I never even prayed about it, it was just something I instinctively knew when I became a Christian, it was like my DNA was re-wired! I am very passionate about this and want to educate people.

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  5. I had the same reaction to those words myself. The government should not have anything to say about abortion, but they have for such a long time done precisely that. This issue should never have been interfered with by the government, but billions of dollars have been spent on promoting abortion and the government is making it sooo easy. Just like everything involving our leaders, we are being led like sheep to the slaughter. It really comes down to too much involvement in people’s lives. Heaven help us, because without God we will surely fall as a nation.

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    1. Yes exactly Kathy. I can tell you it was soooooooo easy for young girls to get a judicial bypass. They had attorneys like me helping them and I never lost a case. Now I look back and feel so much sorrow for what I did. Of course, I did not know Christ back then and I know God has forgiven me. I literally had an Apostle Paul experience, and I am determined to let people know the truth. Human life is to be valued ALWAYS.

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  6. Melissa, you know I am Christian, and I must tell you why I don’t believe Hillary said the government is telling me it’s okay to kill my baby.
    There is a huge difference between being pro-choice and pro-abortion. I am Christian, pro-choice AND pro-life; many of us are.

    I am pro-life because I recognize that life begins at conception. However, I do not want the government making any decisions about my health or my body. And truthfully, if this was about a man’s body, this notion of the government’s intervention would be absolutely unacceptable.
    Most women find the idea of abortion abhorrent – yes, even those of us who want abortion to remain legal. I agree with Hillary that the choice needs to remain between a woman, her doctor and God. This is why I have never looked at abortion as a litmus test. It is a deeper issue than Roe v. Wade, and we must look below the surface and beyond the scope of legalism.

    https://susanirenefox.com/2016/07/06/women-saving-lives/

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    1. Susan, you know I respect you and of course anything you have to say. I was very involved in NOW and the pro-choice movement and like I mentioned the representation of young girls asking for abortions in judicial bypass proceedings. Like I have mentioned before, I never prayed about this issue, it is something the Lord just did in me. Being a Catholic really has cemented my view as the Catholic church has really helped me understand the value of human life and what that all means. It was also my decision not to use contraception and to embrace whatever God gives me. This is something God spoke deeply to me about.

      I didn’t write the post to condemn anyone or to have anyone agree or disagree with me, I wrote it because of my experience, my deep personal commitment to sharing with people the beauty of all human life, and to show people how God changes us, even when we aren’t asking for it.

      As always, thanks for sharing your thoughts. Love you-

      M

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  7. Thank you for sharing. Both of them have lost my vote. Most would say I throw away a vote for anyone else, but I am convinced I throw it away if I try to pick the lesser of two evils. It’s difficult for me to trust any politician at all, but I cannot vote for either of the two main candidates and sleep well.

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  8. I am catching up on some reading tonight and your posts are really resonating with me. I was in a similar position when it came to voting and it sounds like we turned the corner at about the same time. You are right about borderland– and once again you have the perfect expression for this condition! In my life, right or wrong, I’ve been pretty decisive at points, and as I wrote recently in a post on Kierkegaard’s philosophy, our decisiveness toward God is the very most important act of our existence. Spot on Melissa!

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