The political calculus required to do so is strange, considering the trends in the Democratic Party. One Christian writer puts the conflict this way, “Or, is voting for abortion and persecution of Christians a sign of a poorly developed Christian worldview and theology?” Usually the question isn’t put so bluntly, but the writer pulls no punches. The question is worth exploring.
Political calculations are often complex. In the recent election, many Christians voted Democrat, not because of abortion or religious persecution (who would vote for a candidate intentionally because that candidate goes against one’s faith?) but instead because abortion isn’t likely to end under any president. This subset of evangelicals has sort of thrown in the towel and declared that abortion is an evil that Christians will have to learn to live with. Republicans haven’t gotten rid of it, so there’s no use voting for them anyway. Democrats care more about the poor, and Christ calls us to care for the least among us.
This argument isn’t completely wrong. Abortion on the whole isn’t likely to go away anytime soon unless Christians did some sort of mass boycott and demonstration (peacefully of course, compared to what happened when leftists took to the streets). Even then though, a sizable part of the country supports abortion, not as a necessary evil but as a positive right for all women, worthy of being exercised whenever a woman decides best, even if the woman has suspicious reasons, like aborting a baby with Down syndrome. There can be no questions to a woman’s right to choose because she has a near absolute right to choose however she wishes.
The “abortion isn’t going away“ argument at least makes partial sense. Political observers can sit back and see the logic behind the position, even if they ultimately disagree.
But religious persecution is a different scenario. Because so many Christians voted for a party that has decided it will actively persecute all conservative Christians, I am at a loss as to why the persecution argument wasn’t discussed more, or why the Christians voting for Biden didn’t provide any defense against this argument. The Democratic Party as a whole does not truly believe in religious liberty. They want to force conservative Christians to bake cakes for gay weddings. They want to force preachers to perform gay weddings. (Regardless of your personal opinion on same-sex marriage, there is a religious liberty issue here). Amy Coney Barrett was mocked simply for being Catholic. Curiously, they haven’t yet decided to force Muslims and Jews to sell pork, but who knows what the future holds? They really would love to make private Christian schools illegal, but that day hasn’t come…yet.
So, pro-life evangelicals for Biden voted for a party that advocates, as a right, what these evangelicals believe is the murder of innocent children. They voted for a party that advocates reducing religious liberty to a right in name only.
This voting calculus is all done in the name of “social justice” and Donald Trump.
Donald Trump’s character seems to have turned off some conservative Christians. His character turned me off. I never warmed up to many parts about him, but I did make peace with the alternative. 2016 was Clinton, one of the most corrupt politicians in all of American history. One could easily understand how Trump might oust her.
Joe Biden doesn’t elicit the same visceral response. Many people either feel warmly or neutral towards him. He’s a little hokey, but he’s not seen as much of a threat to anyone. He’s seen more as a follower and a firm member of the Democratic establishment.
The bipartisan Biden of old who at least supported the Hyde amendment no longer does. He may still be a moderate at heart, but he is likely to govern more from the left.
The pro-life evangelicals for Biden may someday have much to answer for.