Pastor Gets Rebuked For Saying Christians Shouldn’t Take Political Sides: “Have Some Spiritual Backbone”

Opinion   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Feb 3, 2020   |   5:46PM   |   Washington, DC

Presidential elections always bring up debates among Christians about America’s two biggest political parties.

A pastor from Arkansas recently questioned how Christians can vote for President Donald Trump because of his personal behavior and immigration policies, while others ask how anyone can support any of the Democrat candidates, all of whom would expand the killing of unborn babies in abortions for any reason up to birth and force taxpayers to pay for them.

Recently, Pastor Andy Stanley (pictured), a prominent evangelical pastor at North Point Community Church in Georgia, has been preaching a sermon series about not taking political sides, according to One News Now.

But other pastors say it is pretty clear that one political party is not following Christ’s teachings.

Stanley argued that he could make Christian arguments in favor of both major political parties.

“If I were given the assignment [to] come up with a sermon that would demonstrate, in fact, that the Republican Party and the Republican platform is in sync with the teaching of Jesus, I could do that,” he said. “And if somebody else were to come along and [ask me to] create a sermon that shows that the Democrat platform and their values is in sync with the teachings of Jesus, I could do that, too.”

But Christian apologist Dr. Alex McFarland told One News Now that he believes the choice for voters is clear.

“If you’re even trying to vote Biblically these days, there’s pretty much one party that’s in line with Scripture and one party that’s not,” McFarland said.

He said Stanley’s sermons disappointed him: “Come on, man – have some courage. Get some theological and scriptural backbone and have the courage to tell your parishioners what the issues are.”

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J.D. Greear, president of the Southern Baptist Convention, commented similarly last May, urging voters to consider candidates’ positions on abortion, according to the report.

“If at the end of the day you look at it and feel like whoever the Democratic candidate is, you feel like that of all the different things, this is the better of the options, well that’s great,” Greear said. “Make sure you’re clear about the wickedness of abortion. Make sure you’re clear about the preciousness of religious liberty.”

For many Christians, abortion is a deciding issue for their vote, and the contrast between the parties and their presidential candidates is huge. The Democratic Party platform supports unrestricted abortions up to birth and taxpayer-funded abortions. What’s more, Democrats in Congress repeatedly blocked legislation to protect newborns from infanticide in 2019 – going even beyond birth in their radical abortion extremism. A number of Democrat politicians have been trying to erode religious freedom as well, forcing charities like Little Sisters of the Poor to fight for years in court for basic conscience protections.

Meanwhile, the Republican Party supports the right to life for unborn babies as “fundamental,” and calls for a human life amendment to the U.S. Constitution. It also opposes euthanasia and assisted suicide. Recently, more than 200 Republican lawmakers urged the U.S. Supreme Court to reconsider Roe v. Wade and allow states to protect unborn babies once again.

Since Roe v. Wade in 1973, more than 61 million unborn babies have been killed in abortions. Christians are called to protect the most vulnerable in society, and none have been as targeted for discrimination and death as the unborn.