Not a laughing matter

Jerry Falwell

Did you hear the joke about the two Corinthians who walked into a bar? No? Oh well, it’s not very funny anyhow, and neither is anything else about this Presidential election season. As a matter of fact, it is sad, especially when you consider those whom you respected that have jumped on the Trump Train.

The list is long, including people I know personally who hated and worked against Trump in the primaries, as well as fellow church members who don’t have a problem voting for the most immoral candidate the Republican Party has ever had. And then there are the politicians; like Jeff Sessions, Rudy, Christie, and Reince Milquetoast. And media personalities like Rush, Anne orexia, Hugh Hewitt (Hugh, don’t you remember how out of the blue Trump insulted you during the CNN debate), Greta, O’Reilly and Eric Bolling. And professing Christians like Ben Carson and Huckabee. And Christian leaders like James Dobson, Ralph Reed, Robert Jeffress and Wayne Grudem.

They should exercise discernment and consider the admonition regarding deceivers in 2nd John “…do not take him into your house or welcome him. Anyone who welcomes him shares in his wicked work.”

But, on the top of the list is, of course, Sean Hannity. Yes, I truly respected him, not because I thought he was that bright (it may have seemed that way since he was sitting next to Alan Colmes), but, in previous elections he was a tireless worker for the Republican nominee (note: I said nominee because he didn’t show partiality in the primaries). I don’t need to go into examples of how he went off the deep end for Trump. Aside from his disdain for Ted Cruz, what made me sad the most was how he became so devious.

To wit, Ted Cruz had basically written off Florida leaving it to Marco Rubio to de-rail Trump’s momentum. When it became obvious that Rubio’s campaign, in his home state, was going nowhere, the Cruz campaign decided to devote some time and money there — not to defeat Trump but to stem the momentum. So, they hastily put together a rally on a Friday morning in Orlando in which Hannity had a Q&A session that was going to be his show that evening. Cruz did his usual good job of dismantling Trump and it was obvious that Hannity was very uncomfortable with Cruz’s answers. If you can’t recall seeing it, there is a good reason. That evening Trump had a rally scheduled that turned violent. So Hannity seized the opportunity to turn his whole hour into a Trump pep rally. And the Cruz taping, it was shown without promotion late Sunday night when few would be watching.

Needless to say, if we have the radio on from 3:00 to 6:00 pm ET, it is usually on a Christian station and we rarely watch Fox News anymore. Fair and Balanced is another joke that’s not funny.

And speaking of Christian leaders, we can’t overlook one of the most embarrassing of them all, namely Jerry Falwell, Jr. His father was co-founder of the Moral Majority and founder and president of Liberty University. Jerry Falwell, Jr. has become a major Trump protagonist who, after his father’s passing, became the Liberty University president (I believe that’s called the lucky sperm method).

Junior should have paid more attention to his dad’s writings, especially when Senior wrote an article titled Seven Principles That Made America Great. A few of those principles follow:

(1) The principle of the dignity of human life (Exodus 20:13; Matthew 5:21,22). Donald J. Trump when asked if he would support a ban on “partial birth abortion” said, “I am pro-choice in every respect.” I know this was a few years ago and he says he’s “evolved,” but don’t believe a word of it. Consider more recently when, as the Washington Post reported, he changed his position on abortion five times in three days.

(2) The principle of the traditional monogamous family (Genesis 2:21-24; Ephesians 5:22-33). Donald J. Trump, with his three marriages and numerous affairs, speaking about his affairs said, “I never discuss it. It was never a problem.” And on the Howard Stern Show, when asked if he would have slept with Princess Diana said, “without even hesitation.”

(3) The principle of common decency (Genesis 3:7,21; Matthew 5: 27.28; Ephesians 5:3-5). Donald J. Trump spoke in Esquire about a woman reporter who gave him bad press, “You know, it really doesn’t matter what they write as long as you’ve got a young and beautiful piece of ***. But she’s got to be young and beautiful.” And how about bragging about your manly parts on live television? I don’t need to go any further with his insults of John McCain, Megan Kelley, the nursing mother, the handicapped reporter or the former Miss Universe.

Dr. Falwell, I assume you know scripture, so how does it feel to “…share in his wicked work”?

I wrote this article before Trump’s lewd conversation was revealed, but decided not to remark on it because this article is not about Trump, it is about the Trump enablers. I can only imagine how different this election season would be if all of these “leaders” would have jumped on Trump rather than jump on the Trump Train. But, then again, there is always a silver lining.

Scripture has many references about the necessity of separating out the chaff. We know without a doubt, going forward, who is the chaff that we must be separated from. And the latest revelation further reinforces that need.

Two thousand years ago, a small group of men worked tirelessly and at great risk to do their part in creating a new movement, and we know the result. While the current movement to create a new viable third party isn’t anywhere near the importance of creating what has become the greatest positive force in history, we can learn much from those men and their writings.

As an uneducated former fisherman named Peter said: “Therefore, prepare your minds for action, be self-controlled, set your hope fully on the grace given you.” 1 Peter 1:17.

1 Comment
  1. it is truly astonishing how little wheat there is left and how much chaff. Hardly enough to make a loaf of bread.

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