MSNBC hosts Joe Scarborough and Al Sharpton offered some curious commentary about abortion during Monday’s “Morning Joe,” with Sharpton proclaiming that “real Christians” should be “incensed” by the handling of abortion rights.
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“Not only do Democrats need to aggressively go out there, real Christians that really study the Bible ought to be incensed,” Sharpton told Scarborough. “I’ve been a preacher since I was a little boy.”
He continued, “I am incensed and insulted that they have hijacked the Bible and Jesus to distort and misquote … create quotes that are not there to justify a right-wing kind of ideology that would take away the rights of women and then scheduled to take other people’s rights.”
Scarborough, for his part, went on an impassioned diatribe about how people must understand his take on the “truth about what’s in the Bible and what’s not in the Bible.”
The MSNBC host said abortion is not mentioned in the Scriptures.
“It’s not mentioned in the New Testament, it’s not mentioned in the Gospels, it’s not mentioned by Jesus,” Scarborough said. “Not one time.”
Margaret Buckley, a writer for conservative media watchdog Newsbusters, pushed back on the idea abortion isn’t referenced in the Bible.
“Now, [Scarborough] is right when ‘abortion’ is not specifically mentioned in the Bible, but why would it be?” Buckley wrote. “The act of ending another innocent life is not just mentioned in Natural Law itself, but within God’s commandments! And there are passages giving reverence to life in the womb.”
Watch some of the exchange:
Their remarks come after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade with Friday’s Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization ruling.
As Faithwire previously reported, this isn’t the first time Scarborough has made similar remarks about abortion. He recently pondered how “disconcerting” it is to see religious leaders deny communion “over a political issue that Jesus never once mentioned in the Gospels.”
Scarborough said Christ declined to discuss abortion despite the fact it was “both a political and a philosophical issue in Ancient Greece and in Rome when Jesus was alive.”
He proceeded to offer a message about what it takes to get into heaven, focusing solely on actions, not belief in Christ, as Scripture commands.
“[Jesus] told His disciples in Matthew 25 that we would be welcomed into the kingdom of heaven if we gave water to the thirsty, fed the hungry, clothed the poor, and brought hope to the hopeless,” Scarborough said. “We were to lead with forgiveness and love.”
Loving others is, of course, central to the Christian experience, though it is explicitly tied to the preceding command: loving God.
The entirety of the New Testament hinges on Jesus’ call for people to embrace Him; Christ is the core of salvation, so speaking solely about deeds concerning eternal rewards is deeply problematic.
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