Pete Buttgieg intends to be the first openly homosexual president in American history. (Cory Booker is trying to tamp down speculation about his own proclivities by squiring actress Rosario Dawson around town. But she had to be coaxed into endorsing him, giving the lie to the whole thing.)
Unfortunately, Buttigieg is making such a transparent and phony play for evangelical votes that his shtick isn’t convincing anyone. Earlier in the campaign, he tried to squeeze open borders and minimum wage mandates out of Scripture, and now he’s breezily trying to wedge abortion in.
Said Buttigieg, “There’s a lot of parts of the Bible that talk about how life begins with breath.” He’s dead wrong. First, there aren’t “a lot of parts of the Bible” that talk about this, there’s just one: when God “breathed into (Adam’s) nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature” (Genesis 2:7). After that, as science tells us, life begins not with breath but with conception. In other words, a human being is alive for nine months before he draws his first breath.
Luke 1:39 and 44 make this abundantly clear. When Mary went to visit Elizabeth, then in her sixth month, Elizabeth said that at the sound of Mary’s greeting “the baby in my womb leaped for joy” (Luke 1:44). It was capable not only of physical response to auditory stimuli but emotional response as well. It was a baby, not a clump of cells or a blob of tissue.
David says, “For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me (note: not ‘what became me’) together in my mother’s womb” (Psalm 139:13). That’s enough for me, and it would be for Mayor Pete if he was sincere about his faith.
But though Buttigieg is plainly wrong both genetically and biblically, he still smugly tries to pass himself off as the most thoroughgoing, Bible-believing, evangelical-type Christian in the entire field. But if you parse his words about “life begins at breath,” his view is monstrous. To put it bluntly, his view is that if you can deliver a baby and kill it before it breathes, you haven’t killed a baby because it’s not even alive. That’s not biblical, it’s evil. It’s infanticide with a scriptural patina to fool the misguided who want to believe the Bible justifies abortion.
Perhaps Buttigieg should look at an ultrasound of a baby in the womb, smiling, sucking his thumb, moving his arms and legs, but not breathing air, and then try to convince us that the baby is not alive. If he can believe a lie that big, he is not qualified to wield political power.
Life-saving surgeries have been done on babies in the womb at 21 weeks of gestation. In one memorable picture, the baby can be seen reaching its little hand out of the womb and wrapping it around the thumb of the surgeon. It takes a callous heart not to be moved by that image and not to find it compelling proof that a pregnant woman is carrying a baby and not a blob of protoplasm.
But the truth is that Buttigieg doesn’t care about what the Bible says. He doesn’t even care what God says, because at the end of the day, it’s not God’s call. “I might draw the line here, you might draw the line there, but the most important thing is the person who should be drawing the line is the woman making the decision.”
No mention there about God drawing the line anywhere. It’s the mother, not God, who gives a baby its right to life – but only if she wants to. That is the doctrine of demons, not God.
Buttigieg has also declared that while aborting a baby is not a sin, not taking care of the environment most certainly is. I’m not sure what Buttigieg is trying to accomplish with this shallow and callow approach to Scripture and to human life, but it’s not going to work with any but the most deluded among us.
Buttigieg is “married” to the brother of evangelical pastor Ryan Glezman, who is calling on Mayor Pete to “repent” of “weaponizing” Scripture to promote a false religion, a religion he is making up out of his own head.
“God,” says Glezman, “places a very high value on all human life. Everyone is created fearfully and wonderfully in the image of God with intrinsic value. That doesn’t start at the first breath, it starts when we enter our mother’s womb.”
The Apostle warned us about those who would distort the word of God just to gain followers (or attract voters). “After my departure, fierce wolves will come in among you, and from among our own selves will arise men speaking twisted things (literally, ‘perverted things’), to draw away the disciples after them” (Acts 20:29-30).
Bottom line: Buttigieg’s views on abortion, the environment, and homosexuality make him a terrific Democrat but a terrible Christian. A man with these convictions does not belong anywhere near the seat of power in the United States.
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