In light of Congressman Todd Akin, Missouri Republican, deciding he is remaining in the Missouri U.S. Senate race against Sen. Claire McCaskill, a Democrat, one must wonder what is keeping Mr. Akin in the race despite the various approaches Republicans and conservatives have made asking him to withdraw from the race.
Mr. Akin, a devoutly evangelical Christian conservative, could very well be willing to take the hits and criticism from his own party and believe that by doing so, it brings needed attention to pro-life issues and that through prayer God will provide what is needed to win his Senate race, and help Republicans win the majority in the upper chamber.
Other pro-life conservatives, however, will argue that as a result of Mr. Akin’s controversial remarks about abortion, he has made a previously easy GOP pickup for the Senate more difficult to win, and the pro-life goals Rep. Akin wants to accomplish can only happen if the GOP wins the Senate, holds the House, and wins the White House.
If Rep. Akin fails to win the Senate seat against Sen McCaskill and his race affects Republicans negatively in other races across the country, he may later wonder, like so many pro-lifers, why it is taking so long for particular pro-life issues, like Roe v. Wade, to be addressed properly by our federal government.
Perhaps Rep. Akin has already received the answer he has been looking for, but he refuses to listen. One of the most famous religious jokes that teaches an important lesson about unknowingly rebuffing help from God that one has prayed for goes like this:
A terrible storm came into a town and local officials sent out an emergency warning that the riverbanks would soon overflow and flood the nearby homes. They ordered everyone in the town to evacuate immediately.
A faithful Christian man heard the warning and decided to stay, saying to himself, “I will trust God and if I am in danger, then God will send a divine miracle to save me.”
The neighbors came by his house and said to him, “We’re leaving and there is room for you in our car, please come with us!” But the man declined. “I have faith that God will save me.”
As the man stood on his porch watching the water rise up the steps, a man in a canoe paddled by and called to him, “Hurry and come into my canoe, the waters are rising quickly!” But the man again said, “No thanks, God will save me.”
The floodwaters rose higher pouring water into his living room and the man had to retreat to the second floor. A police motorboat came by and saw him at the window. “We will come up and rescue you!” they shouted. But the man refused, waving them off saying, “Use your time to save someone else! I have faith that God will save me!”
The flood waters rose higher and higher and the man had to climb up to his rooftop.
A helicopter spotted him and dropped a rope ladder. A rescue officer came down the ladder and pleaded with the man, “Grab my hand and I will pull you up!” But the man STILL refused, folding his arms tightly to his body. “No thank you! God will save me!”
Shortly after, the house broke up and the floodwaters swept the man away and he drowned.
When in Heaven, the man stood before God and asked, “I put all of my faith in You. Why didn’t You come and save me?”
And God said, “Son, I sent you a warning. I sent you a car. I sent you a canoe. I sent you a motorboat. I sent you a helicopter. What more were you looking for?”
It will be a real shame if Congressman Akin finds out that he turned away help for a cause he and many others care about so passionately.