Women in Congress cry out who’s a good Christian
Two members of Congress embarked on a heated debate over what it means to be a good Christian shortly after the United States House of Representatives passed a bill that would codify the right to abortion into federal law .
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., And Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-Mich., Had an argument on the steps of the U.S. Capitol on Friday after the Democratic-controlled House. vote 218-211 to approve the Women’s Health Protection Act. The bill received support from all but one House Democrats and was opposed by all Republicans in Congress.
Also known as HR 3755, the bill seeks to protect access to abortion nationwide and overturn laws and regulations such as the controversial Texas Senate Bill 8, which prohibits most abortions in the state as early as six weeks gestation.
The bill would also invalidate the more recently passed Texas Senate Bill 4 which prohibits a person “from providing an abortion-inducing drug to a pregnant woman without meeting the informed consent requirements applicable for abortions.”
A viral video of the shouting match, shared on twitter, shows Greene heckling Democrats on the Capitol steps as they held a press conference on the Democrats’ “Build Better for Women” campaign after approving the legislation.
“You should all be ashamed of yourself. Killing a baby until it is born is a lack of civility. This is called a murder! shouted Greene.
“You should practice the basic thing you are taught in church: respect your neighbors! Replied a visibly annoyed Dingell.
Greene did not appreciate the questioning of her Christianity and she responded forcefully to Dingell.
“Taught in church? She retaliated. “Are you kidding? Try to be a Christian and support life. “
Dingell shouted furiously at Dingell: “You are trying to be a Christian … and try to treat your colleagues decently!”
Dingell almost slipped down the steps of the Capitol as she continued her back and forth with Greene.
Tricia Flanagan, a Republican candidate for Congress from New Jersey, expressed her belief that Greene reflects “REAL Christianity.”
On Twitter Saturday, Flanagan affirmed that “Debbie Dingell demands that Christians be lukewarm. Dingell says be kind, don’t make waves, do as you are told.”
“TRUE Christianity fights with Truth! TRUE Christianity defends Life! TRUE Christianity is ready to roar! Well done! @mtgreenee – with you until the end, ”she added.
Meanwhile, Ron Fournier, a Detroit-based communications consultant who previously worked for the Associated Press and the National Journal, suggested on Twitter that Greene did not reflect God’s grace.
As members of Congress and their supporters debate who acts more Christ-like, a recent study from Arizona Christian University shows that of about 176 million American adults who identify as Christians, only 6% truly subscribe to a biblical worldview.
The study showed that most self-identified Christians in America, including many who identify as evangelicals, believe that God is the all-powerful and all-knowing Creator of the universe. At the same time, more than half reject several Bible teachings and principles, including the existence of the Holy Spirit.
Additionally, the study found that most Christians believe that all faiths are equal, that people are essentially good, and that they can use acts of kindness to earn their way to heaven. The study also concluded that most Christians do not believe in moral absolutes, cite feelings, experience or input from friends and family as their most reliable sources of moral guidance, and say that having faith matters more than the faith one chooses to practice.
George Barna, principal investigator at the Cultural Research Center at Arizona Christian University, reacted to the findings in a declaration.
“Too often, it seems, people who are simply religious, or the regular devotees, or perhaps people who want a certain reputation or image adopt the label ‘Christian’, regardless of their spiritual life and their intentions, ”Barna said.
“‘Christian’ has become somewhat of an umbrella term rather than a name that reflects a deep commitment to pursue with passion and be like Jesus Christ,” he added.