Over the weekend, we lost civil rights leader and former congressman Rep. John Lewis. Many Christian leaders have been using their social media platforms to eulogize him — notably, Southern Baptist Convention leader Albert Mohler and Russell Moore, SBC’s president of Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission. Both men tweeted about the importance of honoring Lewis’ life, despite their political disagreements. It’s especially noteworthy given the Southern Baptists’ long history of racism.
But other Christians were quick to condemn Lewis, saying he didn’t deserve to be honored due to his track record of supporting abortion and LGBTQ rights.
Get your mind away from the fog of academia and back into simple Biblical truth. This is more than a small political disagreement.
To bestow honor upon one whose political positions funded and endorsed the killing of millions of innocent babies is shameful leadership in the SBC.
— Byron Williamson (@AggiePastor86) July 21, 2020
Lewis had a 100% pro-baby slaughter record with NARAL.
Let that sink it. Every single time he was presented with the option to advance the slaughter of the pre-born, he voted yes.
Every. Single. Time. https://t.co/1DN0D5O8iK
— Derin Stidd (@PastorDerin) July 19, 2020
Next tell us all the wonderful things Judas did for the poor. He did hold the the money bag and I'm sure he did some wonderful good. Let me know in what way he should be honored.
— Curtis Serben (@curtis_serben) July 18, 2020
When a mass murderer is finally caught and justice (true biblical justice) is done, you don’t talk about how inspirational he was at some point in his life, you say, thank God justice has been done.
Thank God John Lewis is facing justice for his enabling of infanticide.
— David (@CRT_is_STUPID) July 19, 2020
Apparently, to them, fighting for civil rights shouldn’t extend to others who are oppressed. These Christians believe Black lives matter and are worth protecting… but only until they’re born.
All of those tweets were responses to Mohler.
The lack of nuance in the responses isn’t surprising, but Lewis arguably did as much as anyone to lower the abortion rates by promoting affordable health care and contraception. Banning the procedure or creating obstacles to women having health care — i.e. the GOP’s agenda — only leads to more abortions and unsafe ones at that.
I don’t usually agree with Mohler, but I will here: It is possible to honor a man’s life and his commitment to justice for marginalized people despite all the other political disagreements we might have. If Mohler takes that fight seriously, there’s plenty of work waiting for him among Southern Baptists.
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