Members of the Christian faith are often assumed to be conservative voters. Pastor Steven Broers, head of Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Fontanelle, Iowa, explains why he finds Andrew Yang’s message compelling.
Grace and Forgiveness. Humanity First. A Mindset of Abundance. Not Left, Not Right, Forward. These are the values that supporters of Democratic Presidential hopeful Andrew Yang are called on to embrace. However, they could just as easily be a list of values for my church. In fact, these are values I strive to live by every day as a Christian.
I am a 42-year-old Lutheran pastor who has served the last ten years in southwest Iowa with my wife and our four kids. I have never before publicly supported a political campaign, but that changed when I heard Andrew Yang’s platform. Let me share with you some connections I see between my Christian values and the values of the Andrew Yang campaign.
Jesus says that He did not come for the healthy, but for the sick; not for the righteous, but for sinners. We have all sinned, but it is a breath of fresh air to hear someone running for President admit that he makes mistakes just like the rest of us! Yang doesn’t pretend to be anything other than a normal human being. He is a parent and a patriot, but not a politician. He values grace and forgiveness just as every Christian is called to do.
As a Christian, I believe that all people have value because they were created in God’s image. I recognize that I will not always agree with every person’s choices, lifestyle or opinions; however, Jesus calls me to love all of humanity. Andrew Yang also values all of humanity both in how we treat one another and with respect to the economy. The Bible tells a story where Jesus’ disciples were picking off heads of grain on a Sabbath because they were hungry. While others criticized them, Jesus argued that the Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. In other words, God’s Law was meant to bless people—not to be an obstacle in their lives. In the same way, Yang wants to create an economy where people are more important than dollars.
Andrew Yang’s headline policy, called the Freedom Dividend, is an example of this Human-Centered Capitalism. The Dividend would provide every adult citizen with $1000 per month for the rest of their lives—No Strings Attached! That is a perfect illustration of Grace! It’s not based on income, so it takes away the stigma of receiving government assistance. It would be universally supported because even the richest Americans would have the option of receiving it. It would essentially be a $1000 per month increase for those on Social Security. It would practically eliminate poverty. It would support teachers, families, small businesses and rural communities by investing millions of dollars in local economies.
Jesus said that He came so that we might have life and have it abundantly! We do not need to live with a spirit of fear; we are called to live with the knowledge of God’s abundance! Yang argues that we need to look at our government in the same way. Instead of finding reasons why we can’t do things to help people, he reminds us that we live in the richest nation in the history of the Earth: We have the money and have been blessed!
God is neither a Democrat, nor a Republican, and Christians come from all sides of the political spectrum. Andrew Yang argues that while we will not always agree with one another, we can respect one another and work together toward common goals. Andrew Yang’s policies support and respect everyone in the country no matter whether they are on the Left or the Right! He simply wants to solve problems.
I thank God every day for giving me the opportunity to support Andrew Yang for President. If you have been looking for a candidate who exemplifies Christian values, I encourage you to pray about supporting Andrew Yang as well so that we can find a new way forward for our nation. Thank you.