On October 2nd, prominent pro-life evangelical leaders launched www.prolifeevangelicalsforbiden.com and are inviting other evangelicals to join in signing a public statement. They acknowledge disagreement with Biden on abortion but believe that Biden’s overall agenda is closer to what they call a “biblically balanced agenda” than that of Donald Trump.
Prominent signers include John Huffman, board chair emeritus of Christianity Today, (one of the most prominent evangelical magazines in the country), Richard Foster, author of the best-selling Celebration of Discipline, Jerushah Duford, Billy Graham’s granddaughter and Richard Mouw, president emeritus of Fuller seminary.
The signers are diverse: a Trump voter in 2016; a life-long Republican who refused to vote for Trump or Clinton in 2016; people who never before in their life publicly said how they would vote and never before endorsed a Presidential candidate until this year.
Their statement/petition, featuring some of the signers is as follows:
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 sanctity of human life from beginning to end.
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. As the National Association of Evangelicals’ official public policy document (FOR THE HEALTH OF THE NATION) insists, “Faithful evangelical civic engagement and witness must champion a biblically balanced agenda.“ Therefore we oppose “one issue” political thinking because it lacks biblical balance.
Knowing that the most common reason women give for abortion is the financial difficulty of another child, we appreciate a number of Democratic proposals that would significantly alleviate that financial burden: accessible health services for all citizens, affordable childcare, a minimum wage that lifts workers out of poverty.
For these reasons, we believe that on balance, Joe Biden’s policies are more consistent with the biblically shaped ethic of life than those of Donald Trump. Therefore, even as we continue to urge different policies on abortion, we urge evangelicals to elect Joe Biden as president.
Richard Mouw, President emeritus, Fuller Seminary
Ronald J. Sider, President emeritus, Evangelicals for Social Action
Brenda Salter McNeil, Reconciler, Professor, Pastor
Jerushah Duford, Speaker, author, Billy Graham’s granddaughter
John Huffman, Board Chair emeritus, Christianity Today
Roberta Hestenes, Former President, Eastern University
Claude Alexander, Bishop
Joel C Hunter, Faith community Organizer
Richard J. Foster, Author, Celebration of Discipline, Founder, Renovare
Myron S. Augsburger, President emeritus, Eastern Mennonite University
Ray Bakke, Professor of Global Urban Mission
David Black, President emeritus, Eastern University
Bryant L Myers, Professor, Fuller Seminary
Manfred Brauch, President emeritus, Palmer Theological Seminary
John Perkins, Founder, Christian Community Development Association
You can learn more and join these signers at: www.prolifeevangelicalsforbiden.com
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