As the “mulligans” for Trump’s past sexual indiscretions continue to pour out from Jerry Falwell, Jr., Robert Jeffress, Franklin Graham, and a host of others within the Fellowship of Pharisees, the damage being done to America’s Judeo-Christian values is quickly approaching the point of no return.
Content with preaching the gospel of cheap grace, these so-called shepherds of the evangelical flock have exchanged Truth for Trump as they settle for the crumbs falling from his table instead of feasting on the Bread of Life.
So, just how far has America fallen due to their Laodicean-like complacency? Perhaps we have the answer in the results of a recent poll conducted by The Deseret News in Utah, where respondents were asked about their views about honesty and the Ten Commandments.
One of the questions asked was whether respondents would vote for a presidential candidate they knew was a liar but who promoted policies they agree with. 55 percent of Republicans, 30% of Democrats, and 27% of Independents all stated they would give such a person their support. These results clearly show how a solid majority of people who belong to the party considered the home of evangelicals have no problem if their leader is a liar.
According to Monika McDermott, a political science professor at Fordham University, Trump is the person everyone is thinking about (in the survey), so responses would likely be different if a Democrat was in office. However, Tom Wood, an assistant professor of political science at Ohio State University, concluded that “even if (respondents) wouldn’t want (Trump) as a pastor … he seems to be a reliable servant to their political, ideological ambitions.” (emphasis mine)
When I consider how evangelicals continue to defend Trump and condone his behavior, I’m reminded of the words spoken by a man many considered a modern-day prophet, A.W. Tozer:
“Religion today is not transforming people: rather it is being transformed by the people. It is not raising the moral level of society; it is descending to society’s own level, and congratulating itself that it has scored a victory because society is smilingly accepting its surrender.”
Though Tozer passed away 55 years ago, his words still ring true, and they provide an accurate description of evangelicals in the age of Trump.
Originally posted on The Strident Conservative.
David Leach is the owner of The Strident Conservative. His daily radio commentary is nationally syndicated with Salem Radio Network and can be heard on stations across America.
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