The “go to” argument for evangelicals that support Donald Trump is the Supreme Court. No Christian can justify Trump’s words, actions, character or temperament. So evangelicals who know they cannot evoke character or values in defense of Trump, revert to the mantra: “we need a Republican in office to shape the makeup of the Supreme Court so we can overturn Roe v. Wade and end the killing of babies.” SCOTUS drives our POTUS vote. What follows is an edited re-post from a few years ago that seems to apply to the current election cycle.
Let me say up front that I am pro-life, which is not always a popular position. But I believe that the Scripture calls us to advocate for all life – born and unborn. However, I am deeply disappointed in those that are supposedly leading the pro-life charge in American politics. And I am deeply disappointed in those of us who have bought into a miracle strategy to end abortion that has disappointed us for the last forty years. So I offer my take on the miracle strategy against abortion as offered by the religious right for the last forty years.
Find a candidate for President who is pro-life. He must be a pure pro-life candidate who is singularly dedicated to overturning Roe vs. Wade or at least offer up the rhetoric or pretend during the primaries that he would be dedicated to this task. He must not waver (from now on) in this one quest. We must ignore all other elements of the candidates’ policies and ignore numerous unbiblical aspects of his platform, life, character, and words.
Get that candidate to win his party’s nomination. Even if (see above) you end up supporting unbiblical, racist, sexist, misogynistic, xenophobic, narcissistic, pathological aspects of the candidate. Eventually we may actually like some of these policies and crazy, off-the-wall comments.
Next, get that candidate to win the national election. Be sure to demonize the opposing party’s candidate by any means necessary to get your pro-life candidate elected. One potential side effect: we may end up losing our spiritual and moral authority by supporting a candidate with zero morality and does not in any way reflect a commitment to Christ and his teachings.
Once that President is in office, wait for a death. Or more realistically, multiple deaths. We will need at least one, most likely two Supreme Court justices to die. And it has to be the right Supreme Court justices that die. Not one of the ones we like.
Bring the right nominee for the Supreme Court. He must be someone who is unequivocally pro-life and committed to overturning Roe v. Wade. At the same time, there can be no indication in any of his rulings or in anything that he has said that he is pro-life because that would derail his candidacy (a la Robert Bork). Pray that he is an activist judge (i.e. – willing to change the law of the land from the bench on issues like abortion and health care) but at the same time a non-activist judge (unwilling to change the law of the land from the bench on issues regarding civil rights).
Wait for the right court case to come along that makes its way through the entire federal court system in a timely fashion, before the makeup of the court changes. So this time, we’re not praying for a death, at least not the death of one our judges. Be sure to elect the right President to a second term so that the court’s makeup doesn’t change again.
When the right court case comes along, pray that it is worded and framed in just the right way so that it is able to overturn Roe v. Wade. We must also pray that none of the justices have shifted in their thinking or that they may actually want to adjudicate the law rather than make the law. (Thanks a lot Justice Roberts for acting upon your judicial morals rather than politicking from the bench during the Obamacare challenge in the Supreme Court).
Make sure that Congress will not create any new laws that would undermine the SCOTUS decision. So now we must work in every state to insure that the right candidates get elected into state office, even if that means we continue to tolerate unbiblical values in the government.
Essentially, this approach has been our strategy for the last forty years. How has it worked so far? No substantive change. Voting single issue in the Presidential election every four years is a lazy way of appearing to be pro-life, but it absolves us from seeking other channels to actually be pro-life.
And for those who may ask, “What’s the option?” Two suggestions: