Fanatical Christians

As a Christian and a believer in the sanctity of human life—all life, not just that in the womb– I am deeply troubled when I hear my fellow evangelicals justifying their support for the current administration and Judge Kavanaugh by claiming, “But we have to overturn Roe v. Wade!”

A fanatic is someone who is willing to sacrifice anything (and anyone) to achieve some end, even a good one. Jesus never expected his disciples to behave in such a way. Yet in their zeal to assure the overturn of Roe v. Wade, many of my fellow believers seem willing to throw everything (country, conscience, Constitution, communities of color, immigrants, the poor, even common decency and biblical standards of behavior) under the bus.

The best available data reveal clearly that poverty and economic insecurity are the most common factors in fueling abortion rates. Therefore, would it not also make sense to address the problem at the root? I think rational people on both sides of the issue could agree that abortion is a traumatizing ordeal and that making it as rare as possible is a worthwhile goal. We might even also agree that poverty is a bad thing. Instead of anathematizing each other and tearing the country apart, couldn’t we join hands and agree to start there, at the root?

Jesus never commanded his followers to establish a theocratic state. Instead, he told them to spread the gospel to all nations, including healing the sick and helping the poor.

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