A christian friend of mine recently asked,
“What Scriptural precedence would a Bible believing Christian use to justify voting for a candidate who is for abortion or same-sex marriage?”
Personally, I do not like abortion. I don’t know anyone that is pro-choice that want women to have abortions. Wanting women to have the choice of what to do with their own bodies, and wanting them to choose abortion, are drastically different things.
I don’t see where Jesus ever mentioned abortion or homosexuality. He did not mention for gay people (people he purportedly knew we’re gay before they were born) not love another of the same-sex.
However, He did mention a few things:
Love your neighbor as yourselves. Matt. 22:39
Take care of the poor. Matt. 19:21
Take care of the sick. Luke 14:13-14
Pay your taxes. Matt. 22:21
So, I can surmise, all of these things should be higher on the list of importance than abortion or marriage equality, when I’m trying to choose who to vote for. Jesus knows everything. He could’ve mentioned it had he wanted to.
Webster’s dictionary defines a Liberal as,
“one who is open-minded, not strict in the observance of orthodox, traditional or established forms or ways.”
The same god that said homosexuality was wrong, also said that many other things were wrong. Many things that Christians conveniently ignore.
“Whatsoever hath no fins nor scales in the waters, that shall be an abomination unto you.” -Leviticus 11:12
“Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks upon you: I am the LORD.” -Leviticus 19:28
Play with a (real) football.
“Of their flesh shall ye not eat, and their carcase shall ye not touch; they are unclean to you.” -Leviticus 11:8
Men cutting their hair.
“Ye shall not round the corners of your heads, neither shalt thou mar the corners of thy beard. “-Leviticus 19:27
Wearing clothing with mixed fabrics;
polyester blends, or plant more than one type of seed in your garden.
“Ye shall keep my statutes. Thou shalt not let thy cattle gender with a diverse kind: thou shalt not sow thy field with mingled seed: neither shall a garment mingled of linen and woolen come upon thee.” -Leviticus 19:19
You may reply with, “Jesus did away with those things.” Then why still hold to discriminating against gay people? Could it be that you ignore, or explain away what you like, but insist on keeping what you agree with?
Paul, in the New Testament, Romans 1:26-28, 1 Cor. 6:9, and, 1 Tim. 1:8-10, seems to condemn gays, depending on the translation, so we must obey him. But he also tells women, “be silent in the church”, 1 Cor. 14:34, and he suffered them not to teach, 1 Tim. 2:12. Yet, those verses are pretty much ignored. Explained away by saying, “Times have changed”. Yet, we can’t offer gay people the same courtesy of modernization? And, we insist on voting against people who are for granting them equal rights under the law.
Mark 10:8-12 forbids divorce, yet, that is rampant in the church. But allowing two people who love each other, and are in a committed relationship together, to marry, that will destroy straight marriage?
1 Tim. 2:9 says, “In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array”. Yet, we don’t try to legislate against women from wearing make-up, jewelry, or having her hair done by beautician. But those pesky gay people, God still dislikes them.
I guess what changed it for me is, when I stopped seeing people who were gay as doing something disgusting, and started seeing them as living, caring, human beings, that are searching for companionship, just like straight people. I do not define my marriage by what straight people acts we enjoy. Marriage is much more than that. Gay people deserve that same right. Don’t define them by what you think they are, or what they do, but, as fellow human beings deserving of respect and dignity.
So, I would say, going by Jesus’ words, I would vote for someone who values taking care of the poor (by food and housing assistance, taking care of the sick (Like the Affordable Care Act is beginning to do), regardless of their ability to pay, and someone who isn’t talking about expanding our already bloated military budget, and pursues peaceful resolutions first, over threatening war.
I prefer that over a person whose main objective in life is to amass as much wealth as they can, especially at the expense of others. To make money while putting thousands out of work because their jobs had been sent over seas, that is in direct contradiction with the words of Jesus above. How is that caring for poor families, the sick, children and the elderly?
…to be continued.