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You know, it’s interesting how people have treated the Jesus of the Bible. They like to cite him when its convenient for their cause, but when his hardline, crystal-clear statements contradict their own stands, they treat him like an orphan and leave him at the curb. In others words, they are convenient Christians. They like the Christ of miracles but not the Christ of the cross.
As I read through Friday’s issue of The Wilson Times, I noticed that my representative and competitor, Jean Farmer-Butterfield, wrote a column arguing the case for a bipartisan effort to expand Medicaid. I think that is a worthy idea. However, I was horrified when she invoked the name of God and her “Christian” faith in order to lead this movement to improve Medicaid.
I’m sorry, at this point it’s time to cite the facts. Fact: Jesus said, “and whosoever shall offend one of these little ones that believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.” Fact: the Bible teaches that life begins at conception, “before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee…”. Fact: the Bible teaches that a child’s life is valuable no matter the situation!
Therefore, please tell me how Rep. Farmer-Butterfield cites her Christian faith for Medicaid, but votes against her faith when it comes to abortion? As it stands, there is not a single pro-life piece of legislation for which she has voted. As a matter of fact, she has voted against all measures to extend protections of the unborn and make abortions more rigorous to acquire.
Additionally, please tell me how, Ms. Farmer-Butterfield stands as a champion of the black community when Planned Parenthood, her party’s darling beneficiary, targets the black community by placing 80 percent of its clinics in low-income African-American neighborhoods?
I’m sorry, but as a man of faith, I will not be silent when people choose to use the name of Christ in a fashion inconsistent with his teachings. Ms. Farmer-Butterfield, I refute plainly and openly your Hilary Clinton style of Christianity. Abortion benefits no one, but it especially does not benefit the African-Americans you claim to represent. Please be consistent!
The writer is pastor of Bethel Baptist Church and a candidate for N.C. House District 24.