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For the Love of God, Stop Covering for Trump's Adultery

I cringe to think how people who share my faith are going to subject Jesus to disgrace by the way they respond to this.

Lest anyone think the stomach-turning report about Donald Trump’s adultery with porn star Stormy Daniels – adultery that took place while his third (and current) wife Melania was pregnant with son Baron – was going away any time soon, think again.

According to Daniels’ manager, Gina Rodriguez, Trump lawyer Michael Cohen has violated the non-disclosure agreement that Daniels had signed during the 2016 presidential election to keep quiet. There’s little doubt that is an accurate assessment given that Cohen has talked openly to the Associated Press about payments made to the pornographic actress:

Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, believes that Trump’s personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, invalidated a non-disclosure agreement after two news stories were published Tuesday: one in which Cohen told The New York Times he made the six-figure payment with his personal funds, and another in the Daily Beast, which reported that Cohen was shopping a book proposal that would touch on Daniels’ story, said the manager, Gina Rodriguez.

And because of Cohen’s loose lips, Clifford is free to tell her sordid story. And it doesn’t take a genius to figure out that she will be able to make far more money from telling this story than anything she received from Cohen a few months back.

But while Clifford gets richer off of Trump’s philandering, I cringe to think how people who share my faith – people who are prominent and thus recognized as Christian leaders – are going to make us all poorer with their responses.

I wince thinking of the coming excuses that, “Well that was a long time ago, and he’s changed.” What, pray tell, in the president’s demeanor or speech suggests that he has?

I squirm at the likelihood that we will hear, “We’re all sinners and all of us are in need of forgiveness.” Of course that’s true; many men and women have committed the sin of lust and adultery, and have been eternally forgiven by an unimaginably loving God. But it’s also true that receiving forgiveness presupposes one has sought forgiveness – something that President Trump assured us he has never done. Remember that declaration was made years after this adultery took place.

I recoil at the probability that someone will make the unthinkable comparison: “Well even King David committed adultery and God still blessed him!” Please. King David was a man after God’s own heart. Read Psalm 51 – David’s repentant heart pouring out to the God he loved more than anything for those very sins that had caused so much destruction – and then try to use David’s name in the same sentence with a President who won’t even acknowledge or admit this affair.

Don’t misunderstand my frustration – it’s actually not with President Trump. None of these revelations surprise me at all. We all knew exactly who Trump was when he was running for the highest place of trust in American government. He is a worldly, ungodly man acting in worldly, ungodly ways.

My indignation is with my fellow Christians who continue their selective refusal to condemn this sleazy conduct due to political calculations. I say selective because this sudden explosion of magnanimous tolerance towards adultery certainly wasn’t present amongst these same voices in the 1990s when “character” mattered.

“But that’s the point!” they say. “We can’t weaken President Trump because he’s doing important work for Christians here in America.”

Please brethren, stop.

Our purpose on this earth is not to achieve legislative objectives. It is not to protect presidents or coddle kings in exchange for their favor. It is not to withhold the full counsel of God when we find it politically expedient to do so.

We are to bear witness to the truth, the whole truth, God’s truth, about the human condition. We are to rebuke sin wherever it manifests, whether in solitude or on the national news. We are to exhort others to righteousness, whether they are paupers or princes. We are often tempted to ignore that singular purpose, particularly when it costs us treasure and comfort here on earth. But we weren’t to be building those things up here anyway, were we?

President Trump’s moral improprieties are wholly inappropriate and shocking to a godly conscience. He needs to be broken, he needs repentance. He needs Jesus. Christians who vainly shroud this reality do extraordinary damage to their witness, and do the lost man in the Oval Office no eternal favors either.

In today's New Yorker, Ronan Farrow reports on former Playmate Karen McDougal's $150,000 Non-Disclosure payment (also paid right before 2016 election) for an affair with eerie similarities to Stormy Daniels' story.

I got the sense of what kind of a Christian Trump was when he made one of his “I'm the greatest” claims. This was when he said “No one reads the Bible more than me” (http://bit.ly/2ocESIP). Well, we can all brag a bit. Or a lot. Or, if one is Donald Trump, in great big huge steaming chunks.

However, being mindful of John 8:7, I can't know what's in Trump's heart. But I'm reasonably certain no Christian should be quite so prideful about his works. Then there's what he said about asking forgiveness for his sins. Trump said “Why do I have to repent or ask for forgiveness, if I am not making mistakes?" (http://bit.ly/2odG6DJ).

Why indeed? Trump is Trump. My concern with his religiosity is that it could turn on a dime when it suits his ego. That Trump has no real core when it comes to our Christian faith.

We should accept him for what he is and not expect anything else. This doesn't excuse him or celebrate his “authenticity.” It's realism. In the meantime, when good things are done, let's give thanks to God, and pray that Trump continues to do those things.

When the inevitable not-so-good things are done (or good things are left undone), let's also pray to God that He grant Trump the wisdom to change.

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So she went to bed with a married man who she acknowedged she didn't like and didn't want to be paid for doing so (sentence structure intentional). So my question is: Why in the world would anyone with any values or common sense even begin kissing a man she obviously dosen't care for, much less go on to have sex with him. Why would you stick around if there wasn't some pay-back? If not then, is it possibly down the line?

Well, ekay, Mr. Trump said himself, "When you're a star, they let you." The ones who didn't "let" him, and who later went public, were mostly of a different ilk than the porn star and Playboy playmate who were paid off. I think those two were okay with being the on-call blow-up dolls of a fabulously wealthy guy who flew them to all manner of exciting events and introduced them to Hollywood folks and even his adult children (!) As for their values and common sense, sadly, there have always been young women lost in the flesh industry, where self-esteem is not a marketable asset.

Mr. Heck, I appreciate your integrity. It gives me hope. In my darkest hours, I ruminate on how Evangelical Christians have lost a generation to the message of Christ by selling their souls (cheap) for a hiccup of worldly "power."

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There's no grain of credulity. Many women have accused Trump of sexual assault. It's just a matter of time before those stories are fleshed out.

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Peter has repeatedly said that he prays for this man. But why shouldn't he continue to "state the obvious?" Anyone who voted to put Trump into office should stare down the obvious truth every single day. And then, repent and amend the behavior.

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He stated (more than once), that if Jenner comes to Mara Lago, she should use whatever bathroom makes sense to her. Why make things up to support Trump? It only hinders the Christian witness you say you care about. #SAD

Did you support HRC, a lifelong Christian who went to the Christian prayer breakfast daily when she was First Lady, when she fought to work her differences out with a philandering spouse? Or do you only save our charity for people who claim to be Republican?

So shocking. I suspect there are enough infidelities to last an Oval Office lifetime.

“He that has no sin, let him cast the first stone( although there are many stones already thrown).” And may Trump fully digest and follow Jesus’ admonition: I

don’t condemn you either; go your way and sin no more. Wouldn’t that be great?

It is not a sin to cast a vote for anyone for president. The vote was not for a man or woman without sin, if that was the choice no Christians would vote. I voted for Trump because he was the best choice for pro life. I voted to protect the blood of the innocent. Those of you who are hung up on sexual indiscretions should look at the much bigger picture. The blood of the innocent is not on my hands. Some of you are puritans thinking we life in a Puritan society. It is not. I bear no sin for voting Trump. Those who voted for Hillary my want visit the alter. I voted for LIFE.

You said: Did you support HRC, a lifelong Christian who went to the Christian prayer breakfast daily when she was First Lady, when she fought to work her differences out with a philandering spouse? Or do you only save our charity for people who claim to be Republican? The FBI had Hillary on Whitewater, but Ken Starr wouldn't indict her because she was First Lady. The retired FBI agent on that case and the Foster investigation said she treated everyone like dirt beneath her feet. The agent, a legend in law enforcement, shuddered to think of her as President, and went public with the facts, and he is a liberal Democrat. Her treatment of women victimized by her husband should be enough to disqualify her unless you only save your charity for people who claim to be a Democrat.

"I voted for Trump because he was the best choice for pro life."

And yet Planned Parenthood is still being funded. Almost as if it makes no difference who is president.

I don't know of any conservative trying to "cover for Trump's adultery". That kind of misleading hyperbole sounds a lot like Leftist propaganda strategy. I never liked Trump's lifestyle and when I look back at it I still find it pretty disgusting. I also am the kind of Christian who believes in forgiveness, and I also believe that people often reinvent themselves throughout their lifetimes. I just had this conversation yesterday., When I had to choose between voting for a man I did not respect and a woman repeatedly proved to be willing to put the nation and its citizens at risk in pursuit of wealth and power, I wasn''t "covering" for Trump when I voted for him. And when I made the decision to sit back and see if he had made a decision to be a different kind of man in the White House, I wasn't "covering" for him. I gave him the benefit of the doubt not because I wanted to "cover" for him but because I didn't see any alternative. I am looking at the man I see, in the White House, at this time, in this place, and I like what I see the president doing in his execution of his job. On the other hand, I not only have no respect for people trying to undermine him by obsessing on things he did before he became president, I find it despicable. What could it possibly accomplish other than give the Left support in its efforts to hinder conservative governance? Name a single positive thing to be gained by conservatives in joining this anti-Trump smear campaign. I can't think of a single benefit to the efforts to move this country back to being governed according to conservative principles, or to the benefit of the country in general, by focusing on things he did before his run for the presidency. I see it as virtue signaling from alleged conservatives who refuse to give up wallowing in Trump Hatred. As far as Planned Parenthood still being funded, I for one was happy to see a legislate-from-the-Oval-Office president hit the bricks, and am not going to carp at his replacement because he won't do the same thing. Funding or not funding Planned Parenthood is function of Congress, not the president.

Exactly.

How many unborn babies' lives has Trump saved? Are there any fewer unborn children being slaughtered in Planned Parenthood clinics across this nation now, because of your vote? Please ponder this. If you want to do something truly effective in saving unborn children's lives, please consider supporting your local crisis pregnancy centers. They do have a proven record of saving unborn children's lives.

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