The Most Important Issue Of The Election

I?ve heard Christians say things like, ?Abortion is important, but there are other issues just as important.? I don?t believe we should vote for or against someone simply based on their stand on this issue.?

I would agree that there are many serious and important issues to consider such as the economic crisis,? health care, education, terrorism, the war in the Middle East, and tax reform.

So why is abortion more critical than other issues?? The Bible, the very Word of God, our only infallible guide and ultimate authority for our lives, tells us God created human beings in his image and likeness.? Abortion destroys the image and likeness of God in a widespread and massive way.? Over a million times a year in this nation, the image and likeness of God is barbarically torn apart and tossed in the trash.? How can God bless the economic, educational or other policies of a person, party or nation that supports and promotes this horrific practice?

As critical as other issues may be, abortion snuffs out over 1 million innocent lives every year.? Is there any other issue in which 1 million children a year are slaughtered?

I checked statistics from America?s wars and I was shocked at what I found.

The total number of deaths in all of America?s Wars from the American Revolution to the present (Including the War of 1812, the Indian Wars, the Mexican War, the Civil War, the Spanish-American War, WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam, the Gulf War and the current one) is 657,894.

Astounding.? The total number of battle deaths in ALL of America?s wars put together does not even equal the number of deaths in ONE YEAR in this nation through abortion.

Over 48 MILLION babies have been slaughtered in the United States since 1973.? Is there any other issue that has killed 48 million Americans in the last 35 years?

The population of New York City is a little over 8 million people.? If every 8 years, a city the size of New York City were decimated, do you think the candidates would make that a priority?? Since 1973, New York City would have been wiped out 6 times.

We should examine both candidates’ and both parties? statements and stands on abortion.? Remember, Presidents can appoint Supreme Court Justices who will either vote for or against the cause of life, and sign or veto legislation that either protects the unborn or promotes abortion.

Please watch this video on YouTube.? It is graphic and disturbing, but every Christian adult should see this.? It brings home the reality of what is at stake:

Last Sunday I preached a message entitled “The Sacredness of Human Life: What Does God Have to Say About It?”? You can listen to it or download it at:

Also, listen to or read John Piper?s messages on abortion at

And please pray that God will give us godly leaders who will stand and work for the cause of the unborn.

photo by Paul Goyette

Mark Altrogge

I’m a pastor at Saving Grace Church in Indiana, PA. I’m married to Kristi, have 5 kids, and a growing number of grandkids. I enjoy songwriting, oil painting and coffee, not necessarily in that order.