“When I think about where most of Scripture points me, it is toward defending the poor, and the immigrant, and the stranger, and the prisoner, and the outcast, and those who are left behind by the way society works.”
– 2020 Democrat Party presidential hopeful Peter Buttigieg as told to CNN and USA Today commentator Kirsten Powers.
While I do my best not to get into politics much on this blog and certainly don’t think it’s worth my time to write at length about someone (Buttigieg) whose 15 minutes of fame is about to expire, I do think this quote on Scripture is interesting.
I don’t think anyone in their right mind would say that Scripture doesn’t have quite a bit to say about the poor, disenfranchised, and marginalized, it does.
“Open your mouth for the mute, for the rights of all who are destitute. Open your mouth, judge righteously, defend the rights of the poor and needy.”
– Proverbs 31:8-9 ESV
“Learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow’s cause.”
– Isaiah 1:17 ESV
“Give justice to the weak and the fatherless; maintain the right of the afflicted and the destitute.”
– Psalm 82:3 ESV
“For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up!”
– Ecclesiastes 4:10 ESV
But taking care of the poor, disenfranchised, and marginalized because Christians have a biblical obligation to do so is not exactly what Buttigieg is getting at, at all. Instead, he is trying to use his faith and liberal view of the Bible to score political points.
But instead of his likely goal of coming across as a contemplative Christian who is adept at making a case that he uses Scripture as a guide for how he lives as well as how he plans to lead a nation, he ends up sounding self-important, disingenuous, and ill-informed. In other words, not at all like, as the New York Times absurdly suggests, “A devoted Episcopalian who fluidly quotes Scripture.”
If he were, in fact, a devoted Episcopalian who fluidly (I’m taking fluidly to mean competently here) quotes Scripture he should know, and have no problem saying, that at the heart of the Bible there is one overarching message: God saving his people through their promised messiah.
I honestly haven’t spent much time researching Buttigieg and what he is really about but I do wonder how often he speaks publicly about Jesus, sin, redemption, grace…I could be wrong but I’d be willing to bet not very much if ever.
Now, is Pete Buttigieg a Christian? I would never presume to challenge the authenticity of his faith so he very well could be, albeit most likely cultural, carnal, or lukewarm.
I do however, believe a political worldview that openly endorses abortion and what the Bible clearly calls sexual immorality puts him firmly at odds with what the Bible teaches and that is problematic.
*Added: I had I thought between the time I wrote this and the time it was scheduled to go live. Why does it seem as though liberals who are generally hostile towards Christianity seem not to take issue with Buttigieg who is quite open about his Christian faith?
Apparently Christianity isn’t a problem for liberals at all unless it’s the Christianity practiced by non-woke conservative Republicans that forces them to acknowledge their sins, repent, and die to self.