Ralph Reed, Chairman, Faith & Freedom Coalition, listens during Faith and Freedom Coalition's Road to Majority event in Washington, Saturday, June 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Molly Riley)

Character Once Counted For Ralph Reed

Just a few months ago, Ralph Reed accused Christians who would not support Trump “morally superior.” But it was not always so with Reed.

Back in 1998, while running the Christian Coalition, the New York Times wrote about the 1998 Christian Coalition meeting. In it is this passage:

At this year’s convention, which ends on Sunday, the group’s leaders used the Clinton scandal as the ultimate evidence that Washington was in need of a restoration of ”family values.”

”Character matters, and the American people are hungry for that message,” said Mr. Reed, the coalition’s former executive director and now a private political consultant. ”We care about the conduct of our leaders, and we will not rest until we have leaders of good moral character.”

Compare that to the Ralph Reed of today.

“People of faith are voting on issues like who will protect unborn life, defund Planned Parenthood, defend religious liberty and oppose the Iran nuclear deal,” said Ralph Reed, who heads the Faith & Freedom Coalition. “A ten-year-old tape of a private conversation with a talk show host ranks low on their hierarchy of concerns.”

Character once counted for Ralph. But now either paritsan politics or cash trumps character for him and that is sad.

Ralph once said he and his fellow Christian activists “would not rest until we have leaders of good moral character.” Now he is defending a man who refuses to repent and revels in sin.

At this point, if offered enough cash, Ralph would defend Satan as a former angel now retired. How can any of us who are Christian activists in politics woo people to our side when it seems we’re more involved in worldly team sport than saving souls? Trump taints those he touches.

And I still have to believe character counts.

“For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul?” Matthew 16:26

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