Tears for Obama

March 9, 2008

Josh Harris has a deeply affecting blog on his five year old son, Barack Obama, and the most important social issue of our generation.

My five-year-old son, Joshua Quinn, has been following the presidential election with his dad. To him it’s another sport alongside football and NASCAR. Someone wins. Someone loses. He can understand that.

He has seen various candidates on TV and he’s been drawn to Barack Obama. Is it any wonder? Even for a young boy Obama’s words and demeanor are magnetic. But one day I mentioned the fact that Mr. Obama is pro-choice. Joshua Quinn had only recently been informed about the sad reality of abortion. When he learned that Mr. Obama supported abortion, he burst into tears. He was heart-broken.

The tears of my boy touched me in two different ways. First, I understand his disappointment. There are many attractive aspects of Barack Obama’s candidacy. He is a reminder of the power and importance of words. His call for a united country that moves beyond the “red state v. blue state” divisions is appealing. The fact that a black man is bridging racial divides and receiving so much support from people of all ethnicities thrills me. I love the idea of the “face” of America to the world being a face of color. But, for all these attractions, how could I support Obama’s platform on the issue of abortion while also believing the clear teaching of God’s word about the sanctity of human life? I can’t. Though my church (and I, as its pastor) do not publically endorse political candidates, protecting the most vulnerable lives is an issue that transcends politics–it is a mandate from the Author of Life.

Second, my boy’s tears convicted me. Is my heart so soft that the thought of innocent, unborn children being aborted brings me to tears? I was born a year after abortion was legalized. I’ve known it all my life. I’ve grown up through the various stages of the pro-life movement. It seems like it will never change. I realized as Joshua Quinn cried that I had grown cold to the issue. I had grown familiar with injustice.

Read the entire post, including an excellent letter to the senator.


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