Writer embraces message during divisive times
To the editor:
What follows is an abbreviated version of a social media post by Christian author Jennifer Abel. I was so moved by her sentiment that, with her permission, I share this with you. It’s a message we need during these divisive times. Abel says she regularly encounters Christians saying they can’t vote for Joe Biden for president, because of his abortion stance. These Christians proudly state they’ll vote Trump, because he promises to appoint Supreme Court justices who’ll overturn Roe v. Wade.
She writes, “Why is this their singularly important matter? Do you think that would be all Jesus would focus on? Based on my Bible knowledge, I would have to say unequivocally, no. I ask this question as a pro-life Christian. Where does the Bible address abortion? The Bible has far more to say about pride, abuse of power, mistreatment of poor, dishonesty, humility, seeking forgiveness and faithfulness. Christians, why are we willing to toss all of those values aside and allow Trump to determine our focus? Why do we turn a blind eye to Trump’s behaviors that are in opposition to the commands of Christ? When I read about Biden’s stance on abortion, I see a man who wrestles with faith, whose heart wants no abortions and who has struggled throughout his years in public service to determine the best way to accomplish that. Is it by making abortion illegal as he once thought? Is it by prohibiting government funding that he once considered? Or is the ideal approach to support public policies that help abortion rates decline as he currently does? Between 1981 and 2016, the sharpest decline in abortion rates occurred under Democrats, most markedly Obama, and have continued to decline. Most agree it’s due to increased contraception access under the Affordable Care Act. Although some states enacted tougher abortion restrictions between 2011 and 2017, by 2017 57 percent of the decline occurred in states that hadn’t enacted new abortion restrictions. Evidence that legal action isn’t necessary to reduce abortions.
As a Christian, I honor and value the lives of women finding themselves considering abortion. Criminalizing their choice is not the best way to help them. Public policies that offer help, hope, financial and medical assistance is. If you say you’re voting Trump because you’re pro-life, I can’t take you seriously. Trump has proven not to value life. When you say you can’t vote Biden because you’re a Christian, I can’t take you seriously. Because repeatedly, Trump’s actions fly in contradiction to the character of Christ. For four years I’ve been disillusioned to see Christians abandon their morals and their beliefs to justify support of a candidate who obviously violates every moral and value I was taught in church. Along the way, politicians decided Christians could be manipulated into believing they know what God cares about. That’s a lie. You don’t have to vote Biden, but don’t use Jesus to defend your support of Trump.”
I agree wholeheartedly. That’s why I will vote for Joe Biden for president.