AL election shows how evangelicals are destroying conservatism in USA

The AL election shows how the mediocrity and moral relativism of today's evangelical is destroying conservatism in USA

After months of attacks from those on the liberal left and Mitch McConnell—sorry for being redundant—Roy Moore lost yesterday's special election in Alabama to fill the seat vacated by Jeff Sessions and temporarily filled by Luther Strange. While this is an obvious blow to the GOP, Moore's defeat is an even bigger blow to conservatism in America.

And so-called evangelicals are to blame.

I was an early supporter of Moore before the now-infamous allegations of sexual misconduct were leveled against the former chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court—allegations he has repeatedly denied. And while I never withdrew my endorsement, I became extremely troubled and disheartened over the damage the election was exacting on conservatism.

First, there was the rush to convict Moore by some of the conservative voices I used to respect, such as David French and Ben Shapiro. Conversely, there was the Trump chorus line of former conservatives who took turns defending Moore, regardless of guilt, such as Laura Ingraham and Sean Hannity.

Ingraham went so far as to defend Al Franken's molestation of women in order to justify her defense of Moore, while Hannity defended Moore’s actions by calling his alleged sexual misconduct with teenage girls “consensual” and thus, legal.

Most troubling, however, is how so-called evangelicals defended voting for Moore over Doug Jones as a “lesser of two evils” decision, even if Moore was guilty of the accusations of sexual assault.

For example, just as they did when defending Donald Trump’s documented admission of sexual assault on women, mega-church pastor Robert Jeffress and Liberty University President Jerry Falwell, Jr. defended voting for Moore regardless of his guilt or innocence. Unfortunately, the "tickle my ears" Christians (2 Timothy 4:3-4) that fill many of today’s churches have embraced the lie that character doesn’t matter because, as Falwell once said, we aren’t voting for a pastor.

And after all, God clearly favors immoral Republicans over immoral Democrats, right?

I’m often told that my position on conservatism is setting the bar too high for todays politicians, making it impossible for them to clear it. My reply to this contention is that setting the bar too low is how we ended up with Donald Trump. In other words, the conservative bar is high because it has to be.

I’m not saying Moore is innocent or guilty. In the end, only he, his accusers, and God know who’s telling the truth. But when elections routinely become a choice between bad and badder, and when Christians willingly put aside character and conscience under the misguided belief that a little evil in order to accomplish a greater good is somehow pleasing to God, there will be more outcomes like the one we witnessed in Alabama yesterday.

Thanks to the mediocrity and moral relativism of today's Christian, the end of conservatism in America, not to mention the Republic itself, has officially arrived.

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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MarkBerwind - You completely miss the point. Moore's innocence or guilt isn't the issue. The issue is how evangelicals have compromised themselves by defending immorality if the immoral person is a Republican.
In a way, you have confirmed this fact. You're right when you say that politics is dirty and that it needs to be dealt with. The problem is that evangelicals aren't dealing with it. They are accepting it and even defending it when it serves a so-called "greater good."
Of all people, Christians should be demanding moral and uprightness in their leaders. That's not the case anymore.


So, what do you want to do about those "So-Called Evangelicals" excommunicate them from making their decisions? I'm not in that group, but those you blame are not the problem like you claim. And those in the Fox media who defended Moore didn't convict a man without proof of a crime. This idea of gossip being a good tool to convict a person isn't very sound. I just think some people should get off their holier than thou and accept that man is flawed, and that they have to make decisions based on the world around them, and win races with the best they have to choose from. If I'm now an apostate, thanks in advance. I'll take up my apostasy with God. I trust in him, just like you. I didn't invent the world of dirty politics, but I see it in every race. We'd better get used to it and deal with it before it makes all of us apostates for being stupid enough to fall for dirty tricks. Quit blaming the evangelicals!


Exactly right, Swan!


Evangelicals are missing a major factor in the equation when they calculate that choosing the lesser of two evils will protect them and society from a worse evil: THE FEAR OF GOD, which is to hate evil (Prov. 8:13) - not side with it, not 'hold your nose and vote for it,' not embrace it because it promises you protection. God promises protection to those who fear Him (Psalm 34:7).

When you start fearing man more than you fear God, you are in dangerous territory. "The fear of man brings a snare, But he who trusts in the LORD will be exalted" (Prov. 29:25) - the same Lord who can turn the heart of any king, Democrat Senator, Democrat president, any way He wishes (Prov. 21:1). Too many evangelicals fear Democrat politicians more than they fear God. They should be afraid of God's judgment on them for not fearing Him.

This article is right. Evangelicals who side with evil are responsible for Roy Moore - because they don't fear God.

Siding with evil to prevent a worse evil is still siding with evil. What you embrace comes to define you - your testimony and reputation will be tainted by it - and the lost world will no longer view your Christianity as credible.

What's the cure for this problem? Evangelicals need to repent, pray for politicians who frighten them and trust God to move in their hearts, then start reading the book of PROVERBS daily and applying it to politics.


We are all evil, in that we have evil in us and sin. However, there is a difference between being a sinner and being evil to the level of disqualification for the support of a Christian.