Jentezen Franklin: This Will Be the Defining Election for America

U.S. presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump  (R) speak at campaign rallies in Westbury, New York, U.S., September 26, 2016 and Toledo, Ohio, U.S. September 21, 2016 in a combination of file photos.  REUTERS/Carlos Barria/Jonathan Ernst/Files
U.S. presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump (R) speak at campaign rallies in Westbury, New York, U.S., September 26, 2016 and Toledo, Ohio, U.S. September 21, 2016 in a combination of file photos. REUTERS/Carlos Barria/Jonathan Ernst/Files

What an extraordinary last few months of the 2016 election season we have all watched. Just when I think I’ve seen or heard it all, something else breaks and the flurry of media activity starts all over again. They say that this election season will go down as the most divisive in history. But for many, this will be the most defining election in modern history as two very different versions of America’s future have been presented with no gray area between the polar opposite scenarios and directions. While there are millions who have locked in on a particular person running for president, there are millions more who have focused their attention, and their vote, not so much on the candidates but more so on the issues at stake. For example, when I see the candidates, I don’t see so much this person or that person or their political parties. I look past the person and see the set of future Supreme Court justices each candidate will nominate. When viewed through that lens, it’s easier to see what matters most when deciding how to cast my vote.

One such issue that is on the hearts and minds of so many voters, in every election cycle, is the tragic consequences of Roe v. Wade, which legalized the barbaric practice of abortion. Since its inception, this one landmark decision has not only legalized the death of over 54 million innocent babies, but has also destroyed the lives of millions of grieving and guilt-stricken women, unable to cope with what they have done.

The statistics associated with this tragic act read like a horror novel:

  • Over 54 million babies have been “legally” aborted since 1973.
  • Nearly half of all pregnancies are unintended, with 4 in 10 terminated by abortion.
  • In a recent year, over 1.06 million babies were aborted.
  • In 2014, 12 percent of all abortions in the US were by teenagers while most are in their 20s.
  • Twenty-seven percent of all abortions in the US are by women who declare as protestant or evangelical protestant.
  • Fifty-nine percent of all abortions in 2014 were by patients who had already experienced at least one previous birth.
  • One of the most common answers given for having an abortion were interference with work or school and an inability to care for the baby.
  • Ninety-one percent of all abortions happen up to the 13th week.
  • Thirty-four percent of all abortion providers perform abortions even at 20 weeks, and 16 percent will perform an abortion at 24 weeks.

In the third and final debate between the two presidential candidates the subject of abortion came up, leaving no margin for misunderstanding. The candidates proclaimed two entirely different views on this topic, but to my amazement, these two candidates took it one step further as the subject of late-term and partial birth abortion took center stage. When the horror and description of a partial-birth abortion was detailed in all its gory and horrific description, one candidate was horrified and in disbelief that one human could do this to another, while the opposing candidate stood firm in support and endorsement of this crime against humanity.

I remember praying, “My God, how far have we fallen?” Can the souls of 54 million babies crying out from their graves to their Creator go unnoticed by an all-knowing, all-present, just and righteous God? And when I see clearly that one candidate pledges to oppose this murderous act, while the other pledges to keep it legal and accessible with my tax dollars, I do not see the two individuals. What I see is one path that leads to destruction while the other path pledges to stand against it.

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SOURCE: Charisma News
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