“In thinking of the future of our children and grandchildren, we must ask if a political movement that integrates into its system without difficulty the wholesale slaughter of babies can be represented as a “biblically-shaped ethic.” Abortion is not an efficient solution to unwanted pregnancy. This ethic is shaped by the rejection of God the Creator.”
(Peter Jones – truthxchange) How should genuine Christians vote in the up-coming presidential election? Recently a group called “pro-life evangelicals for Biden” sought to answer that question….
The group includes many prominent evangelical leaders whom I respect who believe “that a biblically shaped commitment to the sanctity of human life compels us to a consistent ethic of life that affirms the sanctity of human life from beginning to end.” Essentially in using the formulation, “from beginning to end,” they mean that (apart from abortion, which they oppose), the socialist state in Biden’s program is “pro-life,” supported by the Bible, whereas Trump’s system kills.
I will respond to four points held by this group and conclude with a theological critique of the whole. They state that…
1. Lack of state health care kills.
The Biden evangelicals argue that repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act, which Trump desires to eliminate, is a “sanctity of life issue.”
Total state health care sounds biblical because it wants to reach everyone and understands the impossible situation of some who have long-term disease or extraordinarily expensive medications. I’m sure there are problems in our current healthcare system that need to be addressed. It is not clear, however, that a more socialist approach to healthcare will be any more effective or fair than the present system. Some find that the Affordable Care Act is not so affordable and does not meet their needs. We can certainly analyze healthcare systems such as the National Health Service in the UK, which gives everyone medical coverage, and may have some benefits, but can we call it “biblical”? If so, it may have some verses missing. Like our spotty postal service (which recently delivered to my home a letter postmarked in 1994!), many state systems can be impersonal and inefficient, with waiting periods of months or years for elective interventions like knee and hip surgery. In such cases, citizens may pay high fees to be treated through “private” medicine, which, in the end, becomes a different sort of privileged medicine. Unfortunately, Trump has not, to my knowledge, provided any detailed healthcare proposal, though he has promised that his plan would cover patients with pre-existing conditions. In thinking of the future of our children and grandchildren, we must ask if a political movement that integrates into its system without difficulty the wholesale slaughter of babies can be represented as a “biblically-shaped ethic.” Abortion is not an efficient solution to unwanted pregnancy. This ethic is shaped by the rejection of God the Creator.
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