No, Rev. Sharpton, We Haven’t ‘Hijacked the Bible and Jesus’ After All

No, Rev. Sharpton, We Haven’t ‘Hijacked the Bible and Jesus’ After All by Kevin McGary for Charisma News

In a recent interview on MSNBC, Al Sharpton attempted to wax profound by asserting, “The pro-life movement has hijacked the Bible and Jesus.”

Really, Al? His claim raises a serious question: “Have the Bible and Jesus been hijacked, or are we finally seeing aspects of Scripture being faithfully applied?”

Sharpton, controversial and hyperbolic at times, is true to form when he launches into ideologically partisan, racist screeds asserting the Bible and Jesus are being distorted and misquoted by “right-wing” (Trump-supporting) activists. But really: Has the pro-life movement distorted or misquoted Jesus and the Bible? Let’s investigate.

Start with Jeremiah 1:5 (ESV), which reports God’s actual words: “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” No complex interpretation is needed there—God declared he not only intricately and perfectly “forms” every individual while in the womb, but even before that, He “knows” us and gives us His ordained purpose and destiny. Furthermore, God cherishes His highest creative work and expressly forbids the murder of any human being in the Sixth Commandment.

If Al Sharpton deserved the title “reverend,” then he should credit those two fundamental truths of the Judeo-Christian worldview. It should be obvious that we devalue God’s creation and arrogantly dismiss and usurp His perfect and ordained will by deciding to unjustly kill His highest creation.

Turn next to Proverbs 6:16-19, which confirms that God literally hates “hands that shed innocent blood.” If we are faithfully committed to aligning with God by rejecting everything He hates, wouldn’t that mean we would reject the shedding of the innocent blood of babies via abortion? Sharpton’s assertion that the Bible is being “distorted” (by “right-wing” activists) on this issue is ridiculous. But never forget: A person who asserts a pretty obviously erroneous or self-contradictory statement as the truth is an intentional deceiver. And anyone who claims to be Christian but changes a fundamental Bible truth is accursed. (Gal. 1:6-9).

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