Almost all of the Democrat presidents during my lifetime have been Pro-Life: at least for a while. Those include Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, Barack Obama, and now, Joe Biden. It’s funny how they all “worked” the narrative of both Pro-Choice and Pro-Life to work for their political benefits: even the Baptist Sunday School teacher Jimmy Carter. They each, along with their wives, when campaigning were Pro-Life adherents except for Barack Obama. Obama made a big push in his first term to appease the Evangelical Right using “reducing the numbers of women who get abortions” as something of an olive branch to the Right. It failed miserably. At least one can say the Obamas were true to their convictions rather than switch to Pro-Life.
Abortion has since the early 70s been the lightning rod for Evangelicals. This group holds firm to the scripture from Jeremiah in the Old Testament that references a conversation between God and the prophet Jeremiah. In that conversation, God said to Jeremiah: “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” God made it abundantly clear in that missive that Jeremiah was alive, even before he was born.
That matters little to the proponents of abortion: abortion of all kinds. It’s an easy slope from “no abortion” to “abortion for the sake of the mother’s life,” to “selective abortion,” and then to “abortion only in the case of rape or pregnancy through incest.” I guess that means that one’s position on abortion is as fluid as whether you choose Coca-Cola or Pepsi. But I’m one of those who believe God’s word to Jeremiah was HIS position on abortion: Jeremiah was alive — according to Jeremiah 1:5 — before he was born. I’m all-in on that one.
To the Catholic Church’s credit, they have held closely through centuries their tenet of the sanctity of life: Pro-Life. It’s seldom today that we see any religious organizations maintain a position for their adherents for any period of time. But the Catholic Church remains today a staunch supporter of Pro-Life and that life begins at inception.
That’s not saying, however, that EVERY Catholic toes the line on that. Many have “fallen by the wayside” and chosen to embrace a more “contemporary” and “timely” opinion of the matter, as did the Carters, the Clintons, and the Bidens, even though the Bidens are, to my knowledge, the only Catholics in the group. Because of this and several other controversies in the Church, Catholicism is under siege. But still, the Church holds fast to their covenant to Pro-Life.
Enter Joe Biden running for President.
Joe’s “current” position on abortion, along with other conundrums in his life (which we leave for another discussion), has the church and millions of Americans struggling to reconcile his former opinion of abortion and his current thoughts on the matter. While campaigning, Joe was something of a chameleon: when he was with Pro-Choicers, he was Pro-Choice. When he was with Pro-Lifers, he did not espouse a disdain for abortion, but he never condemned it. However, he always supported the Hyde Amendment, which prevents taxpayer funds from paying for abortions. Apparently, Joe has waffled once again on that. The Hyde Amendment’s provision was delineated from the COVID-19 stimulus bill. Now it appears Planned Parenthood will get paid by Uncle Sam (that’s you and me) to abort babies.
But President Biden is having a bit of a tiff with many Evangelicals, which he wooed while running his campaign. He never stated he would NOT support abortions. The group claims that, in exchange for their support in the election, he would “meet with them for the express purpose to find consensus” on the matter. They voted for him. They’ve not heard a peep from the White House. They are incensed!
In an open letter released Sunday, Pro-Life Evangelicals for Biden urged him to “honor his commitment” and include the Hyde Amendment in Democrats’ $1.9 trillion COVID-19 spending package, writing “we feel used and betrayed.” The letter states:
We are very disappointed about the COVID-19 relief package’s exclusion of the Hyde Amendment, a longstanding bipartisan policy that prevents taxpayer funding for abortion. We’re even more upset that the Biden administration is supporting this bill. As pro-life leaders in the evangelical community, we publicly supported President Biden’s candidacy with the understanding that there would be engagement [with] us on the issue of abortion and particularly the Hyde Amendment …We feel used and betrayed and have no intention of simply watching these kinds of efforts happen from the sidelines.
It’s quite apparent the evangelicals feel they have been betrayed.
How do you feel about this? If you’re a Christian, do you share their convictions? Do you think Biden has turned on his long-held support of Pro-Life?
I must be honest: there’s no doubt in my mind that Joe Biden made his change on the matter specifically to dodge the angst any Democrat presidential candidate would experience while running for office. His change certainly happened for political purposes. Was he right for doing so? That only matters to a few people — far too few as far as I’m concerned. Sadly, unborn babies have become nothing more than an afterthought, a mistake, an “oops” to far too many people. Joe, however, has changed his mind.
So what do you think about his change? Millions of American Christians voted against him in large for that stance. These Evangelicals supported him (and voted for him) based on a promise from a politician: “C’mon, Man!”
One of America’s most outspoken Evangelical pastors from Berkeley, California, weighed in on the matter on Tuesday. Mario Murillo published his thoughts on this group, their actions in supporting Biden, and gave tens of millions of other Christians a few thoughts about this debacle. Here’s Mario:
“Pro-Life Evangelicals for Biden.” They are the theological equivalent of “Karen” in a department store, screaming for the manager—totally devoid of self-awareness. Here is how normal people would have handled this: “Uh oh! We did something really stupid, we endorsed Biden. Let’s not remind people of our folly by writing a letter that will remind everyone.” But no. They had to write a letter.
Speaking of lacking self-awareness, just look at their name: “Pro-Life Evangelicals for Biden”? Their name is a self-cancelling phrase. Kind of like saying, ‘godly atheist’.
What did they expect? “He lied to us!” Joe Biden always lies. He lied about his grades. He lied about his achievements. He lied about China. He lied about his son. He is a liar and has always been a liar. Again, what did you expect?
Wouldn’t you have loved to have been a fly on the wall when ‘Pro-Life Evangelicals for Biden’ extracted a promise from him? Here’s a quote from their letter: “The Biden team wanted to talk to us during the campaign to gain our support, and we gave it on the condition there would be active dialogue and common ground solutions on the issue of abortion. There has been no dialogue since the campaign.”
Aw, you poor things! You trusted a campaign promise and you voted for him, but now Biden won’t talk to you about abortion? Reread that naïve sentence again. They actually believed they would get “common ground solutions” on abortion from the most pro-abortion, thieving, dishonest administration in history? They made a deal with the devil and now they feel hurt?
In giving their support to Biden, these Evangelicals, knowing his very vocal stance on abortion, were foolish to expect any other action than what they have received from President Biden. Quite honestly, political positions of all kinds are today and have been for more than two centuries been in play during every campaign. Winning an election is considered far more important than one’s conscience, faith, or beliefs. Any or all of those go out the window to get a vote or two.
This reminds me of far too many folks who purposely slip on a conviction occasionally. Oh, they justify doing so by thinking, “I know I shouldn’t do that. But it’s just one thing. I’ll let it slide just this one time.” And that, though, justifies their actions.
I suggest for all of you what I accepted many years ago about these types of choices. It comes from a life fundamental God gave us first in Genesis. God promised Noah after the flood that as long as Earth existed, four things will never change: there will always be day and night, always will be Winter and Summer, there will always be hot and cold, and there will always be “seedtime and harvest.” “Seedtime and harvest,” or “reap and sow,” is the only one of the four promises which people have control of its results. Let me explain:
When a farmer wants to grow corn, he plans corn seeds. When he wants to grow wheat, he plants wheat. It would not be brilliant to expect apples to grow from the corn seed or watermelons to grow where he planted wheat.
I know: I’m not a philosopher. I promise this is NOT original! (I’ll give God credit for it) But it works…and it’s true.
Those Evangelicals thought Biden would honor his commitment. Mario laid bare the truth of their foolishness, expecting something different from Joe. “He promised he would meet and converse with us!” Throughout his career, Joe has consistently planted seeds of misrepresentation, hypocritically committing to do many things he never did and, sadly, NOT doing many things he committed to do. This is just one more notch in his belt.
They should have rejected his commitment based on the numerous examples of reap and sow in Joe’s life that messaged he was not telling the truth.
Do you ever face this kind of conundrum? Are you guilty of perpetrating yourself? Have you faced someone who has done it to you? We all have. Sadly, it’s part of human nature.
How do we fix it? We can only fix ourselves in this matter. And all we can do is plant good seed in the promise of God that what we planted will grow, just like we expected.
Joe, on the other hand, is probably going to continue to reap the seeds that he sowed throughout his life. That’s God’s promise.