Mark Twain once wrote "there are many scapegoats for our sins, but the most popular one is Providence." Could we find a better example than the recent beliefs articulated by Indiana Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate Richard Mourdock? In his own words, Mr. Mourdock noted that "I think even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that God intended to happen.”
If you listen to his entire response from which that quote was taken, you will realize it is not sinister at all as many on the left would have us believe. As far as the impact on this election goes, I am content to let the people of Indiana decide who they want to represent them in the Senate. But the larger point is this: those who are concerned about religion being under assault from our government seen unaware of who is leading that assault.
It isn't just the far left that has a problem with Chistianity. You can listen to Sean Hannity, Andrew Wilkow, or any number of conservative commentators who make excellent points about how the left promotes tolerance of every set of values except Christian values. But those same conservative voices will never tell you the biggest offenders against Christian values are conservatives themselves.
Because what candidates like Mr. Mourdock, and Mr. Akin, and before them Michelle Bachman and Sarah Palin want is for Christians to put their faith in the Republican Party and not in God. That's why they all claim to know the will of God, because from there its a short trip to declaring themselves the spokesman for their party and God at the same time. In Mr. Mourdock's instance, his claimed special knowledge of God's will is quite flimsy indeed.
Is it Mr. Mourdock's belief, and for that matter the whole pro-life movement, that God's will includes life but not death? Or even untimely death? Because people die everyday, and many of them are young. Yesterday a 41 year old man in Lexington, KY was just riding home on his bicycle when struck by a car; he died shortly thereafter. To say nothing about war, starvation, disease, etc. If God's will includes death, which its pretty clear within the framework of Christianity that it does, then why can't it include abortion?
We can argue the point, as many have done and will do with much passion. There is no way to know who is right; knowing is not the solution, it is a matter of belief and faith. When we combine politics with matters of belief, we are inviting danger into our lives and our country. Better to keep matters of belief in the church, in our lives, and out of the government's hands to the maximum extent possible. A smaller government but a government run by religious beliefs is a contradiction in terms. If Chistians are concerned that their values are no longer embraced by a majority of Americans, they should strive to set a better example for others to follow instead of turning to the government or a political party to do their work for them.