Pete Buttigieg, presidential candidate and occasional mayor of South Bend, Indiana, has reportedly done a campaign “reset.” In recent weeks, his campaign has seemed to be stuck in neutral, generating little momentum. And speaking of stuck, one thing “Mayor Pete” still seems to be stuck on is lecturing Christians on their faith like some sort of anointed prophet of God. Here’s what Pete 2.0 said Thursday during his televised sermon on MSNBC, sounding a lot like Pete 1.0:
“[For] the party and the movement known for beating other people on the head with their faith, or their interpretation of their faith...” [he’s talking about religious conservatives]…“it makes no sense to literally vote to take food away from the hungry, to essentially be practicing the very thing that not just the Scriptural tradition but so many others tell us we’re not supposed to do in terms of harming other people. And I do think there’s going to be a reckoning over that.”
In a Thursday appearance on FOX News’ THE INGRAHAM ANGLE, I addressed this latest incarnation of the Rev. Buttigieg. To be clear, I don’t think God aligns with either political party. It’s not up to God to align with us; it’s up to us to align with Him as well as we can.
Buttigieg has this idea that Christians are out there beating people over the head. This observation seems to be something that formed by itself in his OWN head, because I don’t know what he’s talking about. Ironically, if anyone is guilty of beating people over the head with his faith right now, it’s Pete Buttigieg. (Heck, I used to be a pastor, and I think Pete is talking more about God on the campaign trail than I did.) But that’s what Democrats generally do: accuse others of something they are doing themselves.
Buttigieg thinks government needs to spend more money to take care of poor people. I have a suggestion for him and anyone who wants better care for the poor –- as most of us of both political parties do, including myself –- and that is to ask himself what his own personal contribution is. If you are a person of faith, there is this thing called the tithe: a dime out of every dollar going to the church, to help meet others’ needs. That’s a good place to start.
Would you choose to do that, or would you rather pay fifty cents out of every dollar in taxes under the assumption that THE GOVERNMENT will meet people’s needs? The government was not intended to do charity work; that’s for us to do. Government came up with huge programs decades ago designed to care for the poor, with the federal bureaucracy spending over a trillion dollars in the “War on Poverty.” Does “Mayor Pete” think God is pleased with the result? It’s what WE do, personally and out of love, not what a bunch of tax-funded politicians, poverty pimps and paper-pushers do, that is going to help raise people up and make a difference in their lives.
So, to Pete Buttigieg and others who want to tell everybody else how to be a Christian, please tell me: what does your own personal giving look like? Are you practicing what you preach?
This is essentially what I told Laura, who also brought up Buttigieg’s suggestion that you’re not really a Christian if you don’t support the climate change agenda. If you’re going to stand by and watch the Earth, God’s creation, being damaged, and His people being hurt, the argument goes, “...what do you suppose God thinks of that? I’ll bet he thinks it’s messed up.”
“At least one way of talking about this,” he said, “is that it’s a kind of sin.”
You know, he does make a good point when he says we should be good stewards of the Earth, which is, after all, God’s creation “on loan” to us. As I explained to Laura, I consider myself to be a conservationist, as opposed to an environmentalist. As I think of it, an “environmentalist” is someone who worships the environment itself, the Creation as opposed to the Creator. A “conservationist,” the way I understand the term, is someone who worships the Creator. I’m grateful for the Creation, but I believe God has given it to us for our use and benefit. We honor God by following the “Boy Scout” policy: leaving our campsite in as good or better condition than it was before we came.
This way of thinking may explain why a Tea Party rally tends to leave not one speck of trash behind; indeed, the area often looks better kept than it did before. Contrast that with your typical “progressive” march or antifa demonstration; these are the people who supposedly care so much about the environment, yet judging from the mess they leave behind for someone else to clean up, they don’t. Likewise, major cities run by leftists are being buried in filth and trash.
And why is Mayor Pete lecturing Christians on the environment when godless Communist China, the worst offender, spews a constant cloud of horrible yellow-brown yuck into the air? Does he really expect America to deliberately wreck its economy and destroy individual freedom to “save the planet,” when it’s other nations doing most of the environmental damage? And is it sinful for us to use a plastic straw or eat a hamburger when so-called environmentalists pushing the “climate” agenda are buying huge ocean-front homes and jetting to symposiums around the world? Who gets to cast the first stone?
Laura referred to this new approach by Buttigieg as a sort of “hail Mary” (ha) to breathe some life into his stagnant campaign. But his focus on Christians’ perceived failings is nothings new; recall what seemed to be his obsession with evangelical Christian Vice President Mike Pence.
Finally, there’s something I just can’t wrap my head around. Buttigieg professes to be a Christian and likes to talk about what God does and does not want us to do. He would have a little more credibility if he would come out and say he’s AGAINST taking the life of a perfectly innocent unborn child at the moment it’s coming into the world. I just don’t know how anybody can say “I’m for abortion on demand, and I think that’s exactly what God wants.”
You know, Pete, at least one way of talking about abortion on demand is that it’s a kind of sin. And I do think there's going to be a reckoning over that.