Thursday, April 17, 2008

Jim Wallis Punts on Abortion, Although God is 'a God of Justice'

Before I throw out these excerpts I do wish to make this clear: the biggest challenge to American evangelicals today is not succeeding politically in criminalizing abortion or any other political objective. It is in presenting the Gospel of Jesus Christ to a decaying, dead-in-their-sins world, calling them to repentance.

The Gospel message must always be central and we must never compromise the starkness of it. We are all sinners who have fallen short of the glory of God and as such deserve God's just wrath. But God sent His Son to die for our sins so that by trusting in Him, we might "escape the wrath to come," dying to sin and living to righteousness through union with the risen Christ. (I Thess. 1:10)

That being said, the immorality and the gravity of abortion is something Christians must never downplay, regardless of our political allegiances. Sadly, liberal theologian and activist Jim Wallis does precisely that in a recent Christianity Today interview (emphasis mine):

Jim Wallis wants you to know he's not a liberal. Yes, he's been a chief critic of the Religious Right since its inception, gave the Democratic weekly radio address after the 2006 midterm elections, and has been an often-controversial voice for social justice since his early-'70s days at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. "There is a Religious Left in this country, and I'm not a part of it," Wallis said when he stopped by Christianity Today's offices during his February tour for his latest book, The Great Awakening.

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I don't think that abortion is the moral equivalent issue to slavery that Wilberforce dealt with. I think that poverty is the new slavery. Poverty and global inequality are the fundamental moral issues of our time. That's my judgment.
Of course, later in his interview Wallis conceded that:
...The God of the Bible is not just a God of charity. The God of the Bible is a God of justice, and they understood that.
Jim Wallis, please stop this foolishness. Abortion is murder. It's wrong and when government allows it, that government violates the purpose for which God has ordained civil governmental authorities: the execution of justice and the protection of the innocent. As American Christians who have the God-given privilege of living in a country where WE elect our leaders, we have a moral responsibility to use our votes to glorify God and defend the innocent.

That you view poverty as a "moral issue" of greater gravity than legalized murder should be a clarion call to Christians everywhere that your theology and your priorities are out of whack.

Oh, and Jim, stop lying to us about your politics. A tree is known by its fruit. (Matt. 12:23)

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