I’m incredibly saddened today asÂ the news media has brought to light recordings of Donald Trump speaking quite crassly about how he views women and his tall-telling of how he hasÂ treated women. This is no surprise really; what is grievous is that many evangelical leaders have notÂ withdrawn their support of this man and further, have continued in their insistence that we must vote for him, “or else we’ll lose our country”.
My friends, the republic is long gone.
Is it a coincidence thatÂ the liberal media kept this in its pocket during theÂ primary’s and then whipped it out 30 days from ballots being cast, and in coordination with WikiLeaks documents outlining the money grubbing corruption that is Hillary Clinton? Of course we knew the liberal media would do its best to smear any candidate with an R next to their name; which is why folks like myself insisted that Trump was a toxic brew of smearable material. They aren’t done either, and there’s certainly more to come.
The hypocrisy of it all is staggering. We stand aghast at how lewd Trump’s 2005 remarks were about how he treats women; we denounce and decry it as demeaning, we who spentÂ $166.2 million to watch a man demean a woman in 50 Shades of Grey, we who spend multiple billions to watch men demeanÂ women, we who insist on our right to murder and sells the parts of the babies we’ve “inadvertently” conceived and who pose an “inconvenience” to our personal plans. We’ve adoredÂ the movie stars (like Leo) who treat women as chattel.
Do not forget…we elect men to represent US. Sure looks likeÂ we’ve done a fine job. Clinton and Trump are you and me; greedy, lustful, selfish, avaricious, arrogant, conniving sinners. To think, for us conservatives, we had the likes of Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, Carly Fiorina, and Scott Walker; upstanding men, who were honorable. At this point, I’d even settle forÂ John KasichÂ or Jeb Bush!
It doesn’t give pleasure to say, “I told you so”, but it pains me to watch folks I once held in esteem continue to insist on the need to vote for Trump. Pastors and Statesmen who ought to be leading the charge to back away from this dumpster fire, arguing that the dumpster fire is not a polished dumpster fire, but he’s a better dumpster fire than the dumpster fire onÂ the left side of the street.
The solution, tomorrow, being the Lord’s Day, it would be wise forÂ Pastors to preach white-hot sermons against sin; from top to bottom we’ve coddled it in our hearts, thoughts, words, homes, and cities. We’ve refused repenting and forsaking our sin, and insisted on watching it on our TV’s, clicking on it in our browsers, overlooking it in our children and leaving rebellion undisciplined; and now the rooster’s coming home to roost. Some may say, but this was awhile back, and Bill Clinton is just as bad or worse, right? True repentance doesn’t shift the blame, which is what Trump did in hisÂ statement.
True repentance owns it, and accepts the responsibility. The issue isn’t whether we shouldÂ offer Trump forgiveness, of course we do, in Jesus Christ it is available to him (even if he claims he doesn’t ask for it). The issue is that by voting for him, we are acnoweldging that we want HIM to represent US and be our head of state.
Our integrity, along with Trump’s campaign and presidential prospects, are a smoking crater. We should be grateful that God has so humbled us, and instead of doubling down and justifying our sin, repent, and flee to Christ. We’ve fed on exegetically pathetic “sound-bytes” for far too long, hummed along to tepid pop-Christianese songs for far too long, andÂ neglected obedience to God’s word for far too long. The best time to begin is now; obedience is hard, repentance is a sort of humiliation, but pride is the best route to ruin and desolation.