With Trump, some Evangelicals have become Cersei Lannister

“There are numerous cases of societies in which the armies of the night have ridden triumphantly over minorities in order to establish a powerful orthodoxy which dictates official thought. Invariably, the triumphant ride is toward long-range disaster.”

Isaac Asimov

Have Evangelicals sold their souls to vote for Trump? I really hope not. Ed Stetzer, writing his blog The Exchange hopes not too. He writes,

Five years ago, white Evangelical Protestants were the most heavily Republican voting bloc in the country, and also the group most concerned about the private morality of public officials. Only 30 percent of them believed that “an elected official can behave ethically even if they have committed transgressions in their personal life.” A recent article in New York Magazine headlined with “Religious Right Now Judgement-Free, Thanks to Donald Trump.” In it, the author states:

But Donald Trump has changed all that. Today, white evangelical Protestants are the least moralistic cohort of voters.

He goes on to cite a PRRI/Brookings survey, which affirmed that 72% of white evangelical Protestants “now believe elected officials can behave ethically even if they have committed transgressions in their personal lives.”

It doesn’t take much reflection to see the writing on the wall if we are to believe this survey: some people are now OK with wrong as long as they get the guy on the right.

The litany of Trump moral transgressions is so long it’s appalling. Sure, a leftist like me can just spot this moral failure or that sin because it’s convenient. But let’s just think about some things that Bible-believing Christians hold dear.

Sex outside of marriage? He moved on her like a bitch, grabbed them by the p###y and is accused of assaulting at least ten women & raping a teen girl.

Turn the other cheek? No. he hits back harder.

Don’t cast the first stone? Always casts the first stone.

Love thy neighbor? If they’re Muslim, Mexican, a woman or well over half the population, you can forget about it.

Where is this Christian nation I hear so much about from the Christian right? I know it’s around me with lots of good people. At heart, I think most people are good and my heart says most of us are good most of the time. But I can’t twist my mind to understand how a person can claim to be a Bible-believing Christian and vote for Trump AND say they’re a principled Christian who holds some tenets higher than others. But it’s not.

It’s about a group whose identity is being warped by power and its potential loss. As the nation’s demographics, beliefs and practices change, the old guard have become the derriere garde, fighting a backward-facing war.  The warp is exposing obviously situational ethics with no principled moral clarity. They are doing what they say they hate most, waffling on moral issues because they fear losing their position to “others.” They have fallen into the Cersei Lannister ethic: “Power is power.”
What happened to grace? Perhaps it will come to save them later. They will need it as they stampede toward a long-range disaster.
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