I have to begin with these caveats because I believe our society has lost the ability to participate in civil and honest discussion. If your first reaction is to lash out at me, then you obviously don’t know my heart. I love all people regardless of their political standing or theological belief. People are allowed to disagree without resentment.
I am not a Democrat.
I am not a Republican.
I’m speaking here for Jason Banks. Not King’s Way Church, my pastor, my ministry, my family, or any other person or professional organization I’m affiliated with.
What is happening in New York is an absolutely horrendous act. It’s despicable and will be nothing short of legalized murder. But I wonder how long the pro-life movement will be played as fools by the Republican Party? Every election cycle the Republican candidates give the movement just enough to chew on to keep them coming back and voting for the same tired and broken promises.
The Republican Party isn’t the party of life.
Step out of partisan politics for just a moment and look objectively at the hard facts. If you do, I assure you you’ll see you’ve been duped and played for a fool. I know, because I was.
We can start with the most recent and work our way backwards. During the first two years of the Trump administration the Republicans controlled all three branches of government. When presented with the bill that fully funded Planned Parenthood (the largest abortion provider in the world) to the tune of HALF A BILLION DOLLARS, what did Trump do?
He signed it into law.
I’ve heard every argument imaginable for this. But it really comes down to this: Whatever supposed reason he signed the bill, was it worth a child’s life?
Easy answer: NO.
Every federal dollar (your money) given to Planned Parenthood allows them to spend a non-federal dollar on abortion.
During George W. Bush’s administration the Republicans again controlled all three branches of government. The Bush administration could’ve ended abortion with a heavy hand. And if you’re naive enough to think the Democrats would’ve stood in their way then let me remind you of the wars, agencies, and countless orders the Bush administration implemented without resistance. Under the Bush administration Planned Parenthood received over $2 BILLION, maybe more, in funding.
UNDER BUSH, FEDERAL FUNDING FOR PLANNED PARENTHOOD INCREASED.
EVERY. SINGLE. YEAR.
Just slightly more than it did under the Clinton administration.
In 1993 with Planned Parenthood v. Casey, there were eight Republican appointed Justices and one Democrat appointed Justice. The court affirmed the basic ruling that the state is prohibited from banning most abortions. This was a case that most likely could’ve been the catalyst for overturning Roe v. Wade. But alas, another failure on behalf of “conservative” appointed judges.
Reagan/Bush appointed Justices O’Connor, Kennedy, and Souter formed a plurality upholding Roe v. Wade.
With Roe v. Wade in 1973 the SCOTUS voted overwhelmingly to legalize abortion with a 7 to 2 vote. Of the seven who voted to legalize the slaughter of unborn children, five were appointed by Republican presidents.
Let that sink in for a moment.
Five of the seven votes to legalize abortion were from Republican appointed Justices.
So what would Republicans run on if abortion was illegal?
How would they ever win an election?
If you ignore the rhetoric and look at actual facts, the two parties are almost identical.
I’d be shocked if abortion is ever outlawed.
Besides, you can’t legislate morality.
Morality can only come from a heart change, and true heart change only comes from an encounter with Jesus Christ. We’re called to be ambassadors for Christ on this earth. He hasn’t called us to be politicking activists placing our faith in a broken worldly system. There’s a reason Satan promised Jesus Christ the kingdoms of this world if He’d worship him.
Jason Banks is a Worship Pastor in Ashland, KY. He earned some degrees, owns a business, and loves his beautiful wife and four children.