Opinion: Progressive Christians' vote for Biden fails their own smell test

by Peter Heck · Oct 30th, 2020 7:02 am
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Last Updated Oct 30th, 2020 at 11:26 pm

It was as refreshing as it was surprising. Reading the latest offering of left-wing political activist Shane Claiborne, co-director of the heretical Red Letter Christian movement that foolishly pretends to appeal to a "higher Christian ethic" by pitting the words of Jesus against the rest of Scripture, I found myself nodding in agreement.

Encouraging Christians to keep the proper perspective during election season, Claiborne wrote,

"One of the greatest temptations during election year is to misplace our hope. We are tempted to put our hope in a party or a candidate who we think will save us from the chaos we are in. But as the old hymn goes, "My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus' blood and righteousness. … On Christ the solid rock I stand; all other ground is sinking sand." There is a lot of sinking sand these days. Lots of big promises and empty words. We are bound to be disappointed if we put too much hope in a person or a party."

Those are wise words. But like I said, they were also quite surprising coming from a man who months ago blocked me on Twitter for daring to rebuke his persistent shilling for the Democrat Party in the name of Jesus. This apparent about-face made me think that perhaps Claiborne had backed away from the political idolatry of progressivism.

Sadly, just a few paragraphs later it became clear he hadn't:

"If you have a hard time voting for a particular candidate this year, perhaps consider what it means to vote for the people Jesus blessed. Vote for the poor. Vote for immigrants. Vote for families separated at our border and for the kids in cages. Vote for those without health care. Vote for those who are incarcerated and those who aren't allowed to vote. Vote for the victims of violence. Vote for Breonna Taylor. Vote for love…I will vote against hatred, and fear, and misogyny. I will vote against Trump."

To be fair, Claiborne artfully dodges any direct admission that he is voting for Biden. But context clues don't make it hard to make a reasonable deduction – he says opting out isn't Christian, he says voting for Trump isn't Christian…the blanks aren't difficult to fill in.

I don't care if Shane Claiborne votes for Donald Trump or not. As a believer, his vote is a form of worship to God and since he alone will be answerable for that, I will always defend a man's right to vote his conscience. What I won't defend, what I can't defend, and what I can't let go unchallenged, is the silly supposition that to vote for Biden or the Democrat Party is to vote "for the people Jesus blessed."

The poor?
The single most effective entity in feeding the hungry and supporting the poor – by far – is the evangelical church. From the Orwellian named "Equality Act" to threats of stripping tax-exempt status from churches, the Democrat Party represents an existential threat to the ability of these houses of worship to continue providing this unparalleled benevolence. No friend of the poor votes to declare war on churches.

Immigrants?
Any belief that a Biden/Harris immigration policy would benefit immigrants is tragically uninformed. Obviously, an open border approach perilously strains taxpayer resources and unfairly punishes legal immigrants. But it also fuels the sex trade, providing and facilitating human trafficking, as well as motivating hazardous journeys that endanger countless women and children refugees.

Families separated at our border and kids in cages?
Who would think these kids and families are best served by returning to power those who built the cages and initiated this policy?

Those without healthcare?
Almost 6 million people lost their insurance plans and coverage as a direct result of the increased rules and regulations associated with the enactment of Obamacare. It, again, is a confused person who thinks the way to assist the poor is to empower those who threaten churches and enact onerous policies like the Affordable Care Act.

Those incarcerated?
Joe Biden worked with segregationists to co-author the crime bill, bragging about how it would, "lock the SOBs up." And his running mate, Kamala Harris? As Tulsi Gabbard exposed in a Democrat primary debate:

"She [Harris] put over 1,500 people in jail for marijuana violations and then laughed about it when she was asked if she ever smoked marijuana.She blocked evidence that would have freed an innocent man from death row until the courts forced her to do so, she kept people in prison beyond their sentences to use them as cheap labor for the state of California. And she fought to keep cash bail system in place that impacts poor people in the worst kind of way."

The victims of violence?
The single greatest act of violence that occurs, with impunity, in the country is the continued holocaust in the womb. Biden and Harris have both acknowledged their complicity with this heinous act continuing unabated, up until the very moment of birth. A Christian cannot pretend to be voting for the victims of violence if that vote goes for those committed to facilitating it.

C.S. Lewis famously wrote, "if you want a religion to make you feel really comfortable, I certainly don't recommend Christianity." That's a profound, and in this case, quite instructive observation. Claiborne's celebration of his vote for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris regretfully indicates his primary allegiance remains vested not in Christ-centeredness, but in the ever-comforting religion of progressivism.

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