(OPINION) ETH – Pastor Tony Evans has come out urging U.S. citizens to consider the value of life — both inside and outside the womb — before voting, and issuing a warning that ignoring what God says about human dignity will result in “chaos.” Evans stated:
“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, is the pastor of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship in Texas and made that statement 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.” Evans then went on to describe 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.” and citing 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.’”