Single-Issue Voting in a Post-Flood World

Tom Buck

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This week the Republican platform committee abandoned the long held pro-life commitments of the GOP’s previous platform. The 2020 Republican platform repeatedly addressed the issue of abortion and affirmed that “the unborn child has a fundamental right to life which cannot be infringed.” However, the 2024 platform’s only stated opposition is to a “Late Term Abortion.” Understandably, this has left many evangelical Christians profoundly disappointed. But will it change how we vote? Should it change how we vote?

Now that we live in a post-Roe world where abortion has been left up to the states, and we’re faced with no viable pro-life candidates in the 2024 Presidential election, some suggest it’s time to abandon the “single-issue voting” mentality of those who oppose the murder of the unborn. However, I am as committed as ever to being a single-issue-voter. And the controlling issue for me is a candidate’s and political party’s view on the sanctity of life. I hold this position not simply as a Christian, but as a member of the human race.

In Genesis 9, Noah exited the ark and mankind entered a new world. At that point, God established a foundational principle of human government upon a single issue: the sanctity of life. In a post-flood world – before he formed a specific nation or even gave the Ten Commandments – God established that mankind was to be pro-life. Man is to respect life, protect life, and produce life. This was in complete opposition of how mankind had governed himself after the Fall as recorded in Genesis 4-6.

After the Fall, Murder Dominated the Way of Man

After Adam and Eve rebelled against God in Genesis 3, they were immediately infected with sin and expelled from the garden. Mankind’s fallen state soon manifested itself in the act of murder as their son Cain viciously killed his brother, Abel. When confronted by God, Cain tried to hide his evil act, refused to repent, and “went out from the presence of God and settled in the land of Nod” (Gen 4:16).

Cain’s descendants followed in his wicked footsteps and plunged deeper into sin. While Cain hid his sin, his great-great-great-grandson Lamech bragged about his. He said in Genesis 4:23, “For I killed a man for striking me; and a boy for wounding me; If Cain is avenged sevenfold then Lamech seventy-seven-fold.” The downward spiral of sin is evident where murder not only increased but even the murder of children is celebrated. (The word “boy” is Hebrew for child).

Mankind became increasingly wicked until we read in Genesis 6:11, “the earth was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence.” Murderous violence filled the land. When sin ran unchecked, the one sin that consumed this planet was murder. At the very heart of fallen humanity was the lack of respect for life that led to an assault upon fellow image-bearers of God.

Therefore, God decided to send judgment on the earth. He extended grace to one man, Noah. Then in an act of righteous judgment, God flooded the world and destroyed all of mankind except for Noah, his three sons, and each of their wives.

After the Flood, God Established a Pro-life World

As we open Genesis 9 and the waters finally recede, Noah exits the ark, and God establishes a covenant with Noah. But a problem persists. As Noah enters this newly washed world, he and his family are still sinners. If left unchecked, Noah’s descendants would return to their murderous ways.

Therefore, God established a pro-life law in a post-flood world. When Adam and Eve was expelled from the garden, man was not given any law by which to govern himself. Up to this point in humnan history, God had given no governing laws. But in this new era, God addressed a single issue—the issue of life. Mankind, as God’s creation, had the responsibility to produce life, respect life, and protect life.

God commissions mankind to produce life (1, 7). The bookends of this section in verses 1 and 7 give a double emphasis on producing life. God created life and gave his creatures the ability to make life. Therefore, they were to be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth.

God instructs mankind to respect life in general (2-4). A major change in the new world order was that God now gave animals to man for food (9:3). The issue God teaches with this new freedom is that mankind is to respect life because all life comes from him and belongs to him. Since blood is the sign of life, they were not to consume the blood of animals. Even in how mankind was to kill and eat animals, they were taught that life is valuable, that God is the giver of life, and that only he has authority to give it or take it. If this is true of animals, it’s even more true of humans, who are created in God’s image.

God commands mankind to protect human life in particular (5-6). While an animal’s blood may be shed (but not consumed), human blood must not be shed. Human life must be protected because we are all image bearers of God (9:6) Therefore, God declared that anyone or anything that murdered a human would be required to face judgment. Mankind’s murderous ways must not be tolerated by society. God possesses absolute lordship over every life he creates. Therefore, no sin shows greater contempt for life and for God than to murder those created in his image.

Someone who takes a human life usurps God’s sovereignty over life and death—and God says death is merited for the one who does so (9:6). Because life is so valuable, someone who willfully takes another’s life is to be put to death at the hands of mankind, which is the establishment principle of all human government. Since this is before the Mosaic Law and before there was a Jewish nation, this is a universal governing principle that God gave to all human government. (See Rom 13).

In Genesis 9, God established a fundamental principle of human government, and he established it on a single issue—what it means to be pro-life.

If the wickedness of the pre-flood world went unchecked in the post-flood world, society would have descended into even more violence. And the one sin that dominated life before the flood was murder. Any culture that allows for murderous violence will deserve God’s judgment and will soon not survive. Therefore, when Noah got off the ark, God established a fundamental principle of human government, and he established it on a single issue—what it means to be pro-life.

Abortion Runs Contrary to All Three of God’s Intentions for the Single-Issue Government

How can we take this clear biblical principle and apply it to the issue of abortion as we seek to be pro-life in a post-Roe world? The first thing we need to recognize is that abortion violates all three these things in Genesis 9. Abortion shows no respect for life, it doesn’t protect innocent human life of those created in God’s image, and it’s an assault upon the production of life—taking life shortly after life has been made.

Abortion is nothing less than the destruction of a human life. It violates God’s universal law given to mankind in Genesis 9:6 to not take the innocent life of one created in the image of God. And anyone who willingly destroys such innocent life deserves to forfeit his own.

Single-Issue Voting in a Post-Roe World

American Christians will always be faced with choosing which issues are most important to Christ’s Kingdom when casting their vote as sojourners in this nation. In a democratic society, the only thing Christians can be is “issue voters.” So, consider this. When God rebooted the world in Genesis 9 and established his first law for mankind to govern himself, he gave a single issue.

While God later addressed other pro-life issues in the Mosaic Law, none of those other issues ultimately matter if the foundational issue of valuing physical life is ignored. Laws to help the poor, provide good health care, and give a living wage do absolutely nothing for the baby who is murdered before he can even take her first breath. A baby will never be poorer or have a greater need for health care than when she’s in the womb.

When Noah exited the ark, and God established the foundational principle of human government, he chose a single issue. No one had the right to take an innocent human life because life belongs to God and we are all created in his image. Therefore, an assault on a baby in the womb is an assault on God in heaven.

If a single issue arises that is fundamental to every other issue, logic necessitates that that single issue must become the controlling factor.

Furthermore, while there are other issues related to the sanctity of life, not all issues are morally equivalent. If a single issue arises that is fundamental to every other issue, logic necessitates that that single issue must become the controlling factor. In a pro-death world, God established the single issue that must be foundational for all human government is being pro-life. Every human created in God’s image has a right to life, which is what the founders of our nation recognized.

Therefore, as I ponder my vote for the election in November, here is what guides me. If the foundational principle of human government, as established by our Creator, is to producelife, respectlife, and protectlife, I will only vote to give governing power to those who reflect those values. Any political party or candidate who would allow for the murder of one of God’s image bearers while still in her mother’s womb, is not worthy of my support.

We must tell the Republican party and its nominee that if they abandon the commitment to support every person’s right to life, they will lose our support to give them power to govern.

Since Christians are aliens and ambassadors of Christ’s Kingdom, we must not blindly align ourselves with any political person or party. We must vote according to the clear principles and issues found in God’s Word. Since God established valuing the sanctity of life as the foundational principle for all human government, I must choose God’s pro-life view in a pro-death world. I believe we must tell the Republican party and its nominee that if they abandon the commitment to support every person’s right to life, they will lose our support to give them power to govern.

Whatever your decision, I pray Genesis 9:1-6 will inform you of how to be pro-life in a post-Roe world. This is God’s world. So, we must not rest until there’s nowhere in our country will it be lawful for a woman to terminate the life of her unborn child; where nowhere in our country will abortion be presented as a viable option; and where nowhere in our country will a leader be elected that would not respect and protect every human life.

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Tom Buck

Senior Pastor First Baptist Church of Lindale, Texas

Tom Buck is Senior Pastor at the First Baptist Church of Lindale, Texas. He holds a BA in Pastoral Ministries and New Testament Greek from the Moody Bible Institute, a ThM in Bible Exposition from Dallas Theological Seminary, and a DMin in Expository Preaching at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Tom previously served for 12 years as the Senior Pastor of Riverside Baptist Fellowship in Florida. He has been at First Baptist Church since 2006. Tom is passionate about helping train pastors to be biblical expositors and serves as Director of G3 Expository Preaching Workshops.