Lately, former First Lady and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has been making the rounds to promote her new book, Hard Choices. In one interview, she claimed “the Bible was and remains the biggest influence on my thinking.” Is the Bible really the biggest influence on Mrs. Clinton’s thinking? With all due respect, it seems unlikely.
After all, Mrs. Clinton has long been a supporter of abortion. Well, the Bible says God formed us in the womb and knew us before we were born, so it’s safe to say every child is human from the time of fertilization (Psalm 139:13; Isaiah 44:2). Likewise, killing innocent people is murder (Exodus 20:13; Jeremiah 7:6). Conclusion? Abortion isn’t supported by the Bible.
Okay, so Mrs. Clinton’s views on abortion aren’t influenced by the Bible, but what about her views on gay marriage? Over the years, her position has been fluid, which isn’t exactly rare for a politician. That said, she seems to have settled on supporting gay marriage. Is that opinion influenced by the Bible? Not exactly. Quite the opposite, Jesus said that “at the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female,’ and said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh’? So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate” (Matthew 19:4-6). In other words, marriage is between one man and one woman for life.
Sure, Jesus didn’t expressly condemn homosexual unions, but He also didn’t explicitly condemn marrying children, animals or inanimate objects. It was a lot easier to state what marriage is, instead of listing all of the things it isn’t. Besides, considering that the Bible clearly teaches homosexuality is a sin, He didn’t have to condemn gay marriage (Romans 1:26-27; 1 Corinthians 6:9). It was understood by His audience.
Alright, so the Bible isn’t the biggest influence on the gay marriage issue for Mrs. Clinton, but what about welfare? I mean, doesn’t the Bible support welfare? Not at all. In fact, Paul wrote “For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: “The one who is unwilling to work shall not eat” (2 Thessalonians 3:10). He added elsewhere that “Anyone who does not provide for their relatives, and especially for their own household, has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever” (1 Timothy 5:8). Certainly, the Bible encourages being charitable and helping those in need, but it doesn’t endorse the forced redistribution of private wealth. You can’t be charitable with other people’s money. Instead, the Bible says helping the poor is the job of the family and the church (1 Timothy 5:3-10).
There are parts of the Bible that just about everyone likes. Yet, the Bible says all Scripture is God-breathed (2 Timothy 3:16), not just the parts you like. With the Bible, it’s an all-or-nothing proposition.