Prominent Baptist leader Al Mohler did not vote for Donald Trump in 2016.
But the Republican president’s strong pro-life actions contrasted with the radical pro-abortion proposals of Democrat challenger Joe Biden convinced the evangelical Christian leader to support Trump in November, the Christian Post reports.
“The difference between a Trump administration and a Biden administration will shape a generation and have a very great deal to do with the future of our nation,” Mohler wrote on his blog this week. “My convictions lead me to a very clear conclusion in this election. I hope and vote for the election of Donald Trump and the Republican ticket for a second term and for a continued Republican majority in the U.S. Senate.”
Mohler, the president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, said some of the issues that matter to him most include rights for unborn babies and religious freedom, both of which Trump has taken strong steps to protect.
In 2016, Mohler said he doubted Trump’s sincerity when he promised to be a pro-life president. In the past four years, however, he said Trump has proven true to his word.
“In terms of presidential action, Donald Trump has been the most effective and consequential pro-life president of the modern age,” the pastor said. “Furthermore, in both executive actions and court appointments, President Trump has gone far beyond what would have been politically necessary to secure his base. He has staked his place in history and has defied the accommodationist temptation and has given pro-life Americans more than any other president.”
In contrast, he said Biden and his vice presidential running mate, Kamala Harris, would be “the most pro-abortion political force in American history.”
“The Democratic Party is now so pro-abortion (and yes, that is the right term) that it has declared opposition to any restriction on abortion and demands tax-payer funding for abortion,” Mohler said. “Those who deny this reality are dishonest.”
Mohler said he understands why some Christians cannot support Trump because of his “divisive comments and sub-presidential behavior.” However, he said it is “beyond my moral imagination” how any pro-lifer or Christian can vote for Biden.
The two presidential candidates have drastically opposing positions on unborn babies’ right to life.
Biden supports the killing of unborn babies in abortions without restriction and wants to force taxpayers to fund them. In June, he said he supports abortions “under any circumstances” and wants to codify Roe v. Wade into federal law. He also said one of his first acts as president would be to restore funding to Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion chain in America.
Also concerning to many Christians, Biden promised to restore an Obama-era mandate that would force the nuns with Little Sisters of the Poor and other religious employers to fund contraception, including types that may cause abortions, in their employee health insurance plans.
In contrast, Trump has taken numerous actions to protect unborn babies, both on a national and global scale. He defunded Planned Parenthood through his Mexico City and Title X policies and introduced new restrictions to stop taxpayer dollars from funding research using aborted baby body parts. Trump stopped giving American tax dollars to United Nations Population Fund because it pushes abortions on other countries and has worked with China for decades to implement its forced abortion population control policies.
Additionally, the Trump administration has been fighting to protect pro-life medical workers from employment discrimination. Last year, it became involved in a Vermont nurse’s case after she said her employer, the University of Vermont Medical Center, tricked her into participating in an abortion against her will. It also created a new rule to better enforce conscience protections and punish medical groups that discriminate against pro-life medical workers.