This has not been a good weekend for Donald Trump. No matter how his supporters try to spin it, the recently released 11-year-old tapes of him do not help his campaign. It’s not so much that he had a crude conversation with a reporter, it’s what he admitted to doing to women that is offensive.
Republicans are jumping ship faster than the rats on the Titanic. His diehard supporters dismiss this as establishment Republicans who were always against him. They had just climbed on board when it looked like he was going to win. Sorry, no. They were Republicans who, against their better judgment, got behind the party’s nominee to defeat someone they thought was even worse. Unfortunately, their gut instinct has just been proven correct.
Twitter was all a flutter this weekend with all sorts of comments on the issue. Many who defended Former President Bill Clinton’s sexual escapades as “just sex” are now excoriating Donald Trump for his comments. At the time, these Democrat pundits did not mind and even dismissed the women who claimed Clinton sexually assaulted or raped them. Now they are demanding Trump step down because of his lewd comments. Rightfully so, they have been labeled hypocrites. But I must point out, many of those doing the finger pointing are being just as hypocritical. The same people who screamed the loudest in the 1990’s that Clinton was not fit for the presidency are finding some reason, any reason, to say Trump’s behavior is acceptable and he deserves that same high office.
Some people could care less about either of these men and their sexual escapades. Their sexual behavior, and Hillary’s covering up of such behavior, is not an issue for them in either case. Then there are those who say both of these men have serious issues and should be nowhere near the Oval Office. These positions are polar opposites, but they are at least consistent. The people in these two groups have remained steadfast in their principles and put them above politics.
A few tweeters have shared Jesus’ statement; “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” (John 8:7) Good point. We are ALL sinners. But Jesus’ comment was not one of exoneration. It was a call to repentance and humiliation. Jesus leads us to recognize our own sin, to be humbled and to repent. He did not just rebuke those about to stone the adulteress, causing them to walk away. He opened their eyes before opening hers. “Go now and leave your life of sin.”
At the 2015 Iowa Family Leadership Summit, Trump was questioned about asking for forgiveness. He responded, ”If I do something wrong, I think I just try to make it right. I don’t bring God into that picture. I don’t.”
Anderson Cooper tried to clarify Trump’s statements in an interview following the summit. Trump stated, “Why do I have to repent or ask for forgiveness, if I am not making mistakes? I work hard, I’m an honorable person.”
This past January, Trump was given another chance to explain his position. Again, Trump stuck to his guns, “I like to be good. I don’t like to have to ask for forgiveness. And I am good. I don’t do a lot of things that are bad. I try to do nothing that is bad.”
Trump went on the offensive on Sunday, but not against the Democrats or Hillary’s campaign. No, he attacked Republicans for distancing themselves from him. This is not a man who is repentant of his actions. If he were, he would understand why they are leaving. Instead, he called them hypocrites for being morally consistent and not blindly and mindlessly standing by him as the nominee.
Trump has not turned from his life of sin because he doesn’t recognize his sin.“It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” (Mark 2:17) Trump believes he is righteous. Shame on his ‘Christian’ supporters for not correcting him. If they truly had a Christian love for this man, they would be trying to open his eyes just as Christ did. Instead they are using him to bring about their earthly desires while dismissing their duty as Christ’s disciples.
Many warned over and over in the early days of the primary that the media and Clinton campaign would keep tapes like the Billy Bush interview hidden until after the convention. Diehard Trump supporters berated anyone sounding the alarm and still are. Some of the more predominate mouthpieces, such as Sean Hannity, Laura Ingram, Mike Huckabee, and Ann Coulter, who claim to be Christian, are now proudly excusing his behavior because Bill Clinton did worse. The same position that Trump himself takes.
Others don’t think it matters because “we aren’t electing a pope.” No, we are not electing a pope. But we are electing the leader of our country that might actually need some morals and integrity to be an effective president. Otherwise, we might just end up with Clinton, or a Clinton with an R after his name. Being that Trump’s defense for his statements and actions is “Bill Clinton has said far worse to me on the golf course — not even close,” I don’t think we are going in the right direction. And why aren’t Trump’s fiercest supporters questioning why these two are such good golfing buddies?
Back in January, some Christian friends told my husband and me that God is not important in this election. These are two people who voted for Mike Huckabee in 2008 on the sole fact that he was a minister of the gospel. They now claim the economy and immigration are the key issues. They then justified their decision stating God can use whoever we put into office to fulfill His mission. True, however when God uses unGodly people he uses them to humble his people and cause them to turn back to God, not to make their life easier. This is made abundantly clear in Proverbs 29:2, “When the righteous increase, the people rejoice, but when the wicked rule the people groan.” In this case, we have been given two choices and both are unGodly. We, as a nation, will be humbled.
Omri and Ahab did more evil in the eyes of the Lord than any of those before them, and caused the nation to commit those same sins. God used Nebuchadnezzar, but not before exiling and enslaving the Jews. Jerusalem was burned and the temple was destroyed. The city and temple were rebuilt only to be lost again in 70AD. In both of these instances God gave ample warnings and time for His people to repent. They did not. God even used Hitler to bring Israel back as a country, but only after another long period of exile. In addition, millions, both Jews and Gentiles, were slaughtered before other countries returned the land to the Jewish people.
Throughout the Bible’s history when leadership is corrupted, sin crept its way in, and infected the people of Israel. If we accept leaders who govern in sinful ways, take bribes, or write laws that are counter to God, it becomes easy to accept these same things in our own lives. We begin to rationalize, we allow others in our lives to rationalize, and we accept that maybe sin is not really sin.
Voters decided this election that, “We’ve got it, God. We’ll fix this one on our own.” We, as a society, are now reaping what we have sown. During this Presidential election, we are not discussing issues and the best direction for our county. While Vladimir Putin plans for war with the United States, we are too busy pointing fingers at each other, claiming your nominee is more perverted and immoral than ours. We are in a battle of not who is the best candidate for the Presidency, but who is not the worst. In the end, America loses and Putin wins.
But that’s just my 2 cents.