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Benjamin Watson Calls Out Political Tribalism within the Church: ‘We Are to Be Folks of the Phrase’

Former NFL star Benjamin Watson is a leading voice in the pro-life community, but he doesn’t always toe the line with his fellow pro-lifers on other issues. That’s because, he says, Scripture — and not political party — is his guiding force.  Watson is a pro-life apologist on social media and even wrote a book

Benjamin Watson Calls Out Political Tribalism within the Church: ‘We Are to Be Folks of the Phrase’

Former NFL star Benjamin Watson is a number one voice within the pro-life neighborhood, however he doesn’t all the time toe the road together with his fellow pro-lifers on different points. That’s as a result of, he says, Scripture — and never political social gathering — is his guiding power. Watson is a pro-life apologist on social media and even wrote a e-book, The New Combat for Life, that gives a path ahead to defend the unborn in a post-Roe society. But, on different points, together with these involving race, his place doesn’t match neatly inside any political social gathering. 

It’s not unusual for Watson to problem and criticize each Republicans and Democrats on social media in the identical week. Political tribalism, he mentioned, is “undoubtedly a giant challenge with the church.”

“We’re to be a individuals of the Phrase, Watson instructed Crosswalk Headlines. “And clearly, many people interpret it in several methods. However I feel we must always be capable to have the dialog as believers: What would God have us to do? And if it doesn’t align with our political social gathering, who cares?”

Watson performed 15 seasons as a decent finish within the NFL alongside legendary quarterbacks like Tom Brady and Drew Brees. He received a Tremendous Bowl in 2005 (the 2004 season). 

Now that he’s retired, he’s balancing his time between household life, sports activities (he’s a studio analyst with the SEC Community), and advocacy. He’s vice chairman of strategic relationships for the Human Coalition, a pro-life group. His social media profile describes him this manner: “Believer. Husband. Father. Justice Advocate. Creator. 

A Bible verse from the Outdated Testomony fuels him, he mentioned. 

Micah 6:8 — ‘He has instructed you, oh, man, what is nice and what does the Lord require of you however to do justice, to like kindness, to stroll humbly together with your God. I need to be a person who stands for justice, he instructed Crosswalk Headlines. “And that is available in numerous totally different colours and numerous totally different sizes. What does God say about justice? What does He say about defending susceptible individuals [and] about compassion and kindness? 

“I’m right here with my youngsters, my spouse, and we need to be individuals which can be type to others, Watson added, referencing the Okay-Love Fan Awards, the place Crosswalk Headlines interviewed him. And in order that form of drives me, not essentially what both facet of the aisle has on their platform, though a few of it’s good, a few of it I don’t agree with. However Scripture is what guides me.”

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The professional-life neighborhood, he mentioned, should defend the unborn whereas providing compassion and help to moms. Instantly after Roe was overturned, he mentioned, “There was a little bit of apathy within the pro-life motion.

I feel lots of people thought that the battle was over, he mentioned. “However now we’re understanding that [it’s] a state-level battle. There’s additionally a battle inside our church buildings: How are we as believers [and] church buildings going to discuss it from the pulpit? How are we going to serve girls in our communities? 

“It’s received to be a multi-pronged method. The regulation is vitally necessary. You may have numerous states now with extra permissive abortion legal guidelines — that’s one thing that must be addressed. I work with the Human Coalition, and we discovered that 76 % of the ladies we serve say they would favor to mum or dad if their circumstances had been totally different. So how will we advocate for these circumstances to fill that hole?”

 Photograph Credit score: ©Getty Photographs/Mike Lawrie/Workers


Michael Foust has lined the intersection of religion and information for 20 years. His tales have appeared in Baptist Press, Christianity Right this moment, The Christian Publish, the Leaf-Chronicle, the Toronto Star and the Knoxville Information-Sentinel.

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