In a commentary transcript, columnist Cal Thomas compared the rise of Donald Trump with the rise of the Anti-Christ.
The consideration of such is always good discernment on the part of an Evangelical public intellectual when a political figure begins to accumulate a devoted following.
However, out of curiosity, did this commentator make an as bold a statement regarding President Obama?
After all, there was a point when church worship bands and elementary school choruses alike were singing songs of praise in homage of the forty-fourth president.
Thomas observed that at one time a divorced man could not expect to be elected President but that Evangelicals are now comfortable with a candidate that has been married three times and can barely quote a single Bible verse.
But didn’t Thomas himself help get this kind of ball rolling when he co-authored “Blinded By Might”?
In that work, Thomas advocated the thesis that Christians shouldn’t really get that involved in politics.
Instead, believers ought to recognize a distinction between an individual’s personal sense of piety and their ability to govern effectively.
Interesting how such a directive is rescinded as soon as average Christians are considering a candidate that does not spew the social justice platitudes infiltrating religious circles to an ever increasing degree.
By Frederick Meekins