Posted by: maboulette | November 7, 2016

What Has Been learned about the Evangelicals from the 2016 election


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Back in 1998, President William Jefferson Clinton was in the middle of a scandal ending with House of Representative impeaching him but the Senate did not convict.  I thought it would never stop – scandals all over everything.  But except for lying about an affair under oath – the Clintons were never convicted of anything.  Investigation after investigation, nothing was found illegal on either Clinton.  

I have read almost every book written about these scandals and except for one lie under oath by Bill, the Clintons were never found guilty of anything.  ANYTHING!  Yet, every night when I listen to podcast of Alan Colmes radio show, all that is heard about from his callers is how crooked Hillary is – “going back to Whitewater” ; you know she killed Vince Foster and that is all just BS.  She has never been found guilty of anything. And the money that has been wasted on these investigations by Congress is enough to be a large fortune that would make every family in a mid-size city rich for years.  But instead it is wasted on all these investigations. 

There are some members of Congress that have done nothing but investigate the Clintons – they have not written a Bill or to get it through the votes need to pass.  No, these people have held hearings on the Clintons for years – email server, Clinton Foundation and it goes on and on.

Back in 1998, James Dobson (leader of Focus on the Family, an Evangelical “values voters” political group) wrote a letter stating his position on the scandal. I will quote some of that letter now:

What has alarmed me throughout this episode has been the willingness of my fellow citizens to rationalize the President’s behavior even after they suspected, and later knew, that he was lying. Because the economy is strong, millions of people have said infidelity in the Oval Office is just a private affair–something between himself and Hillary. We heard it time and again during those months: “As long as Mr. Clinton is doing a good job, it’s nobody’s business what he does with his personal life.”

He then went on to preach that character DOES matter, and that the private life of a President matters, and that the moral character of a President in his private life is very important: 

As it turns out, character DOES matter. You can’t run a family, let alone a country, without it. How foolish to believe that a person who lacks honesty and moral integrity is qualified to lead a nation and the world! Nevertheless, our people continue to say that the President is doing a good job even if they don’t respect him personally. Those two positions are fundamentally incompatible. In the Book of James the question is posed, “Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring” (James 3:11 NIV). The answer is no.

Now skip forward to 2016, when the very same James Dobson has this to say about Donald Trump:

It’s a cliche but true: We are electing a commander-in-chief, not a theologian-in-chief. 

Oh, how the pious have fallen. How easy it was to justify condemnation of Clinton, a man he wanted to condemn anyway! How awkward to have to find a way to justify a man he wanted to support because he’d decided to take his bribe!

This is a good summary of the majority of the politically motivated evangelical characters these days. A  few have stuck to their values and refused to endorse Trump – a man who does not come close to possession the values you would think evangelicals would look for in a moral, Christian leader – but the majority are so quick to forgive and endorse.  The reason is just as appalling: these “Christian leaders” do not actually seem to care what politicians are.  They care only what they DO.   To make it short – as long as Trump opposes abortion and gays, he can grope all the women he wants.

Surprised?  I actually was!  But I guess we shouldn’t be surprise about anyone.  Political evangelicals support Republicans, only because the Republican platform says the things that they want.

So if the platform did not have those things, evangelicals would not endorse.  And, of course, wouldn’t think of voting for Hillary Clinton who is the most qualified presidential candidate this country has ever produced.

By endorsing Trump the political wing of the evangelical movement has shown that the thing it loves first and foremost is the gathering of political power, and that it will ally with anyone who will make the promise to them of power.  It has exposed its secret idol for the rest of the world to see.

The idol they worship is not God but power.  They lust after it, hunger for it, hoard it and are angry when they do not have it.   They envy those who do, and are proud of what power they have accumulated so far.

But…at least we know for sure what these people really are now and in my case, trust every little of what they say.  I know that in my case they worship a Christ that I don’t know.  The Christ I follow is entirely different – I follow a God of love and peace.  The power belongs to Him.

 

 

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