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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Cleveland Right to Life - Carlton Smith

"Abraham Lincoln recognized that we could not survive as a free land when some men could decide that others were not fit to be free and should therefore be slaves. Likewise, we can not survive as a free nation when some men decide that others are not fit to live and should be abandoned to abortion or infanticide...There is no cause more important for preserving freedom than affirming the transcendent right to life of all human beings, the right without which no other rights have any meaning." Ronald Reagan

Sigh.

The thing about a right to life convention is that you meet a real cross-section of the population.  Every Christian denomination is represented, every race.  And, everyone is conservative.  It is kinda nice to be able to speak freely about basically anything and everyone agrees.  We all have the same world view, the same ideology about everything.  It all comes down to this one issue - life.

On Friday, I met a man named Carlton Smith.  Smith is a black pastor.  We talked about his experiences, my family (my step father is black, my step brother is black and works for the DNC) and my neighborhood, which is a bi-racial community.

Smith explained to me that even though I may know lots of black people who disagree with abortion, who are against gay marriage, who are for the military, low taxes and love Walmart, they will still vote for Obama and the democrat party.

This is me - what the wha?!?!?

He said that being black trumped all of the other beliefs.

I asked, "How can that perception be changed?"

Smith said that his perspective changed when he became a Christian.  Instead of being black first, he became a child of God, first and foremost.

"There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus." Galatians 3:28 ESV