Yesterday, CBN’s David Brody reported that members of the Democrat Platform Committee have sought input from evangelical leaders to moderate their party platform on abortion with the intent of making the Democrat Party more attractive to people of faith. According to Brody, Pastors Joel Hunter, Jim Wallis and Tony Campolo were involved in the effort.
So, what did they come up with? Here’s the proposed new language:
“The Democratic Party strongly and unequivocally supports Roe v Wade and a woman’s right to choose a safe and legal abortion, regardless of ability to pay, and we oppose any and all efforts to weaken or undermine that right. The Democratic Party also strongly supports access to affordable family planning services and comprehensive age-appropriate sex education which empower people to make informed choices and live healthy lives. We also recognize that such health care and education help reduce the number of unintended pregnancies and thereby also reduce the need for abortions. The Democratic Party also strongly supports a woman’s decision to have a child by ensuring access to and availability of programs for pre and post natal health care, parenting skills, income support, and caring adoption programs.”
Among liberal evangelicals like Campolo and Wallis, abortion and marriage don't appear to be the paramount social issues of our day. They seem to give them lip service at best. They constantly mention caring for the poor and needy. I don't doubt their sincerity but question their judgment and wisdom. Regarding the care of the poor and needy, the traditional liberal response of more government programs and more money has been a failure. Such an approach is really not in the best interests of the poor and needy because one, it focuses on government, secular strategies rather than private initiatives and two, the result is increased dependency on government which isn't what the poor needs. They need personal compassion which involves personal involvement and moral challenge. An impersonal government program simply can not provide that.