According to one poll conducted last year, evangelical Christians represented former President Donald Trump’s most loyal supporters, based in large part on their opposition to abortion.
One outlier was the group Pro-Life Evangelicals for Biden, which threw its support behind Democratic nominee Joe Biden ahead of November’s election. It appears members of that group are now experiencing some buyer’s remorse.
“To have serious conversations”
A recent article in TheBlaze referenced the disappointment now being expressed by one of the group’s leaders in response to the Biden administration’s pro-choice policies.
Richard Mouw, president emeritus of California’s Fuller Seminary, told the Christian Post that he is particularly dismayed over the president’s support for repealing the Hyde Amendment.
As the theological scholar noted, the longstanding policy has prohibited federal tax dollars from being using to support abortion — but Biden wants that to change.
Mouw noted that his alignment with the pro-Biden group was offered “with the understanding that they would urge the White House to have serious conversations with Catholics and evangelicals who are right-to-life people.”
Thus far, however, he noted that “we haven’t had those conversations,” expressing his concern that “leaving the Hyde Amendment out of this particular package, this latest COVID package, is a signal that … there really … is no room for that kind of conversation.”
“A broader range of issues”
Although he has come to regret his public endorsement of the president, he does not consider it a mistake to cast his ballot for the Democratic nominee.
As justification for his vote, he pointed to his fears that a younger generation of evangelicals was being turned off by the acceptance of Trump’s perceived moral shortcomings.
Mouw went on to share his concern that Christians could “lose them to evangelicalism because of what is perceived as a mean-spirited, highly partisan commitment on the part of the older generation of evangelicals” who voted overwhelmingly in support of the former president.
“We thought it was important to hold up the right to life position and, at the same time, say it’s OK to be concerned about a broader range of issues such as global warming and children at the border separated from their parents and those kinds of questions,” he added.
After previously supporting the Hyde Amendment, Biden flipped his position during the presidential campaign, asserting in June: “I can’t justify leaving millions of women without access to the care they need and the ability to exercise their constitutionally protected right.”