In feudal times, the lords of a land had the right to have sex with women subordinate to them before the women then consummated their marriage to the man they actually married. Major evangelical leaders are right now shaving their legs and waxing their nethers getting ready to allow Donald Trump the droit du seigneur before they fully commit to Jesus.
Evangelicals risk, yet again, proving what cheap dates they are.
Donald Trump is beginning an aggressive outreach to the real evangelical community. My understanding is that there will be a series of meetings, not just one. Some good friends of mine who I have great faith in to stand strong will be going to one of the big meetings. But there are others as well who are viewed in the press and greater evangelical world as people of note and I am concerned about some of them.
The evangelical leaders who will soon meet with Donald Trump will be meeting with a man on his third marriage who has written about and bragged about his numerous affairs, rumors of which still circulate. They will be meeting with a man known for being blunt, frank, and telling you exactly what’s on his mind, but who gets surprisingly vague and obtuse when asked if any of his partners have ever had an abortion. They will be meeting with a man who praises Planned Parenthood as wonderful.
But more importantly, they will be meeting with a man who said he has never had the need to ask God for forgiveness and has displayed general ignorance about the basic practice of Christianity. He put money in the communion plate and ate the cracker before reading about two corinthians after all.
What should be most troubling to these evangelicals is that Trump was not only asked about seeking God’s forgiveness and saying he never had, but after this became a news story and it was clear that he should say yes, Trump actually doubled down on having no need to ask God for forgiveness. It may be only the second time in his life where Trump did not flip-flop, with the first being how wonderful he thinks Planned Parenthood is.
This is a man who, when he began his outreach to the Christian community, went straight to the heretics of the prosperity gospel and dared confuse that heresy with the gospel of Jesus Christ. This is a man who routinely causes supposed evangelicals to utter stupidity in his defense, like this, to compromise beliefs, and to bring out their worst character traits to defend Trump. He has led a whole group of people who’ve pledged themselves to Jesus to worship idols and turn from the Christ of the Bible to the flag waving American Jesus.
Donald Trump is the candidate of the failed American church that is, frankly, partly the legacy of some of those who will be meeting with Trump. They, through their politics and policies, put their faith in a political party and a political cause instead of in Christ. Some of them went so far as to claim God had a special place in the plan of salvation for the United States, despite there being no biblical evidence. As the nation’s morality now collapses, the people in these failed American churches have turned not to Jesus, but to anger, and they seek a political savior, not an eternal savior. This is an outcome of the politicization of Christianity and some of those who will meet with Trump seek even now to distance themselves from that legacy, but just cannot help themselves.
The Evangelical leaders who meet with Trump are going to be put to a test that will determine who their first master is, God or mammon. To endorse Trump as a Christian brother, despite the demands of 1 Corinthians 5:9-13, will speak volumes about the commitment these people have to their faith and the flock. “[N]ow I am writing to you not to associate with anyone who bears the name of brother if he is guilty of sexual immorality or greed, or is an idolater, reviler, drunkard, or swindler—not even to eat with such a one.”
I cannot really fault any of them for coming out of a meeting with Donald Trump and concluding that he is better than Hillary and therefore they might vote for him. That is a personal opinion and each person is entitled to make up his own mind. But if these evangelical leaders come out of a meeting with Donald Trump and give tacit or explicit approval of the man as one of their own, they will be selling out the causes that they have long defended.
These men and women should think very, very carefully before aligning themselves politically with Donald Trump. They will have to own his words and deeds as Robert Jeffress and Jerry Falwell, Jr. have already. Need we, in our movement, have more than just those two beclowned?
“When the church aligns itself politically, it gives priority to the compromises and temporal successes of the political world rather than its Christian confession of eternal truth. And when the church gives up its rightful place as the conscience of the culture, the consequences for society can be horrific.” — Chuck Colson
Don’t be cheap dates, evangelicals. Trust in the Lord, not in a gold plated fraud.