1 year ago
There is an interesting comment left at PJM:
Matt Walsh is one of the best Christian bloggers out there. This is what he wrote on facebook today commenting on the election. Strong words, but they should be heard.
Trump won South Carolina, a supposedly conservative Christian state, by a wide margin tonight.
A few quick reactions:
– Don’t rationalize this. He didn’t win because of Democrats. The man won Evangelicals. The man who — JUST THIS WEEK — praised Planned Parenthood, and who fishes for applause lines by cussing out his competitors and mocking disabled people, and who can’t name a book in the Bible, and who said he doesn’t need forgiveness from God, and who brags about sleeping with married women, and who said he’d love to date his own daughter because she has a hot body, and who supported the murder of fully developed infant children, and who blatantly lies and then lies again about lying, and who has encapsulated literally the exact opposite of anything that could remotely be considered a “Christian value,” won with the indispensable assistance of Christians. The anger I feel towards those Christians in this moment cannot be put into words. They should be ashamed. I will pray for them.
– Speaking of winning conservatives, Trump — JUST THIS WEEK — said he likes the Obamacare mandate. This was, according to conservatives, the most important thing to defeat not but two years ago. Now some of those same conservatives are voting for a big government liberal who says he supports the very thing these very people were sure would undo the Republic just a few months ago.
– If Trump wins the nomination, conservatism in this country is officially dead, and the country itself will be close behind it.
– Speaking of the country’s demise, Trump fans are gleefully ushering in tyranny. I am tired of hearing about their “anger.” They claim they are angry at the very thing they now embrace. They aren’t angry. They’re bored. They’re immature. They’re infatuated with celebrity and fame and money.
I am not a Jeb Bush supporter (this comment was left on an article having to do with Bush). I have openly supported Ted Cruz, but that doesn’t matter now. It appears that no one can win the nomination except Donald Trump. Christians have had a lot to do with his success.
My oldest son Josh works with someone who told him when asked why he was voting for Trump, “we need money and Trump knows how to get it!” So much for the Southerners aren’t dumb hicks like you think they are meme. This was why it was one time required that you be a head of household and land owner to vote. Trump won South Carolina partly because of dumb people.
But the commenter is right. The biggest part of Trump’s success in the S.C. primary had to do with winning the evangelical vote. I have to hand it to Trump. He knows how to perform a magic show. It’s like the magician who shouts “Look here, Obamacare is a disaster …,” noise and flashing lights, and in the other hand he is hiding what he doesn’t want you to see, that he wants a single payer health care system just like Obama. “Look here, A WALL, and it’s going to be big and beautiful and we’re going to get Mexico to pay for it …,” the people go wild, flashing lights, and in the other hand he holds the truth, that wall has a gigantic door through which they can all pass back in. “I’ll tear down the system …” flashing lights, and in the other hand he holds the truth, he wants to meet with these people in the oval office and make deals.
Oh, on that last one, it isn’t hidden. He said so. Well, to be honest, he said so about the other two as well. But the idiots didn’t see it for the flashing lights, or they didn’t want to see it because they are members of a religious cult. But on the biggest one, “Look here, I think abortion is horrible …,” flashing lights, but I’m pro-choice and Planned Parenthood has good people and does good things.
It’s on this last one that the commenter has fixated, and for good reason. I recall a time when we preached about abortion, and my family picketed the only abortion clinic in our city, and when Christians cared. Trump has said that Planned Parenthood has good people and does good things. Listen to me carefully. Everyone working for Planned Parenthood is evil (or at a minimum, very naïve and deluded), the organization is evil, and it does not do good things. Moreover, if you give money to any part of it, it’s just like giving money to the United Way. You designate your giving, and they say “thank you very much,” and readjust and reallocate their dollars so that it all works out the way they wanted it to with the general funds anyway.
Planned Parenthood is a child of Margaret Sanger, a well-known eugenicist, and ideological follower of Adolf Hitler. She was evil and now suffers in hell with Hitler (the only happy part of this sad story). Christians who support Trump are supporting a man who unashamedly says that these people are good and do good things, and has given his money so that they can pimp eugenics.
But I don’t care about Trump. This is the important part. After hearing all of that, Christians still voted for him. After searching my memory, my heart and my mind, I can come up with nothing more than the Christian church in America has lost its soul. It one time cared about doctrine, theology, and good teaching. At one time in history, theology and philosophy were heard from the pulpit (in the North it would have been from W.G.T. Shedd and Charles Hodge, in the South from James Henley Thornwell and R.L. Dabney). At one time in history, the church wasn’t anemic. But those times have long gone. The Christian church in America may as well not exist.
I feel sorry for this loss – the loss of our scruples and values. And before it is responded that Trump says he’s a Christian, and said of the Pope that it is disgraceful for a spiritual leader to question a person’s faith, or asks the question can someone’s behavior discredit a profession of faith?, I have some very direct words for you.
I am not a Roman Catholic and don’t believe in the so-called “Chair of Peter.” No man is my intercessor except the God-man, Christ Jesus. So I won’t waste my time addressing anything about the papacy. Who can judge another man’s faith? We can. We all can. We make functional judgments all day, every day. If you are a Christian, you and your daughter decide whether the man she wants to marry is a Christian because of Paul’s command that husband and wife not be unequally yoked. As for the words of Christ, you have heard them before: “You will know them by their fruits. Grapes are not gathered from thorn bushes nor figs from thistles, are they? (Matt 7:16, NASB). So far from being forbidden from making judgments, we are commanded to judge. Otherwise, how would be prevent ourselves from being “unequally yoked” (and please, before you cite Matt 7:1, go do some homework and read a dozen or so commentaries so that you understand what you are talking about, and include in your analysis a consideration of John 7:24)).
Works are not necessary for salvation. But in the order of salvation (ordo salutis), there is still the perseverance of the saints. We won’t be perfect until we are with Him, we will be in constant need of refreshing and repentance, setting our gaze upon the one who perfected our salvation. But we who are Christians are being changed more and more to be like Christ. Works aren’t the cause, but are the evidence of our salvation.
And finally note that I included forgiveness in the list above. I attended seminary. But the things I am saying are basic, child like stuff, the work of children’s Sunday School teachers. If you are a Christian, you know what I’m saying is true. And if Donald Trump is speaking the truth, he is not a Christian, and yes, I can indeed make that judgment.
“I am not sure that I have” ever asked God for forgiveness, telling the 2015 Iowa Family Leadership Summit that “I just go on and try to do a better job from there.
“I don’t think so,” Trump, who is Presbyterian, said in response to the question from pollster and summit host Frank Luntz. Trump was among 10 Republican presidential candidates at the daylong event in Ames, Iowa.
“If I do something wrong, I think I just try to make it right,” Trump said. “I don’t bring God into that picture. I don’t.
Doing a better job of anything doesn’t cut it. Our works are as filthy rags, adding only to our judgment on that last day. Salvation is by grace, through faith, lest any man should boast. Either Trump is telling the truth, in which he has never sought forgiveness and is trying to work his way to heaven and therefore is not a Christian, or he is lying, for what reason I don’t know, and to what benefit I cannot fathom.
And yet the saddest part of all of this is still that the American church is officially dead. I confess that I hadn’t seen this much change in the last two or three decades. Perhaps I wasn’t watching carefully enough. It was stealthy enough that I missed the death entirely.