One way of initiating a rightward shift toward economic liberty and limited government is to convince pastors and Christians to speak out even more so against atrocities like abortion. A pro-life vote, from even the most uninformed citizen, is a proxy vote for virtually every other Christian conservative principle.
Dr. Francis Schaeffer described abortion as the horrific “symptom of the disease,” which should not to be confused with a root cause and the disease itself. Relativism, for example, is a root cause of our cultural decay, while an ever expanding and tyrannical government is the actual disease.
The taking of unborn lives is by far the most pressing and horrendous of all moral issues we face today. Any Bible-believing Christian, in his or her right mind, cannot dispute the fact that Scriptures are very clear on this abomination. The Bible also instructs us on Godly principles like property rights, limited government, and free-markets, which would make them moral issues as well.
The biblical basis of economic and political liberty is the right to private property, and without property rights no other rights are possible – including the rights of the unborn! But most Christians, apart from their “religious” lives, tend to think and act very much like the rest of the world. Many sitting in the pews are on the receiving end of redistributive entitlement schemes and send their kids to government schools that foster such a relativistic brand of “social justice.”
Preaching on such evils of socialism obviously poses some very difficult challenges for pastors, but nothing is as blatantly wicked as the slaughtering of innocent children. Because abortion is so heinous, it is a public issue on which all true believers share a common ground. Therefore, it is the most sensible starting point from which pastors can incite their flocks to civic engagement.
Besides, in regard to fiscal conservatism, pro-life politicians generally tend to hold a more biblical worldview than their liberal adversaries when it comes to economics and government. In other words, a pro-life vote can usually be counted as a vote for property rights, limited government, and free-markets as well. But what do we make of those individuals sitting in the pews that support big government programs and regulatory agencies? They know that this theory also works the other way around.
Conversely, a pro-choice vote means a vote for bigger government and more public programs, and vice versa. Not realizing that socialism alone is unbiblical, these Christians will justify their liberal support by claiming that any offense such as abortion is a direct matter between the offender and God Himself. But this line of reasoning is flawed. The Bible says “Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn’t do it, sins” (James 4:17). Not only is abortion a sin, but not doing anything about abortion (such as voting pro-life) is a sin as well.
However, Christians should be careful not to hyper-focus on the social issues either. By focusing only on the symptoms, and not the cause and disease itself, we will find ourselves revisiting the same battles over and over again. In a nutshell, we must once again embrace the Bible as our only source of objective truth, and then apply this truth to all areas of life, including economics and government. Only then will we see the symptoms fade away for the next generation.