Pete Buttigieg and Proverbs 14:31

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Some of you may recall that Pete Buttigieg quoted scripture on Monday night during the Democratic debate.  He said: “So-called conservative senators right now in the Senate are blocking a bill to raise the minimum wage when Scripture says that whoever oppresses the poor taunts their maker.” Buttigieg was quoting from Proverbs 14:31, which says “Whoever oppresses the poor shows contempt for their Maker, but whoever is kind to the needy honors God.”

Over at Christianity Today, Kate Shellnutt asked some evangelical leaders about whether or not Buttigieg used this verse correctly.  Most believed that he did use it correctly, but also could not resist mentioning (or implying) that he is pro-choice and gay.

Here, for example, is Shellnutt on Andrew T. Walker‘s response to Buttigieg:

Andrew T. Walker, senior fellow in Christian ethics at the Southern Baptist Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC), tweeted his opposition to Buttigieg’s line: “It never fails to baffle how progressives can appeal to the Bible to arrive at an exact minimum wage ($15, according to Buttigieg), yet ignore, reject, or plead ambiguity on the Bible’s teaching on marriage and abortion.”

This is a strange response.  I don’t think Buttigieg was using the Bible to “arrive at an exact minimum wage” of $15.  He was simply articulating a biblical principle.

Read Shellnutt’s piece here.

12 thoughts on “Pete Buttigieg and Proverbs 14:31

  1. Unicorn,

    Are you dismissing the notion of sexual morality?

    None of Trump’s “preachers” have condoned his playboy life before he ran for office. Furthermore, Trump has not made whoremongering an element of his public policy. The man may or may not be proud of his past exploits, but he is not proposing laws or federal regulations which facilitate sexual license. The same cannot be said of the mayor who advocates sexual policies which are contrary to Christian teaching.

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  2. Alex,
    The situations are not exactly comparable. Trump is not going around advocating divorce as a matter of virtue or of public policy. The same cannot be said of the mayor’s advocacy for certain irregular sexual arrangements.

    James

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  3. Unicorn,

    The passage in Romans is much more applicable to the mayor. After all, he doesn’t own a business so we don’t know how he would be treating his employees financially. Furthermore, we don’t know all of the charities he supports from his mayoral salary.

    James

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  4. Unfortunately, Mayor Pete’s Proverbs 14:31 is going to get steamrollered by Christians’ Romans 1:27.

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  5. Proverbs 14:31 is NOT a Pelvic Issue, and is thus totally irrelevant.
    (Especially when Buttgieg’s Pelvic Issue trumps all others in the Deepest Taboo department…)

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  6. None; they’re too busy fighting over who gets to sit at His right hand.
    It’s like the trailer to The Death of Stalin.

    (Right now Jeffers the Flatterer is The Favored One, but he’s got stiff competition from Jerry Falwell Jr.)

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  7. For what it’s worth, local morning drive-time talk radio has given up on how to pronounce “Buttgieg” and just refers to him as “Mayor Pete”.

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  8. “yet ignore, reject, or plead ambiguity on the Bible’s teaching on marriage”

    How many christian leaders have spoken this boldly about Trump’s adultery?

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  9. “yet ignore, reject, or plead ambiguity on the Bible’s teaching on marriage”

    How many christian leaders have spoken this boldly about Trump’s divorces?

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  10. “Oppress” is a strong verb and implies an active intent to do someone else wrong. If an employer doesn’t pay his employees enough, a different verb might be appropriate. Maybe something like “ignores” or “shows indifference” would be more fitting.

    Somehow, however, I don’t think Mayor Pete is all that concerned with Biblical morality. None of the other DEM candidates have staked a remotely Christian claim, so the mayor might be trying to gain that market share.

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