Recently, I read a very insightful article by DC McAllister, a conservative writer at The Federalist and at PJ Media, that I think all conservatives should read. She writes about how the GOP establishment, Democrats, and the media are all hypocrites for attacking Trump on his recent comments. She then makes the case that although Trump isn’t very conservative and certainly isn’t an example of a good Christian, that’s precisely why he can be used by conservatives as a weapon to expose the hypocrisy of the groups I mentioned above.
I know many here might disagree with her conclusions, as I do, but they are well thought out and articulately made. In fact I agree with most of her points, and just because we’ve come to different conclusions on such political matters, it doesn’t take away from her thoughtful analysis and the truth she writes about the culture and society at large. After all, a good article should make us think, and this one clearly does. That being said, the following are my thoughts on it.
1).It’s true that much of our society has become godless and immoral, and for the large swaths of our society for which this applies, it’s hypocritical of them to criticize Trump for his past words and actions, no matter how bad they were, because many of them have engaged in such behaviors themselves, or at least have failed to speak up when people they like or agree with engage in them. Furthermore, without God, where does the source of one’s moral judgments come from? They come from what you’ve learned from other people, and since we’ve all learned from different people and sources, that makes their judgments lacking in any consistency because they have no moral foundation to rest on.
2)Democrats, liberals, and the media in particular are total hypocrites on this since they defended Bill Clinton in the 90s for doing everything Trump has done and more. So, as DC points out, they have no moral high ground to stand on because they practice moral relativism, and in this case, their morals are completely relative to their politics. This is also true of GOP politicians, strategists, and especially donors, who mock the religious right in secret and are now pretending to be offended by Trump’s words, even though if he wasn’t running for president they would’ve been laughing about them (not all, but many).
3)Not all of our country is lost. There are still many Christians who follow Jesus’ teachings, and even though they’re in the minority, those people have every right to criticize Trump, and anyone else who seeks public office and crosses certain lines of morality and basic decency. Though it’s true that much of our society has become secular and immoral, it doesn’t mean that the rest of us who still believe in absolute truths should throw our hands in the air and say character and morals no longer matter in our presidential candidates.
One argument I’ve heard quite often from Trump supporters is that it’s ok for a candidate to be completely amoral as long as he fights for the values and principles we believe in and goes after the left and the media. This is basically their way of saying “if you can’t beat em, join em”, whether they realize it or not. We’re all sinners, but we should hold all politicians to a high standard of behavior because we should want them to represent the best of us, not the worst of us.
Also, conservatives can walk and chew gum at the same time. We can call out Trump for his immoral behavior but also call out liberals and the media for being hypocritical in their attacks on him. If we don’t call out Trump because we wanna use him to beat the left and the GOPe at their own game, then we’ve sunk to their level, and there’s no difference between us and the progressives we claim to be against. We’d be using the same “end justifies the means” approach to both politics and morality that the left has always used. Christians, both those of us engaged in politics and those who aren’t, are supposed to be better than this, and we must be. We can’t prioritize winning political battles over winning spiritual battles because just by doing so we automatically lose the spiritual battle, and are likely to lose the political battle as well. But even if we won that battle, it’s not worth it if it costs us our souls.
4)Christians who went all out in their efforts to impeach Bill Clinton in the 90s for his immoral behavior are now defending Trump for the same kind of behavior and mistreatment of women. They’re being very hypocritical, and they should be called out just as much as the secular/liberal people DC rightly calls out for being hypocritical with Trump.
The bottom line for me is this: There is consistent hypocrisy when it comes to morality and our politicians on both sides of the political aisle. Christians, particularly Evangelicals (but many Catholics too) pretend to care about morals, except when it benefits them not to, then they no longer matter (I expanded on this point further in this series of tweets). Liberals, on the other hand, usually don’t pretend to care about morals because they typically don’t value them, until it benefits them to start pretending to care, which they subsequently do, as is the case with them and Trump. But they were playing this game long before Trump arrived on the scene. That’s what the entire SJW movement on college campuses is all about.
That leaves a small remnant of people in this country who do truly care about living out their faith and morals, and who expect the political candidates asking for their support to meet a baseline threshold of morality in order to win their vote. It is this group of people who must put aside their political differences after this election is over and focus on fighting for the principles and values we share and hold dear. The future of our country depends on it.