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Can Christians Still Support the Republican Party After Caving on Abortion, Same-Sex Marriage?

by | Jul 9, 2024 | Abortion, LGBTQ Issues, News, Opinion, Politics, Religion, Social-Issues, The Church, US

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The abortion debate in America has been a defining issue for decades, drawing a clearly defined line between those who value life and those who, quite frankly, promote death. From the infamous Roe v. Wade decision in 1973, which opened the floodgates to the slaughter of the unborn, to the 2022 Dobbs decision that overturned it, conservatives have long held the moral high ground.

We have rightfully labeled the Democrat party as the “party of death”—it is their policies that have facilitated the killing of millions of innocent lives. Yet, with the latest compromises from the Republican National Committee (RNC), it is painfully clear that the GOP is now treading dangerously close to the same abyss.

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For years, conservatives have relied on the Republican Party as the last political defense of pro-life advocacy. We have believed, or perhaps naively hoped, that the GOP would stand firm in defense of the unborn. But these recent developments indicate a severe compromise. By adopting Donald Trump’s stance of “leaving abortion to the states”—aka, unborn children don’t deserve equal protection under the law—the RNC has essentially abdicated its moral responsibility.

They have not just watered down their position, they have betrayed the very principles that set them apart from the Democrats.

Conservatives have always argued that life begins at conception, a belief rooted in both scientific fact and biblical truth. Democrats, on the other hand, have championed the “right to choose,” a euphemism for the right to kill. This fundamental difference has long defined our political landscape. Yet now, the Republican Party, in a bid to appeal to a broader base, has decided that a convictional stand for life is no longer expedient.

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How long before they fully embrace the culture of death they once opposed?

In reality, the decision to leave abortion laws to the states is nothing short of a cop-out and it signals a dangerous trajectory in the Republican Party’s platform. The Constitution’s Fourteenth Amendment, a federal, not state, document, protects the right to life. No state government can forgo the responsibility to protect innocent lives—it is a federal requirement. Allowing states to decide on the legality of abortion demonstrates that one does not believe in the equal protection of unborn life, or that unborn children are not fully human.

Can we, in good conscience, continue to support a party that is only a decade, if not less, behind the Democrats on this issue?

And how long before the GOP’s platform on same-sex marriage also becomes indistinguishable from that of the Democrats? The recent softening of language on same-sex marriage in the RNC platform is a clear indicator that this is already happening.

For decades, we have defended the doctrine of supporting the “lesser of two evils.” But what happens when the lesser evil becomes so egregious that it is no longer distinguishable from the greater evil? Are we to continue compromising our values for the sake of political expediency? The RNC’s latest move makes it extremely difficult, if not impossible, to support the Republican Party on the same grounds that we’ve rejected the Democrat Party.

Hyperbole? Conjecture? Absolutely not. The grim reality is that the Republican Party is no longer the defender of life and conservative values that it once was. It has become the party of compromise, a party willing to sacrifice its principles for the sake of political gain. This is not the party that once stood firm against the extreme lefists call “progress.” This is not the party that once championed the sanctity of life and the biblical definition of marriage.

What are we left with? A party that is rapidly losing any semblance of its moral compass. A party that is willing to placate the masses rather than stand firm in its convictions. How can we trust a party that is so willing to compromise on issues of such grave importance? The answer, I fear, is that we cannot. The Republican Party has become a lost cause, and it is time we faced that reality.

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