In the Summer of 1973 my Mom had to have the conversation with her 44 year old dad that every dad dreads. His baby was expecting a baby.
To my great delight my mother and her parents chose life.
Over the years as I have become more aware of the political, social and economic ramifications of this decision. It would have been much easier to choose death. Roe vs. Wade had just been passed politically, communities tend not to shun teenagers who sin by having sex, just those who get pregnant and of course this decision was financially costly to both my grandparents and my Mom. In spite of all of these odds, my family chose life and I am incredibly honored that my Grandfather was a man of character and principles.
I must admit that over the the last twenty years of my life (sans the 14 when I had no clue that I was the product of a unwed, teenage pregnancy) I have grown weary of being called a mistake. Well meaning people over the years have even commented how great it was to see that I have been able to be a blessing even when I was a “consequence of sin”. I tend to not like to be called a consequence of sin, but that’s just me. All of this has really shaped me into who I am.
I know its not popular. I know its not relevant. To quote Kanya West,
“Well let this take away from my spins
Which will probably take away from my ends
Then I hope this take away from my sins
And bring the day that I’m dreaming about
Next time I’m in the club everybody screaming out Jesus Walks”
And I know it will not make me popular among young and emerging groups of Christians, but I am proud to say – I am a One Issue Man. I have a litmus test.
This one issue man is writing today because I am angry. I pray it’s righteous anger.
I am angry because we have allowed the republican party to hijack the issue of life. Just the mention of being pro-life associates you with a political party rather than with Jesus. That makes me angry. I am angry that it seem that many Christians in an effort to distance themselves from the republican party are now ashamed to be associated with supporting saving the innocent lives of unborn children. Life has become a political issue to be avoided or leveraged rather than an issue that is close to the heart of God.
I am angry because we have allowed the democratic party to claim stake to the Godly principles of social justice. It seems in order to be a person who rightly and justly brings an emphasis to social justice for those with AIDS, the poor of our world and being Green we have to align ourselves with political policies that leave behind millions of children who need us to support them with the most basic of needs, their life.
I am angry because we have allowed the world to convince us that this election is “about the economy stupid” and are willing to whore ourselves and our character for “what’s best for the economy” while totally dismissing the fact that God is more concerned with America’s character than our capitalism.
I am angry because as I read scripture I think that the church should have solved all of these issues by being the kingdom of God on earth. I am angry because there should be no need for socialism from our government because the church should be meeting the needs of the widow, the single mom, the down-and-out and the drug abusers. I am angry because the church should be seeking to “take care” of teen-age pregnancies by loving on young Moms and helping them financially rather than shunning them and calling the sinners and their children the product of sin. I am angry because the world has turned us into multiple-issue people and we lack the fortitude and the guts to stand up for life no matter the cost.
So today I am taking back the issue of life and morals from the republicans and I am taking back environmentalism and social justice from the democrats. You do not own them and I will no longer be a a part of your political silliness at the expense of people. They do not belong to you. They belong to Jesus.
I am angry. I am sad.
I am not a mistake.
I am an one issue man.