A left-wing pastor has an abortion
“When the words are many, there is no lack of transgression” (Proverbs 10:19), so it is no wonder that among all the ink spilled on the leak Dobbs draft decision, there were at least some shocking takes.
Such a take came from Leftist Pastor Brandan Robertson, “God has given all human beings authority and autonomy over their own bodies. And if Roe v Wade is cancelled, it will be yet another attack on women’s authority and autonomy over their own bodies. No Psalm 139 for him. I guess consistency requires that anyone who ignores “you knit me in my mother’s womb” (verse 14) also ignores “you surround me, behind and in front, and lay your hand upon me” (verse 5) and “Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts!” (verse 23) – not to mention the rest of the Bible.
“It’s hard to even call him a ‘Christian’ pastor,” said David Closson, director of the FRC’s Center for Biblical Worldview. “On some level, yes,” we have autonomy over our own bodies, he noted. “That’s one of the reasons I was against vaccination mandates…. But do we have unlimited autonomy? No. And do we have unlimited rights to do anything with someone’s body? other? Absolutely not.”
Closson explained Robertson’s trail of beliefs with the worldly perspective identified by Carl Trueman in his powerful book, The rise and triumph of the modern self. This worldview praises “being able to do what you want, when you want. You follow the dictates of your feelings, your emotions, your desires. And so it’s disconnected from any understanding of responsibility or accountability to God.
“The secular world says ‘my body, my choice,'” added Joseph Backholm, host of Friday’s Worldview Conversation on “Washington Watch.” “Scripture says otherwise.” Christians are called to live as if their bodies belonged to Jesus, not to themselves. Paul says, “It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me” (Galatians 2:20), and “offer your bodies as a living sacrifice” (Romans 12:1), and “you are not yours , for you have been bought with a price. Therefore glorify God in your body” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20). “The starting assumption is that I am subject to Christ,” Backholm explained.
In earlier times, even non-Christians in America understood that each person is responsible to God; this assumption underlay the oath requirements to hold certain offices or testify in court. Responsibility and rights are two sides of the same coin, a coin minted by God. Today, people pick and choose which parts of religion to believe (i.e. inventing their own), embracing rights and relinquishing responsibility. So President Joe Biden might say (in defense of abortion): “I believe I have rights that I don’t have because the government gave them to me, which you believe, but because I don’t. am only a child of God, I exist.” Rights come from God, Closson noted, but “President Biden doesn’t really believe in them.” that God gave them.
Robertson had another zinger, “If we are to bend this nation’s moral bow toward God’s vision of justice and fairness, we must demand that women’s rights be protected and that abortion be health care. .” Backholm warned that Robertson uses “buzzwords” to “generate sympathy” and that “linguistic maneuvers like this can be persuasive unless we have a framework” for understanding what the Bible actually teaches. “When it’s our frame, then we can look at someone who is well-meaning [but wrong]…and we can say, ‘well, maybe a nice guy, but the things he says aren’t true.’ »
Abortion activists “have an idea of what they think justice or fairness should look like,” which they “superimpose… on Holy Scripture,” Closson said. “We don’t start with our own ideas of justice…. We want first and foremost to go to the Bible and ask ourselves what is God’s idea of justice? Someone who fixes cars in their spare time won’t be fooled by a dishonest mechanic because they know what they’re talking about. In the same way, a Christian who regularly studies the Bible and understands it will not be deceived by someone who tries to twist it to mean something it does not mean.
“The Bible is not a philosophical manual” where “we just go to debate…. It is the revealed word of God, and so we go there for belief and obedience,” Closson said. He is the author of a publication on Biblical Principles for Pro-Life Engagement that begins with what the Bible teaches, not what man’s mistaken reason has invented.
“Emotional manipulation…ad hominem attack…these tactics are used so often in public policy debates,” Backholm said. But “[blessed is the man whose] the pleasure is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by a stream of water, which bears fruit in its season and whose leaves do not wither. In everything he does he succeeds” (Psalm 1:2-3). How firmly are you grounded in the word of God?