For the past 27 years, Democrats have been trying to win over evangelical Christians who last voted in large numbers for their party’s presidential candidate, Jimmy Carter, in 1976.
At the 1992 Democratic National Convention, Al Gore gave it a go, but misquoted Scripture. In his acceptance speech for the vice presidential nomination, Gore said, “In the words of the Bible, Do not lose heart. This nation will be renewed.” The verse actually says, “Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day” (2 Corinthians 4:16). Paul is speaking of our earthly bodies and the hope that awaits those who believe in Jesus, not the Democratic Party.
Next up in the religious batter’s box Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Ind., who is expected to declare his candidacy soon and who calls himself a Christian of the liberal Episcopal variety. In an interview with Washington Post religion reporter Sarah Pulliam Bailey, he said, “I think there’s an opportunity hopefully for religion to be not so much used as a cudgel, but invoked as a way of calling us to higher values.”
What “values” might those be? Are they the values of a secular progressive? Buttigieg is all for government helping the poor – under Trump, applications for U.S. unemployment benefits have declined to a 49-year low, driven by the roaring economy, not social programs – and standing up against “the wealthy and the powerful and the established.”