In the upcoming Senate runoffs, candidate Raphael Warnock has a unique trait he’s leveraging to sway Georgia’s religious populace: his role as a church leader. Given his controversial support for the legality of abortion, Warnock’s titles of “reverend” and “pastor” could be critical assets. Those who look past Warnock’s titles to the Bible’s teachings, however, will see that his abortion views conflict with biblical truths about the value of unborn life.
Warnock is proudly “pro-choice,” vowing to use the power voters might grant him to fight for abortion on demand. His passion for the cause has earned him endorsements from the pro-abortion groups Planned Parenthood Action Fund and NARAL. Among Georgia’s religious voters, however, Warnock’s support for abortion could be a liability.
It’s no secret that many Christians decry abortion. Others are troubled by it but lack a firm conviction. What better way to assure uneasy churchgoers than to remind them that Warnock — although pro-abortion — is a clergyman?
Warnock Exploits Religion
Warnock exploits this. He does not simply use the title “reverend” in his campaign literature and ads, but also specifically ties his position as a church leader to his abortion advocacy, repeatedly promoting himself as a “pro-choice pastor.” Good pastors don’t contradict the Bible’s teaching, however, and you don’t need to read very far to see that human life is precious.
The Bible’s first chapter lays the foundation for the sanctity of life, saying humans are made “in the image of God” (Genesis 1:27). The key question then becomes whether unborn babies qualify as humans or if that status is only conferred after one successfully navigates the birth canal. Fortunately, the Bible does not leave us guessing. Verse after verse demonstrates the precious humanity of unborn children.
In a passage many people read on Christmas day, Mary — along with Jesus, then an unborn child — went to visit Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, Elizabeth’s unborn son, John the Baptist, “leaped for joy” (Luke 1:39-44). John was even “filled with the Holy Spirit” before birth (Luke 1:15). That means that while still in the womb, an unborn baby leaped for joy and was filled with the Holy Spirit. Human? More than a disposable blob of cells? I would say so!
There’s more. Remember Samson, the supernaturally strong man with long hair? While pregnant, his mother had to comply with the dietary restrictions of Nazarites because God called Samson to be a “Nazarite of God from the womb” (Judges 13:3-7). So much for the “my body, my choice” mantra used to justify abortion. God saw two bodies, two people made in His image — the mother born, the son unborn.
The Bible Is Clear About Abortion
We could review many additional verses, but you get the picture. The Bible establishes the humanity and value of unborn children, and science confirms it. With ultrasound technology, we marvel at unborn babies’ heartbeats, yawns, stretches, thumb-sucking, and smiles. Skilled surgeons even perform healing operations on their tiny, in utero patients, who possess their own unique DNA and blood types.
In spite of all that, Warnock is running as a pro-choice candidate. He can, as many do, but he should not use the pulpit as a shield for his opposition to the Bible’s truths.
Some disagree, of course, arguing it is perfectly legitimate for Warnock to support abortion while presenting himself as a Christian leader. For instance, Guthrie Graves-Fitzsimmons, a self-styled “progressive Christian activist,” defended Warnock by saying that “there’s a long history of Christian leaders advocating for reproductive rights.” While it’s true others have claimed the role of “Christian leader” while endorsing the legality of killing innocent human life in the womb, it does not mean that they, or Warnock, are preaching the truth.
Indeed, the Bible warns Christians that “there will be false teachers among you” (2 Peter 2:1), so don’t let Warnock’s titles of “reverend” and “pastor” deceive you. The unborn babies killed by the abortions Warnock defends are just as human as Abel was when Cain killed him. After that first murder, God said Abel’s “blood cries out to me” (Genesis 4:10).
Think Carefully, Christians
It is troubling to consider the chorus of cries reaching God’s ears now. Imagine five times the population of Georgia crying for justice. Abortion in America has ended even more lives than that, often in some of the most barbaric ways imaginable.
Somehow, Warnock looks past this devastating reality. In a recent debate with his election opponent, pro-life Sen. Kelly Loeffler, Warnock called himself “a Matthew 25 Christian,” referring to Jesus’ teachings about the importance of caring for the “least of these brothers and sisters.” Warnock simply misses or consciously ignores this teaching’s applicability to unborn babies, children who literally have no voice or ability to protect themselves.
Some might think Warnock, as an 11th child who grew up in public housing, would have been a likely candidate for abortion. Yet he also deserved a chance at life and rose above his difficult circumstances. Perhaps a day will come when he will no longer use his life and power to deny the right to life to the powerless, but that day has not come.
As Georgia’s Christians decide who will represent them in the U.S. Senate, they should carefully consider the Bible’s teachings about the value of unborn children. A vote for Warnock endangers unborn girls and boys and threatens further perversion of God’s Holy Word by one who claims to preach it.