Over a month ahead of election day, Pastor Tony Evans urged U.S. citizens to consider the value of life — both inside and outside the womb — before voting, warning that ignoring what God says about human dignity will result in “chaos.”
“When you don’t start with the image of God, then you make life what you call it to be, not what God has created it and stamped it to be,” Evans, the longtime pastor of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship in Texas, said on Sunday. “Till we see it through God’s eyes, then we will not start in the right place.
“God views it as a personal insult when life is not given the value He gives … to it because what you said is what God did is not worth protecting. So any discussion of life has to start there. Any discussion of life has to start with the divine mark. And the job of government, the Bible says, is to protect that life.”
When God is left out of government, “life and its value gets downgraded, reduced, dishonored and attacked,” he warned. “So when you think about Kingdom voting, you must think about the question of life.”
“Life,” Evans explained, includes “pre-born life and post-born life; abortion before birth, and abortion after birth.”
“See the problem we get in with voting is that we choose a term insurance policy, not a whole life insurance policy,” he said. “We choose a pre-born insurance policy, and not a post-born insurance policy because we do not view all of life in terms of the image of God. And as a result, Christians take sides.”
Unless the sanctity of life at all stages is fully recognized, “you will not have a biblical view on the role of government,” Evans said. “You’ll just have a partisan view or a personal view. But you won’t be dealing with life as God deals with it.”
The pastor, who also founded The Urban Alternative, went on to highlight the horrors of abortion, asking: “Can you imagine if Mary had the option of abortion and decided to take it? We know that couldn’t happen in the providence of God, but [under] some of the laws today, it would be OK to kill the Savior.”
He cited Galatians 1:15-16, which speaks to the reality of life in the womb, adding: “So when the government talks about it, ‘it’s OK to abort,’ it’s saying it’s OK to attack God.”
Ignoring what God says about life in the womb will result in “chaos,” Evans warned.
“When you attack life in the womb, you have come against Him. He doesn’t like it. That’s why He said in Genesis 9, ‘You attack my life, I will attack you.’ You want the government to keep you safe? It better keep you safe by keeping God happy. It keeps you safe by keeping God happy by not … legalizing death in the womb.’”
In the U.S., 40% of voters see abortion as “very important” to their vote, according to a summer poll from Pew.
Additionally, a spring poll from Gallup found that 30% of people who consider themselves “pro-life” say they would only vote for a candidate who shares that view compared to 19% of people who consider themselves “pro-choice.”
In his sermon Sunday, Evans emphasized that there also “must be laws to protect the dignity of life” outside the womb. Slavery, Jim Crow laws, racism, police brutality, mistreating the poor and homeless, and red-lining districts are all examples of reducing or removing dignity, he said.
“When we allow the poor to have worse education than others because they don’t have the same dollar bill, when we don’t care about the health, well-being of people who do not have access to adequate healthcare, when we reduce their dignity we have attacked God. And when we reduce it by law or by practice then that’s called post-life abortion because you are … aborting either the length of their existence or the well-being of their existence so it just depends on which abortion you talking about.”
He contended that when Christians fail to “reject and rebel” against such policies, then “we have become co-conspirators to oppressive regimes.”
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Source: Christian Post