The Right Thing the Wrong Way

Brett Kavanaugh has been confirmed as a justice on the Supreme Court. Congratulations to him and his family. I pray he will be a fair and just judge. It seems all the rationalization and hermeneutical gymnastics used by evangelicals to vote for Donald Trump and ignore all his characters flaws has worked. I guess the end does justify the means. Congratulations! You won! But you have paid a steep, steep price.

Almost anytime I have written a criticism about 81% of evangelicals voting for Pres. Trump, his supporters being up biblical examples of God using immoral kings to do his will. Their favorite person to bring up is King David. It’s a flawed comparison. A few months back a person commented on one of my posts, using King David as the divine example. Below was my reply to him: 

“Thank you for your comment. Sorry for such a long delay in approving and responding. It has been a crazy summer for me, and, to be honest, I saw your post a few weeks ago and meant to respond, but forgot. The reality that the evangelical witness has been damaged because of their support of Trump is not a claim of mine. It is a simple fact. History will record that the death of evangelicalism in the United Stated died in November of 2016. I could cite you articles and research, but I think it would be most beneficial for you to do your own research on the topic.

Drawing comparisons between King David and Pres. Trump is illogical on several fronts. First, we do not live in either a theocracy nor a monarchy. We live in a representative republic. In other words, we get to vote and choose our leader. Furthermore, God makes it clear that He did not want the Israelites to have a king because He was to be their King. And, for the most part, the kings of Israel were dismal failures. Largely because of their immorality. The nation suffered greatly because of these weak, narcissistic, immoral leaders. Furthermore, David was not an adulterer nor a murderer when God appointed him king. He became those things because power corrupts; absolute power corrupts absolutely. Again, the nation of Israel suffered, as well as David’s own family, because of his failures. Still, David was confronted by the prophet of God. David repented. Psalm 51 is one of my favorite psalms. So, over the totality of His life, it was written that David was a “man after God’s own heart.”

As for Trump. He was not appointed by God. He was placed in office by evangelicals who compromised their values and sold their souls for a cup of soup. Trump was an adulterer and a cheat and a liar before he was elected president. And, instead of being confronted by today’s evangelical pastors, he is applauded and supported. Trump has never repented and has said he has never needed to repent. I don’t think anyone will ever say that he is a man after God’s own heart. Maybe a better Old Testament example for Trump would be Nebuchadnezzar.

I agree with you that when we vote for a president we are not voting for a prophet or a priest or a pastor. But neither are we voting for a sexual predator.”

Now that Pres. Trump has kept his promise to deliver the Supreme Court to conservatives so Roe v. Wade can be challenged, many evangelicals are boasting about their support of Pres. Trump. Thus, since they like to compare Trump to biblical kings, let me compare this latest episode to another, key, biblical figure, Abraham.

If you remember, God promised Abraham and Sarah a child. However, they remained childless for years and years. After decades of not being able to conceive, they convinced themselves that God’s will was for them to have a child through one of their slaves. So, Abraham raped Hagar and conceived and had a child, Ishmael. However, this was not God’s plan. Abraham and Sarah were guilty of doing the right thing the wrong way. This one act, tore their family apart and resulted in conflict between two groups of people that continue till today. Eventually, Abraham and Sarah conceived and had a child of their own, Isaac. But the ripple affects of their decision to do God’s will under their own devices, has affected all of us. God still blessed them, and Ishamel, but it was a steep price to pay.

Likewise the decision by the evangelicals to get in bed with Trump in order to get their way on the Supreme Court. They are guilty of doing the right thing the wrong way and it will have negative, painful consequences for decades to come. It is never the right thing to do the right thing the wrong way. God is sovereign. He is in control. He will act when He decides to act. We, the evangelical church, have already paid, and will continue to pay, a steep price for our unwavering support of an amoral leader.

It is time we repent!

May God help us.

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About Pastor Kevin

I am a husband, father, pastor, teacher, scuba diver, reader, bike rider...in that order.
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