Yesterday I read about a new partisan political organization called Pro-life Evangelicals for Biden. I stared at the screen in disbelief. Wouldn’t that be the same as forming an organization during the Civil War called Abolitionists for Robert E. Lee?

Let’s analyze exactly what it means to be a Pro-Life Evangelical for Joe Biden.

- If you are “pro-life” it means you are against murdering innocent, defenseless, unseen babies.

- If you are “for Joe Biden” it means you support someone who believes it is acceptable to rip the

arms and legs off the fetus.

In other words, Pro-life Evangelicals for Biden means: Evangelicals who believe it is wrong to murder innocent, defenseless babies in the womb who support a candidate who believes it is okay to murder innocent, defenseless babies in the womb. Am I the only one who sees the chilling hypocrisy?

Now let’s look at this from God’s perspective. If God is okay with this political position, then we are effectively saying that God believes it is wrong to murder innocent, defenseless babies in the womb but He also believes it is okay to vote for someone who will work hard to keep the murder of innocent babies legal. Seriously? What would that say about God’s character? His love? His justice? Could you trust such a capricious, unloving, unjust God?

God is neither capricious nor does He take any pleasure in people who think ripping the arms and legs off an innocent fetus is justified for the sake of some perceived greater good. Just as the abolitionists called on America to repent of her evil ways 160 year ago, I call on my brothers and sisters who give cover to such evil to repent.

Legalized enslavement (and murder) of blacks created in the image of God was evil then, and legalized murder of innocent babies is just as evil today. What does it say about the moral compass of those Christians who claim to be pro-life and then campaign for a politician who spent 47 years clawing his way to power over the dead, torn carcasses of millions of defenseless children.

Today’s Pro-Life Evangelicals for Biden, would have been yesterday’s Abolitionists for Robert E. Lee. They can rationalize it all they want, but at the end of the day they are accomplices to murder, which God abhors.

But what is really going on here? Pro-Life Evangelicals for Biden are trying to hijack the term “pro-life” to include other issues that are more important to them than the lives of defenseless children created in the image of God, all for the sake of putting their favorite political hack in the White House. That may be shrewd politics, but I doubt the God who said, “Thou shalt not murder,” is fooled.

GOD is the issue!

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Updated: Sep 2, 2020

It doesn’t matter how you feel about abortion. It doesn’t matter how I feel. It doesn’t even matter how your pastor or priest feels. The only thing that matters is how God feels. If you are pro-choice and God is pro-choice then you are golden. God is the issue.

So, is God pro-choice? Let’s start with the source of the current controversy: Roe V. Wade. The majority opinion of the Supreme Court in this landmark case stated the justices did not know if the fetus was an actual “person” or not. Therefore, they concluded they could not mandate the fetus be entitled to full protection under the Constitution. In my opinion, this ambiguous, philosophical distinction the Court concocted between the fetus being “human” and being a “person” borders on idiocy, but that was their stated rationale for the decision.

However, since the highest court of the land publicly admitted in writing it did not know whether or not the fetus is a person, we must look elsewhere for moral clarity on the matter. Of course, for Christians, our source of moral authority is the Bible, not nine attorneys dressed in black robes who can’t even agree amongst themselves.

In light of that, what does God say in the Bible about abortion? Have you ever dug deeply to find out?

Many Christians, in an attempt to provide evidence that God considers abortion wrong, quote Psalms 139:13-16. Verses 13-14 say, “For you formed my inward parts; You wove me in my mother’s womb. I will give thanks to You, for I am wonderfully and fearfully made….”(NAS) It is a beautifully poetic and inspiring passage that gives us hope, but unfortunately those verses never clearly delineate at what point in the process I became a person. Look at it closely. All it says is that God wove me in the womb, not that I was a person or even fully human in the womb. So that does not provide explicit clarity.

However, there are other passages of Scripture that represent God’s point of view with far less ambiguity. It takes a little more work to get there, but if you really want to understand God’s perspective it’s worth the effort. Let’s start by looking at three verses:

Luke 1:41a “When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb…” (NAS)

Luke 2:12 “’This will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.’” (NAS)

Luke 18:15a “And they were bringing even their babies to him [Jesus] so that he would touch them.” (NAS)

What do all three of these verses have in common? They all use the exact same Greek word “brephos” to describe a baby.

The first “brephos” is still in the womb. (Luke 1:41)

The second “brephos” is a newborn. (Luke 2:12)

The third “brephos” describes infants in general. (Luke 18:15)

God, in His Word, makes no distinction between babies in the womb and babies outside the womb. It plainly implies God sees the baby in the womb the same as the baby outside the womb. The language could not be clearer.

Therefore, if God is okay with killing a “brephos” in the womb, then it logically follows that God is okay with killing any “brephos,” including those outside the womb. Of course, that clearly violates the sixth commandment, “Thou shalt not murder.” Conversely, if God considers it murder to kill a six-month old post-birth “brephos” then it necessarily follows that He considers it murder to kill a “brephos” still inhabiting the womb. Again, God makes no distinction. According to Scripture a “brephos” is a “brephos” is a “brephos.” In this case, segregated personhood (real or imagined) is irrelevant to the outcome. Either God loves every “brephos” or He doesn’t. Would you agree?

Although I regard this as sufficient information on which to make an informed decision about God’s view of abortion, let’s keep going and take a look at it from another perspective. Since the Supreme Court purportedly does not believe that a human being in the womb necessarily qualifies as “person” let’s go to the lowest possible common denominator of what qualifies a person as a person: personality.

Let’s go back to the Scriptures again. Do we ever see a fetus portrayed as a person or as possessing personality?

Open your Bible to Luke 1:39-44. It’s the story of when pregnant Mary meets her pregnant cousin Elizabeth. What does the text say? “…when the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby [brephos] leaped in my womb for joy.” (NAS) Did you catch that? The Bible indicates the in utero “brephos” leaped for “joy.” In other words, the fetus felt and expressed joy. In what world does a non-person feel and express joy? If you feel and express joy, you clearly possess a personality trait. And if you possess personality then by the most basic definition you are a person.

If you still remain unconvinced, let’s go back to Luke 1:15. This verse occurs in the middle of the story of the angel informing Zacharias that his wife Elizabeth will bear a son (John the Baptist): “For he will be great in the sight of the Lord; and he will drink no wine or liquor, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit while yet in his mother’s womb.”(NAS) A “brephos” in the womb was filled with the Holy Spirit. Every other instance of the phrase, “filled with the Holy Spirit,” in Scripture always denotes a person—no exceptions. Therefore, the only reasonable conclusion, based on the evidence in Scripture, is that God considers the fetus (brephos) in Elizabeth’s womb to be a person.

You get the point. God does not distinguish between a fetus (brephos) in the womb and a baby (brephos) outside the womb. However, just to be abundantly clear, God made sure to let us know that babies in the womb are persons because they can feel and express personality traits thereby making them persons in the most basic sense of the word. And finally, God let us know that a fetus can be “filled with the Holy Spirit,” again implying personhood.

So, is it possible to be pro-choice and a Christian? I am not the Judge so I’ll leave that between you and your Creator. It really doesn’t matter how I feel. You’re answerable to Him, and Him alone—not me. My intent is simply to give you the best information I can.

However, the critical question is, do you, in your heart of hearts, believe the God of the Bible is pro-choice? Or to put it another way, do you think it makes God happy when a doctor rips the arms and legs off a (brephos) fetus He created in His image? God loves the “brephos” and mother alike; He created both in His image. That’s why both possess infinite, irrevocable value in His eyes.

Proverbs 24:11-12 says, “Rescue those being led away to death; hold back those staggering toward slaughter. If you say, ‘But we knew nothing about this,’ does not he who weighs the heart perceive it? Does not he who guards your life know it? Will he not repay everyone according to what they have done?” (NIV)

GOD is the Issue.

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Seventeen years ago today, my dad, Bill Bright, finished his race at the age of 81. I miss him greatly.

I still marvel at was his single-mindedness on helping to fulfill the Great Commission of Jesus. He never deviated. He never allowed anything to hijack that calling. He bled unbridled passion when it came to giving every person on earth an opportunity to know God personally. But that passion came with a price.

Every time he left home for the airport the Enemy would whisper in his ear, “Bill, you will never see your family again.” But because he had embraced God’s call on his life, he went anyway, trusting God with his family, albeit with many tears.

Dad was intentional about his lifestyle as well, never wanting to create barriers which might cause someone to reject Christ. When a group of businessmen offered to give Campus Crusade a plane in order to reduce the incredible wear and tear on his body (he traveled 80% of the time for 50 years) he turned it down because he felt it might cause many to question his motivation for being in ministry thereby undermining his effectiveness as a messenger of the gospel. Whenever friends sent limousines to pick him up at the airport he would slink down in the backseat, afraid someone might see and be turned off to the gospel. For fifty years he flew economy class routinely declining free upgrades to first class. It is why he never owned a home. He didn’t even own the car he drove. His focus was always on the lost. He made every decision in light of the proclamation of the gospel.

Our family was affected by his passion for the lost as well. When we vacationed I would often turn around to find my dad lagging behind, talking with yet another person about how they could know God personally. Once, I got frustrated with him during a vacation at the beach for making us wait while he talked with one more person about Jesus. I asked, “Don’t you think that for just a few days you could refrain from talking with everyone along the way about Jesus?” He paused for about one second, and then softly said, “No, I can’t.”

Please don’t misunderstand, his single-minded focus did not mean he disregarded societal ills. He fasted one day a week for years and gave the money he saved to help feed the poor, but he never allowed his deep compassion for the poor to supplant God’s primary call. He often thundered at the dinner table that he wanted to go chain himself to the columns outside the Supreme Court until Roe V. Wade was overturned, but instead he remained focused on the Great Commission of Jesus Christ. He built bridges across the racial divide despite incredible opposition, but he never wavered from his primary mission of helping reach the world for Jesus Christ. Not even good causes could distract him from his primary calling.

Now my dad, my mother and my brother have all gone on ahead. It’s remarkably sobering; I’m the only one left on earth of the family in which I grew up. I am acutely aware that my time is coming soon enough. Until then I still have a race to run. What will I do with my remaining days, months or years? Will I focus on the symptoms of a broken view of God (abortion, racism, same-sex-marriage, poverty) or will I single-mindedly focus on making God Himself the primary issue? I know what Bill Bright would do.

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