Jerry Falwell Jr., the head of Liberty University and an ardent supporter of Donald Trump, said on Wednesday that the president does not need to come forward and apologize for his behavior with women. On CNN’s Out Front with Erin Burnett, Falwell said that he was fully aware of the president’s past when he decided to support him and that he did so because of, “his position on the issues.”
It is here where critical thinkers who are not weighed down by group think and blind party loyalty will take a closer look at the president’s position on the issues. Here are two from the past few days.
First, last week the president signed a $1.3 billion omnibus spending bill that was written under the cover of night and that no one had time to read. Remember when President Obama did that kind of thing? Conservatives were outraged. But if there’s one thing that the Trump presidency has shown us it’s that some conservatives don’t mind big government and reckless spending just as long as it’s their brand of big government and reckless spending. In a time when our national debt is at embarrassing levels, the president, rather than making the difficult decisions that leaders with principle make, simply took those debt levels to knew lows.
Next, included in that omnibus bill was a multi-million dollar, taxpayer-funded gift to none other than Planned Parenthood. Not too long ago conservatives were counting down the days until the end of Planned Parenthood thanks to the undercover videos exposing the organization’s sale of body parts from the babies they aborted. Now, many of those same conservatives are cheering on their president as he ensures the financial future of Planned Parenthood at the expense of the very people he claims to fight for.
So in review, there’s no need to worry about the president’s indiscretions. It’s his position on the issues that really matters. As the last week has shown us, Donald Trump’s position on the issues includes massive amounts of debt and funding the murder of the unborn, two staples of the Obama presidency. The new sheriff, as the saying goes, is a lot like the old sheriff. If only someone would have warned us that the man who spent his entire adult life doing anything he can to gain power, even if it meant stepping on the least of these, would end up stepping on the least of these to maintain power once elected president.
Jerry Falwell Jr. is wrong. The president’s behavior does matter because there is a common link from his personal life to his public life and it impacts all of us. That link is decision-making that is driven more by lust and greed than integrity. The man who sees nothing wrong with grabbing women whenever and however he wants to surely cannot be expected to govern with morality once he becomes the most powerful man on the planet.
In Matthew 14, John the Baptist was thrown into jail for confronting Herod’s sexually immoral behavior. He would eventually lose his head for his principled stand. Many of today’s evangelical leaders are much different. Rather than calling immorality what it is, he simply looks the other way while highlighting what he deems to be the strengths of the president. He wouldn’t want to lose his head now, would he? Oh, but something worse has happened in his shameless groveling before the president.
He has lost his soul.