In an interview with the Christian Post promoting his new book, J. D. Greear appeared to offer a way for Christians to vote for a Democratic presidentical candidate in 2020. The president of the Southern Baptist Convention called on evangelical Christians to be willing to critique any candidate they support—even when they vote for the Party of Infanticide—the Democratic Party.
Greear told the Christian Post, “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. Make sure you’re clear about the wickedness of abortion. Make sure you’re clear about the preciousness of religious liberty and the right of conscience, and the fact that people need to have the dignity to make their own choices and to provide for themselves. Just make sure you’re clear about whatever it is that is on the other side from where you voted.”
How can any Christian who holds to a biblically based worldview support the Party of Infanticide? Would it be possible to put into office someone who desires more abortions over any candidate who promises to work for reduced abortions? In what possible world would a pastor say, “Well that’s great?”
But that is what Greear said. That somehow a Christian could put aside all the Bible’s teaching on the sanctity of innocent human life and the good of Christian religious liberty and cast a ballot for more murder.
And Russell Moore mocked Lesser of Two Evils voting! This is a philosophical and theological disaster.
Of course, what more should we expect from the guy who wrote a book asserting Christians and Muslims worship the same God? (He’s nuanced that claim a lot lately, including in a new video. The video argument is much better than his book. So, that’s an improvement in theological precision.) Greear also urged Christians to “tear down all hierarchy” in the church. This is of interest once again given the fiasco of women trying to preach in Southern Baptist churches.
But back to voting.
A Christian should not enable more murder by voting for pro-abortion candidates. There is no social welfare policy, health care fix nor employment scheme that would justify more murder. While the Bible does not provide a roadmap on healthcare policy or defense procurement, it speaks loudly about innocent life. Justice demands we Christians engage all our abilities as citizens to protect innocent life.
Of course, some might claim this could apply in a small, local election.
Greear made this comment within the context of discussing national politics in general and the 2020 election in particular. However, while it could be possible to vote for a Democratic candidate in a local race, that is unlikely given the requirement for candidates to endorse their party platforms. Never forget that the Democratic House candidate or Senate candidate votes to put Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer into power once elected.
Those types of leaders are horrible for life and religious liberty.
Voting for a Democrat isn’t “great.” Voting for a Democrat doesn’t promote justice. Voting for a Democrat promotes injustice. It promotes murder. It promotes the persecution of Christians (doubt that? See the Equality Act.)
Christians need pastors who speak the truth and tell the world the hard things. Right now, it is hard to say it, but it remains true–it is almost always sinful to vote Democratic.