This presidential election is proving to be one of the most difficult and challenging elections in recent history. On the one hand there is Joe Biden, an avowed pro-abortion candidate, who seems more presidential, courteous, and civil, and on the other hand there is President Trump, a president who drops the F-bomb on national radio, who has openly bragged about groping women before going into public office, who has a tendency to be rude and crude.
Some argue that Trump is sexist, racist, treasonous, unethical, profane, and a narcissist. While some of those accusations may be true, others are false, and some are greatly exaggerated. For these reasons and more, there are some who are arguing that it is not only legitimate, but morally right to vote for Joe Biden. Recently a friend messaged me who is pro-life, arguing that a vote for Trump would be wrong and that Biden is the better choice since he is a one woman man, a loving father, as well as a moral, ethical, and honorable man, a person who will arguably restore the Presidency to a place of honor. As with Trump, at least one of those points is true. Biden is a one-woman man. However, whether or not he is a loving father, only his children can possibly know that. Simply because Biden or his wife say he was a loving father is not proof he was. And in a political climate, if his children want him to win the presidency, they’re going to say he was a loving father even if he was not. With regards to being moral, ethical, and honorable. It’s difficult to understand how someone who supports the LGBTQ agenda, who supports abortion on demand at any stage, including partial-birth abortions, and who during his first year at Syracuse Law School was caught plagiarizing five of fifteen pages of a law review article, and since then has been caught plagiarizing the speeches of numerous political figures. Moral, ethical, and honorable? Hardly.
However, the point of this article is not to argue that Biden is less moral, ethical or honorable than Trump. I believe they are both equally immoral, unethical, and dishonorable. Biden is simply better at hiding his flaws. He is a well-polished politician. Trump’s greatest flaw is that he doesn’t seem to have an unarticulated thought. The man has no filter. Nevertheless, on the surface it would appear Biden would do less harm to the integrity and honor of the Oval Office, that he might actually restore the respect once afforded to the title--Mr. President. It is for this reason that many “pro-life” voters and many “evangelical Christians” are considering voting for Joe Biden. It is difficult to accept that Donald Trump is the primary representative of the United States, that he represents us, that he is the Commander-in-Chief of all U.S. armed forces, that he is our national leader. Many would rather have a pro-abortion President who won’t embarrass us on the world stage. Besides, no president has the authority to overturn Roe v. Wade or to end abortion anyway, so let’s elect a “respectable” president and then continue to fight against abortion behind the scenes.
Some argue that pro-lifers can vote for Joe Biden because being pro-life means more than just being opposed to abortion. Recently a group of professing evangelicals published a statement titled “Pro-Life Evangelicals for Biden.” The opening paragraph states that “as Pro-Life Evangelicals, we disagree with Vice President Biden and the Democratic platform on the issue of abortion. But we believe a biblically shaped commitment to the sanctity of human life compels us to a consistent ethic of life that affirms the sanctify of human life from beginning to end.” The statement goes on to say, “Many things that good political decisions could change destroy persons created in the image of God and violate the sanctity of human life. Poverty kills millions every year. So does lack of healthcare and smoking. Racism kills. Unless we quickly make major changes, devastating climate change will kill tens of millions. Poverty, lack of accessible health care services, smoking, racism and climate change are all pro-life issues.” Their point is that abortion is just one of many pro-life issues and we should not focus on one tree and lose sight of the forest.
The problem is that all the other issues mentioned are complex issues that cannot be objectively measured and do not have a simple straight-forward solution. In other words, how many people exactly die each year as the direct result of poverty? There is no way to objectively measure that. Largely, it depends on how one defines poverty. And how do we end poverty? Lyndon B. Johnson was the first president to declare war on poverty back in 1964. We are still trying to end poverty. Exactly how many racists are there in the world? There is no way to determine that. Even the very definition of racism is debatable. How to end racism is even more complex because racism is not a cultural, economic, or political problem--it’s a spiritual problem—it’s a heart issue. And the issue of climate change is still being debated among reputable scientists. As recently as September 2019 a group of 500 scientists sent a letter to the United Nations stating that “there is no climate emergency.”[i]
However, when it comes to the issue of abortion—this is not a complex issue which can be objectively measured and does have a simple straight-forward solution. Since Roe v. Wade (1973), 61.6 million unborn babies have been murdered. This means on average the United States government has sanctioned the murder of 1.3 million babies every year since 1973. We know how many babies have died as the direct result of abortion every year, and the solution is simple--end it. In the United States, if a person kills a nine-month old baby, that person will be prosecuted for murder and sent to prison, even if the killer is the child’s own mother. But if that same mother and her doctor kill her baby at nine-months gestation, fully formed, able to survive outside the womb, the baby’s killers are granted immunity from prosecution. How we end poverty or racism or lack of health care or climate change are difficult questions to answer. How we end abortion is not.
To be fair, no president has the authority to end abortion or overturn Roe v. Wade, but what a president does during his terms in office can directly save many unborn babies from being murdered. President Trump, for all his faults and flaws and despicable behavior (and there are many), has been the most pro-life President of any President since Roe v. Wade.[ii] He is the first president to attend March for Life in Washington, D.C. He signed an “executive order stating that faith-based employers and organizations cannot be forced to violate their religious beliefs in order to comply with laws like the Affordable Care Act.” He “implemented new rules to prevent Title X Family Planning funds from going to abortion clinics, shifted funds to community health centers and allowed states to exclude abortion providers from Medicaid programs.” He “reinstated the Mexico City Policy to prevent U.S. tax-funding of global organizations that promote abortion as a method of family planning.” He “called on Congress to pass a ban on late-term abortions, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, and protection for babies who survive abortions and vowed to veto any bill weakening pro-life policies, including repeal of the long-standing Hyde Amendment.” The Hyde Amendment forbids federal scientists working at the National Institutes of Health from obtaining tissue samples from elective abortions for research projects. Trump also “ensured that employers cannot be forced to violate their religious beliefs to provide coverage for things like abortifacients in healthcare plans and strengthened enforcement of 25 federal conscience rights and religious freedom laws protecting doctors, nurses, pharmacists and other healthcare workers.” He has also appointed two strict constructionists to the Supreme Court (Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh) and is about to appoint his third, Amy Coney Barrett. Along with Samuel Alito, John Roberts, and Clarence Thomas, if he is able to appoint one or two more justices over the next four years, there may come a day when Roe v. Wade can be overturned. President Trump cannot single-handedly end abortion or overturn Roe v. Wade. However, since 1975 the United States has consistently performed over 1 million abortion per year. Since 2016, that number has dropped to an average of 866,246 abortions per year. Arguably President Trump’s actions have saved the lives of over 500,000 babies.
In comparison, Joe Biden is an avowed pro-abortion candidate. According to his own campaign website, if elected President he “supports repealing the Hyde Amendment.” He “will work to codify Roe v. Wade, and his Justice Department will do everything in its power to stop the rash of state laws that so blatantly violate Roe v. Wade.” He will “restore federal funding for Planned Parenthood.” He will “rescind the Mexico City Policy (also referred to as the global gag rule) that President Trump reinstated and expanded.” And he will “restore the Affordable Care Act’s contraception mandate in place before the U.S. Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision” which will require faith-based organizations to provide health care plans which provide for abortions and abortifacients. In short, he will do everything he can to take the number of aborted babies back up to over 1 million per year.
But should evangelical Christians be single-issue voters? Should we not be concerned about other quality-of-life issues, such as poverty, health care, racism, climate change, etc.? Should we vote for a candidate who is morally bankrupt simply because he takes a pro-life stance? The answer to these questions depends on one’s priorities and goals. If it is your goal to do what is best for the overall country, for the United States, and for future American generations, then you should not be a single-issue voter. However, if your goal is to do that which is most glorifying and pleasing to God, then bringing an end to abortion is the single most important issue of our day. There is nothing more valuable to God in all of creation than human life. Only humans are created as the image of God (Genesis 1:27), and 800 years before the Law was given through Moses, God prescribed capital punishment for murder precisely because humans are made in God’s image (Genesis 9:6). We talk about the Jewish Holocaust of World War II, where six million Jews were exterminated, as though it were the most horrific instance of genocide perpetuated at the hands of government in world history. But since 1973, 61 million babies have been exterminated at the hands of our government with the approval of the American voter. As a nation, we sacrifice our babies at the alters of convenience, political expediency, and profit. We live in a nation where 70% of Americans identify as “Christian,” so then how has the abortion industry continued to survive and thrive? The priorities of too many “Christians” align with what is best for America rather than aligning with Scripture. Too many “Christians” are more American than they are Christian.
The election comes down to this—do you want a President who is more presidential in his behavior or a President who will save the lives of unborn babies? Are we most concerned with what is best for America or are we most concerned with stopping the infant holocaust taking place right under our noses?