Evangelical Christian leader Franklin Graham said it is “absurd” for Madonna to claim that Jesus would have supported the killing of unborn babies in abortions.
The pop singer made the claim last week during an interview with an Australian news outlet. Speculating about what she would say if she had the chance to meet the pope, Madonna said she would bring up abortion.
“Let’s talk about Jesus’ point of view about women,” Madonna said. “… And don’t you think Jesus would agree that a woman has the right to choose what to do with her body?”
On Monday, Graham, a prominent pro-life advocate, responded the celebrity’s radical claims, CBN News reports.
“Madonna says that the Author of Life, Jesus Christ, would approve of the destruction of life through abortion. That’s absurd! I’m sorry that Madonna and others who believe the way she does are so misled,” Graham wrote on Facebook.
“They must not understand that one day God will hold them accountable. To stand before a Holy God with the blood of the unborn on your hands is a frightening thought,” he continued.
He said people can find hope in repentance, “faith and trust in Jesus Christ, our Creator and the giver of life.”
Madonna was raised Catholic, but her political views stray far from Catholic teachings on the sanctity of human life. Pope Francis has compared abortion to hiring a “contract killer” and condemned it as a problem with the modern “throw-away” culture.
Christianity teaches that abortion is a grave moral evil, and every human life, from conception to natural death, is valuable because we are made in God’s image.