Christian Leaders Criticize Pete Buttigieg After He Uses Bible Verse to Justify $15 Minimum Wage

IN\n this July 24, 2019, photo, Democratic presidential candidate and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg, speaks in Detroit. Buttigieg spent nearly $300,000 on private jet travel this year, more than any other Democrat seeking the White House. It enabled the Indiana mayor to keep an aggressive schedule, shuttling from his headquarters in South Bend to fundraisers and political events across the U.S. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg is facing criticism after he used a Proverbs bible verse during Tuesday’s Democratic primary debate.

Buttigieg was responding to a question about how he would help workers keep their jobs in auto manufacturing as the industry faces cutbacks in the Midwest.

Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg is facing criticism after he used a Proverbs bible verse during Tuesday’s Democratic primary debate.

Buttigieg was responding to a question about how he would help workers keep their jobs in auto manufacturing as the industry faces cutbacks in the Midwest.

“Well, this happened in my community 20 years before I was born. And when I was growing up, we were still picking up the pieces,” he said. “Empty factories, empty houses, poverty. I know exactly what happens to a community when these closures take place. And there will be more.”

“We actually need to put the interests of workers first,” he said, adding that the minimum wage is “just too low.”

“And so-called conservative Christian senators right now in the Senate are blocking a bill to raise the minimum wage, when scripture says that whoever oppresses the poor taunts their maker,” Buttigieg said.

Buttigieg was referring to Proverbs 14:31, which says “He who oppresses the poor taunts his Maker, but he who is gracious to the needy honors Him.”

“[It] never fails to baffle how progressives can appeal to the Bible to arrive at an exact minimum wage ($15, according to Buttigieg), yet ignore, reject, or plead ambiguity on the Bible’s teaching on marriage and abortion,” Andrew T. Walker, a senior fellow with the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, tweeted Wednesday.

Everett Piper, president of Oklahoma Wesleyan University and author, tweeted that Buttigieg’s view of Christianity “seems to look more like himself than it looks like Christ.”

“Worshipping the ‘god’ he sees in the mirror rather than the God he sees in the Bible,” Piper said.

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Source: Christian Headlines