With the new Texas abortion law this blog decided to do a post reflecting on the issue of abortion and the evangelical culture wars. What does abortion mean today? In the end this blog would contend that while some evangelicals think they have won the battle, instead they have lost the war. In the end what was aborted most wasn’t a fetus, but instead the evangelical church and successive generations who walked away because of their exhaustion from the endless culture wars.
“The abortion cases produced an enormous amount of mail to my chambers, vastly more than to the other chambers, I am sure. I sometimes thought there wasn’t a woman in the United States who didn’t write me a letter on one side or the other of that issue.”
Sandra Day O’Conner
With this in mind, we constantly pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his calling, and that by his power he may bring to fruition your every desire for goodness and your every deed prompted by faith. 12 We pray this so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.
2 Thessalonians 1:11-12 NIV
There has been a lot in the news about the new abortion law in Texas. This blog encouraged people to read an op-ed in the Washington Post by an OBYGN stating that he has already violated the law which largely blocks abortion and encourage people to sue each other based on hearsay. You can read Dr. Alan Braid’s op ed in, “Washington Post Op-Ed by Dr. Alan Braid on Why He Violated Texas’ Strict Abortion Law is a Must Read.” After publishing that op-ed Dr. Braid was sued which you can read about here and here.
Considering Evangelicals and Abortion and Some Thoughts
When I was driving through Eastern Kansas a couple of weeks back I listened to one of the Christian radio stations to hear what was being said. When the Texas abortion law became law the evangelicals l heard were excited. They thought they had won the battle, and achieved a major victory in the abortion culture war. I wrote about listening to all this in the following blog post called, “In Driving Across the Heartland and Observing Evangelicalism One Aspect is Clear: American Evangelicals Are Lost.” But when it comes to evangelicals and abortion this blog has some additional thoughts about the culture war, and its shift. When it comes to abortion what have evangelicals revealed to the world? Much….lets look at them.
The Culture War was Never About Abortion But About Segregation
Many evangelicals like to say that the January 22, 1973 decision on Roe vs. Wade stirred many evangelicals into action. That is not true. There were a number of Southern Baptists who defended legalized abortion and supported it. You can read about that here and here. The Southern Baptists would not touch abortion as it was viewed as a Catholic issue. What drove the culture wars is that evangelicals believed and supported segregation. And the threat from the Department of Education in the Carter Administration in losing funding jolted the evangelicals. But could evangelicals appeal to segregation and the belief of “separate but equal?” Of course not, so they used the abortion issue instead as their hammer. Evangelicalism is rotten to the core because the entire system rests upon evangelical’s belief in segregation. You can read more about that here.
What Does the Abortion Restriction Mean for a Movement Struggling with Sexual Abuse?
I write the following when you consider the sex abuse crisis inside the Southern Baptists. Consider the following situation. You are a youth pastor in a Southern Baptist Church in Texas. You are grooming and have an illicit relationship with a high school student. You have illegal rendezvous with said student. After meeting her in a motel for sex she tells you that she thinks she is pregnant and that birth control failed. Now you are facing a dilemma. What do you do? How do you cover up the sex abuse crime? This is a situation that will be heard of more and more. This blog predicts that a number of people who will go to Oklahoma, Arkansas or New Mexico for abortions will be younger people driven their by their youth pastor or other individual. He needs to stay out of jail and the new abortion law is going to make it harder for him to cover up the sex abuse. In addition this blog believes that you will likely hear more sex abuse stories as well. After all when you are a Southern Baptist predator pastor abortion to you is what ice cream and hot dogs are on the fourth of July.
Many Evangelicals Have Abandoned God and Now Think the Christian Walk is Securing Legislative Victories
Many evangelicals thought and believed for years that the Christian life of faith took place inside a church. You witnessed to your neighbors. Invited people to church and did outreaches. But many became frustrated with how little progress they made. What happened is that many evangelicals abandoned the core of Christianity. They replaced the Gospel or “Good News” with politics and now think faith is about capturing legislative wins and winning the Supreme Court. In the process they have abandoned God, faith and really no longer believe. As Jesus hangs at Calvary fighting the battle of original sin, those evangelicals who wage the culture war stand before a bleeding, crucified Savior hanging on a cross. They stand before him, cleanse their throat and spit at Jesus and his sacrifice and tell their Lord and Savior to fuck off. Faith now means nothing as the deal has been done and Jesus’ death is now in vain.
Evangelical Christianity is Not About Love its About Power
In the abortion wars many evangelicals have tipped their hand. And revealed who they are. They are not about faith. They don’t care for the handicap. They do not love the poor. Instead they are about patriarchy and power. Love was a pretense and a false one they claimed to the world. But the emperor has no clothes. Many evangelicals are about power and know the right words to say to get what they want. In a way they are no different than that high school junior who says the right thing to a female and flatters her because he wants sex. In the end its no different.
During the COVID-19 Pandemic Evangelicals Lost What Little Credibility They Had Left When They Applied Pro-Choice Logic to Rejecting Vaccination
Read the following tweet by Charlie Sykes below.
Many evangelicals spoke about abortion and criticized the “My Body/My Choice” argument. They called it selfish. Screamed about the child. And often said that “My Body/My Choice” had no credibility. Then the COVID-19 pandemic came along. When vaccines became available many white evangelicals who live in a world of disinformation rejected them. And in a supreme state of irony which most likely caused Roe defendant Norma McCorvey to roll over in her grave: evangelicals adopted Pro-Choice logic. Except when it came to vaccination now it was their body and their choice. And like a juicy, wet fart in the wind, the little credibility that white evangelicals had left was lost in showing that they have no principles.
Not Every Woman is Ashamed of Having an Abortion, Psychologically Scarred and Alternative Facts Have Warped Evangelicals
Look at the screenshot leading this section. That is from my former church Fairfax Community Church (today called Fairfax Church) and their abortion recovery help group for women. This blog has news for evangelicals. Many like to live in a world of alternative facts, and as such they regularly say things that are far from true and outright dishonest. For example many evangelicals say the following frequently.
- Atheists are not moral, you need God to be moral.
- People are gay because they were sexually molested when they are young. (When I was in the bubble years ago I said this and someone who I knew was gay almost bopped me. I insinuated something on his loved ones that did not happen.)
- People who are gay are sex addicts.
I could go on but lets focus on one alternative fact evangelicals like to say that is not true. And that is the claim that women who have abortions regret it and are psychologically scarred. I find it very amusing for a theological movement that largely rejects science and psychology to make such a claim. It also must be pointed out that many evangelical churches warp people into guilting them about their past. Many are manipulative. But there are many women who while they did not want to have an abortion did so. It gave them life and the ability to live again. There are others that have no remorse about ending a pregnancy. Then there are others who have an abortion because they were raped and did not want to carry the baby to term. But do many women have a overwhelming sense of shame and have PTSD from an abortion? That claim is a narcissistic pastor’s wet dream. There are a number of females that appreciate and are thankful for abortion.
In the end many evangelicals have won the battle but lost the war. They have forfeited their right to reach out to people like myself who pushed back against evangelicalism. As I was driving across the plains of Eastern Kansas a couple weeks back I reflected on this aspect. Many evangelicals think they won. But instead they lost. They lost the culture around them due to their bunker mentality. They lost the doubter. They lost the scared women. They lost the person who is curious. They lost the urban areas they are in. And they lost more than the person who had an abortion. In the end evangelicals aborted their faith and the generations to come. These are the generations that evangelicals bemoan about and ask, why did they leave the church? Why did they walk away? In the end in the abortion culture wars it was the evangelical church that was aborted.