By Dr. Bruce L. Hartman
Recently Democratic Presidential candidate, Peter Buttigieg, referred to the Bible to support his position of abortion. Like other Democrats, notably Nancy Pelosi, he makes an ill-informed attempt to use the Bible to support his position. Stating, "There's a lot of parts of the Bible that talk about how life begins with breath.” Well there aren’t lots of passages stating that life begins with breath. The only one that could possibly be connected is in Genesis 2:7, where it says, “Then the LORD God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.” This is from the creation of the world story and if this is Buttigieg’s support, it doesn’t apply.
Instead there are many references to the womb, for instance Psalm 138:13 it says, “You wove me in my mother’s womb.” In fact there are sixty verses in the Bible that speak about the womb. Amazingly, if you want to know all sixty you can Google “Bible verses about the womb.” It takes less than 5 seconds to type in the search and get a reply. Leaving us to wonder if Buttigieg did any research at all.
Buttigieg also asserted this is the woman’s position to decide. A dangerous statement by Buttigieg. First, what are the father’s rights in this statement. And more importantly what about God? So here we go again, a politician deciding what the Bible means without reading it and ignoring equal rights for both men and women.
Women are right it is their body and their womb. But others are involved as well, notably God. Also, what those who support abortion won’t tell you is that 58% of woman who have an abortion seek counseling after the fact, to do deal with the guilt. There is a lot more to just showing up to a clinic and ending a life. A simple platitude of “It’s my body and my decision,” is hollow when you consider God, a partner in conception, relatives and the after the fact guilt.
Unfortunately when a person in a position of power incorrectly states what is in the Bible, some people believe it. Letting it propel itself into future discourse and causing more harm. So what’s behind this recent rash of leading Democrats quoting the Bible.
Well they certainly know that a large swath of conservatives read the Bible and are believers. This is a critical base of support for the conservatives of our country. They are attempting to silence these voices with a hand wave. Or at best, it is a poorly researched attempt to argue that it is in the Bible and hope that it sticks.
This might be a dangerous position to take, as first and foremost the Bible is a sacred document. This isn’t a book that you haphazardly quote or suggest its meaning without reading. Buttigieg has entered God’s world when he tells us what’s in the Bible. It is okay to quote the Bible in politics, but you should not intentionally create facts that don’t exist. It is a dangerous game.
The Bible is the world’s most read book, close to four billion copies of the Bible has been sold over the last fifty years. Far exceeding that of any other book. It is well read and well known. Instagram has over ten million posts about the Bible. Likewise, Twitter has millions as well. The Bible is important to Americans and is treated as sacred. To quote the Bible or suggest what it says, you should really know what you are saying. Sophomoric attempts without the facts will quickly be spotted.
Buttigieg is a smooth talker and portrays a calm voice. When you first hear him you might think he represents calm rational thinking. But this ploy on his part is designed to give authority to himself, that he knows the Bible as he tries to become our president. A grab for power to engender support from his party affiliation. A mission of fame attainment for his own benefit.
But we, who read the Bible, can only wince when we hear poorly informed politicians try to quote what they think the Bible says. The Bible itself, in Kings One and Two, portray the history of ancient government leaders who say they lead in God’s name but act differently. A Biblical history of failure on their part.
Using the Bible wrongly for personal gain never succeeds and those who have read the Bible know the end of this story. We should pray for Buttigieg. Pray that he becomes enlightened and changes his views. As Christians this is what we are asked to do in the Bible and what we should do.
The Bible is a sacred document and needs that respect. It is God’s word passed down over many millenniums. It is the one book that provides a complete set of lessons on how we should live. It is only hard to read for those without God in their hearts. Far simpler for those of faith.
Our politicians should know what the Bible actually says when they quote the Bible and perhaps guide their lives according to the Bible. Imagine a how much better the world would be if our politicians knew the Bible and lived its message.
Dr. Bruce L Hartman, Christian Author and Story Teller. A former Fortune 500 CFO who left the corporate world to engage in a ministry of “Connecting The Lessons of the Gospels to the Modern Life.” His life mission is “Helping People Walk into a Brighter Future.” He is the author of Jesus & Co. and Your Faith Has Made You Well. Visit www.brucelhartman.com.