My Morning on Capitol Hill

DirksenActually, it was more like “my forty-five minutes on Capitol Hill.”

As I wrote the other day, the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) invited me to speak on Believe Me to about 100 “evangelical leaders” at its annual Washington Briefing.

I thought the talk went well.  If there were pro-Trumpers or court evangelicals in the room, they did not speak during the Q&A.  I met several evangelical leaders who voted for Trump, but most of them said they chose him because they did not want to vote for Hillary Clinton.

After the talk, I chatted in the hallway of the Dirksen Senate Building with about eight or ten attendees.  Almost all of them brought-up abortion and the Supreme Court. Frankly, I was surprised how many of these pro-life evangelical leaders agreed with my view that the overturning of Roe v. Wade was not the most effective way of reducing abortions in the United States.

Several folks on Twitter said that they were surprised the NAE invited someone like me to speak to their leadership.  Those who wrote these tweets do not understand the difference between the Christian Right-inspired conservative evangelicals loyal to Trump and the agenda of the NAE.   Actually, the NAE seems to be striking just the right tone in this so-called “age of Trump.”  For example, read their statement “For the Health of the Nation: An Evangelical Call to Civic Responsibility.”

I know a lot of people were praying for me or sending good wishes as I addressed the group this morning.  They were much appreciated.  Thank you!

I’ll be Southern Methodist University in Dallas tomorrow night.  Let’s hope my flights don’t get canceled due to Hurricane Michael.

One thought on “My Morning on Capitol Hill

  1. The importance that these people place on abortion is madness. It’s not about life. Most evangelicals are for policies that kill live human beings — pro-war, pro-torture, pro-death penalty, anti-healthcare and they oppose policies that are proven to reduce abortions, like access to birth control.

    What’s more, it makes no sense on its own terms. They say they have loyalty to the Bible. One would think the Bible is long diatribe about abortion. But in fact the only direct reference to the issue in the Bible is that men could try to force their wives to have abortions if they suspect them of cheating. There are admonitions against child sacrifice, but scholars have long recognized that many of those references contain hints that up until the second temple period, child sacrifice (not to mention polytheism) was a part of the Israeli religion.

    Further, the hundreds of clear references to economic and social justice in the Bible are completely unheeded. Madness.

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