A Response to Pro-Life Evangelicals for Biden
In this unprecidented time of COVID, protests and our political process, I think many Christians find ourselves in a bit of a bind. We may have two choices for President of the United States that we may not like much about either candidate (is this really the best both parties can do, give us these two guys?), and I’m certainly not much of a Trump fan. In his first term, I think he’s done some good, but his demeanor and personality really get to me. While I disagree with the premise of this article, I’m certainly a fan of debate and discussion.
Recently, a number of evangelical leaders issued a statement calling for Christians to vote for Joe Biden. You can find an article detailing that statement here. Of those leaders included in the statement, I personally only know one of these leaders, Richard Mauw, former President of Fuller Seminary. I would encourage you to read the article and develop your own opinions…. For those who read this article, I found the article to have a few errors, which I will address below.
The first error is the statement that ‘Tragically Donald Trump refuses to condemn racist groups and continues to stoke racism rather than uniting the country to struggle against racism.’ That is simply not true! A simple YouTube search like I did bring up time and time again that he does actually condemn racists and racist activity.
Secondly, I think the ‘jury is still out’ in relation to man-made climate change. Here’s a brief video where an atmospheric physicist from MIT states that the majority of atmospheric scientists agree that ‘no confident prediction about future Global mean temperature can be made.’ As we look at the rise and fall of Global temperatures over time, the Earth has gone through periods of extreme warming more than once. The poles have frozen and thawed and frozen again.
Finally, the article mentions that ‘The Affordable Care Act (ACA) provided health insurance to an additional 20 million Americans,’ the idea being that ACA has been a good thing for Americans. The experience that my family and I have had with ACA would prove differently. Jonathan Gruber, the ‘architect’ of ACA admits that the money for these new health plans was going to have to come from somewhere.
It really came from 2 places: 1. those with good healthcare plans would have to pay more to create money to subsidize some type of health care for those without insurance, and 2. The healthcare companies themselves would be taxed heavily, creating a new revenue stream. Unfortunately for families like mine, we actually lost our health care plan because the insurance company just passed that extra cost along to us. In 2012, we had to cancel our health insurance because the monthly cost rose 40%, and we know a lot of families who lost their health insurance like we did. Here is a simple video describing what happened to raise costs so much:
Of course, I address these issues because for those who have signed on to this document and for those who agree with it, the issues of race, climate change and lack of access to health insurance are key to their reasoning for voting for Joe Biden.
But as seems to be the case, if Donald Trump isn’t actually racist, the ACA has not provided a net positive amount of those with insurance because so many people lost their insurance and the climate has been changing since the beginning of time, the one issue left is abortion. We know what some of what the Bible says about abortion. We read in Psalm 139 that ‘For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.’ When we end a life through abortion, we end a life that God has uniquely created. I hope and pray that abortion is eliminated in my lifetime. Joe Biden is OK with abortion up to birth, which always makes me think of my daughter Sarah Elizabeth, now a College Senior, studying Music Education and on her way to China next year with ELIC. She was born three weeks early. Imagine if we had snuffed out her life at 37 weeks. I have a hard time seeing how anyone who is a disciple of Jesus can vote for a man who thinks it would have been OK to murder Sarah in the womb. May we pray that God would allow lawmakers to see how evil abortion is and eliminate it from our land!