[One News Now] During his impromptu speech at Rep. John Culberson (R-Texas)’s election watch party on midterm election night, the senior pastor of Second Baptist Church in Houston, Texas, followed up the outgoing Republican’s concession speech by also contending that “God will not bless America” because of abortion.
Dems zero tolerance for morality?
Attendees at Culberson’s gathering on November 6 requested that Dr. Young lead the crowd in a closing prayer after the nine-term incumbent representative conceded his race – losing his seat to his Planned Parenthood-endorsed Democratic rival, Lizzie Pannill Fletcher, who now represents Texas’ 7th congressional district.
Leading into the prayer, the 82-year-old pastor shared how the Democratic Party ousted one of its officials in Pennsylvania for taking a biblical stance in a Facebook post on a controversial social issue.
“That, ladies and gentlemen, is what we’re up against,” Young asserted, according to the local KHOU station. “It’s no longer a party – it’s some kind of religion that is basically godless.”
He specifically blamed America’s legalization of abortion – that has claimed the lives of more than 60 million preborn babies since the U.S. Supreme Court’s notorious 1973 Row v. Wade decision – for the nation’s woes.
“And as long as America – and this is represented by every Democrat I know – does not believe in the sacredness of the life in the mother’s womb, God will not bless America or make us a great nation,” Young added before his prayer.
Not all pastors behind Young
Change Ministries Pastor Rev. Leslie Smith II – whose church is also located in Houston – indicated that he did not endorse Young’s statement about Democrats by saying he was not sure if the former head of the SBC truly understood what he was saying on election night.
“Because I’m sure at his church there are some Democrats,” Smith pointed out, according to KHOU. “There are some Republicans. There are some Libertarians. There are some non-affiliates.”
Former pastor and author, Joel Goza, also would not stand behind Young’s statement about the Democrats, calling the assertion embarrassing because he claimed that he personally knows many committed Christians who vote for the Democratic Party.
“We have very problematic political realities facing our nation, so when I hear people like Dr. Ed Young, I feel like I’m listening to someone who has one-dimensional thinking in a three-dimensional world,” Goza expressed, as quoted by KHOU. “That’s just one individual’s view and perspective. If we believe he was off-base in his comments, let’s love him and forgive him and accept him – but not isolate him.”
More backlash from left-leaning Christians
Christians on the left – including President Barack Obama’s former faith adviser and staffer, Michael Wear – had a few words for Young on social media regarding his controversial statement about the Democrats.
“I would be happy to introduce you to faithful Christians who are Democrats,” Wear told Young in a Twitter post. “Your remarks here are wrong and irresponsible … especially in this moment.”
Wear is among Christians who claim and believe that big government should promote radical so-called “anti-discrimination” policies and assume the role of the Church by providing for the poor.
“Some Christians prefer Democrats because they feel inspired by their faith to call for social justice and social action that they feel is best carried out through the agenda of the Democratic Party,” The Christian Post (CP) explained. “Additionally, left-leaning Christians leaders have argued that Jesus’ call to help the poor, orphaned, downtrodden, refugees and other marginalized individuals in society should inspire voters to vote against Republicans and President Donald Trump’s agenda.”
On the other hand, the primary concern of many right-leaning evangelicals has to do with moral social issues regarding abortion, as well as their biblical stance on human sexuality that condemns homosexual behavior and its propagation.
“Many conservative Christians, however, can’t look past the Democratic Party’s staunch support for abortion and Planned Parenthood – as well over 300,000 unborn lives are terminated every year,” CP’s Samuel Smith noted. “Additionally, some conservative Christians can’t overlook the Democratic Party’s stance on LGBT issues because they see it is an embrace of sin.”
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[Editor’s Note: This article was written by Michael F Haverluck and first published at OneNewsNow]