Jerry Falwell Jr. Is Wrong About Donald Trump

John the Baptist lost his head. Today's evangelical leaders are losing something much worse.

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.

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MistyBat
MistyBat

Where, either before or after he signed the omnibus, did the President say one word of protest against Planned Parenthood's full funding in the bill? He kvetched plenty about the measly amount he got for his border wall. Face it, he cares as much about pro-life as a President Ivanka would.

Oregun
Oregun

Jerry is simply wrong as there is no evidence of change, rather a daily spewing of new lies to cover up the old ones. It is the same wishful thinking of the defenders of slick Willy. Once you have been conned it is natural to lie to defend the con mans lies. Never ends well, bad fruit.

Reaganite
Reaganite

If we call ourselves Christians, we should not be publicly announcing that a brother or sister in Christ has lost their soul. You don't know...you can't know that to be true. Scripture calls for us to go to them in private if they have sinned. Such matters are between them and God in the final analysis. And...you are not God.

curtmilr
curtmilr

King David said, "Against Thee only have I sinned" after committing adultery with Bathsheba and having her husband, Uriah, killed in battle. Those would seem to be damnable sins, right? Yet David was honored to be the genealogical forbear of the humanity of Jesus, because he earnestly repented of his sins.

There is no command for PUBLIC acts of repentance and self degradation. Prayer is to be done privately, between you and the Lord. Not public posing like the Pharisees!

Falwell Jr. is not a Pastor, but a lawyer and corporate President.

Voting for, or generally supporting, POTUS Trump has no bearing on the spiritual status of that supporter. Political office is not a pastoral position. To say such support is supporting sinning is itself a sinful lie.

To promote further sinful actions by anyone is also a sin, but Falwell Jr. is not doing so to my knowledge. Those calling others to stand as judges of a third person are again chain sinning. "Let he who is without sin cast the first stone!"

"Now, go, and sin no more in this way."

napleslover
napleslover

Trump the president is no different than Trump the reality show host or Trump the business man. His lack of character, morals and principles has not changed. It's one thing to vote for Trump in 2016 (I didn't). But it's another to still support him after all his dirty laundry is hung out to dry and his policy positions mirror those of Hillary's. Jerry Falwell Jr. has lost all credibility. His father would be embarrassed by his son's behavior. Falwell Jr. has become a Trumpbot (follow your leader without question).