A retired attorney who is the former law partner of a good friend of ours recently responded to criticism directed at evangelical Christians who support President Trump. With his permission we quote his response.
“I am put off by some of Trump’s buffoonery, I don’t approve of his narcissism, his pettiness, his grandiosity, his crudeness, and his over the top tweets. I hear no evidence of current or recent infidelity. His previous dalliances, while reprehensible, were on par with those of FDR, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson and Jefferson, and they paled in comparison to those of Bill Clinton. King David had his moral failures as well. While Trump exaggerates or bends the truth, his misstatements are puny compared with the continuous lying of his past and current Democrat opposition. Don’t be fooled by the progressive media.
“So what do I support about Trump? Very important to Christians is that he is the most pro-life president in my memory --- and I am old. I support the policies of the Trump administration that have resulted in a revitalized economy, near all-time lows in unemployment for black and Hispanic Americans and for women, higher wages, few chocking regulations, return of job-creating manufacturing, and criminal justice reform. I applaud his badly needed renewed support for the military, his appointment of Constitutional judges, his rejection of the foolish Paris Climate Accord, his efforts to restore equities in our dealings with other countries, and his nixing of the near treasonous deal with Iran.
“The bottom line is that, imperfect as he may be (aren’t we all), President Trump is far more credible and trustworthy and effective than any public figure that stands against him.” I am certain the barrister who has lived long enough to gain a measureable amount of wisdom (certainly more than a 29 year old freshman Congresswoman) echoes the sentiments of many Christians.
The fifth columnist media misses no opportunity to disparage Mr. Trump. While he was in Vietnam meeting with the North Korean dictator, all we heard from the saboteurs was Trump’s willingness to give away the store, the farm, the ranch and America to appease the strong man. When no deal was made because Kim Jong Un was unwilling to give up his nukes, the media concluded the trip was a failure. Is it really a failure to walk away from a bad deal? In Acts chapter 7, Stephen rehearses Israeli history to a council of religious adversaries. In the midst of the message he submits the following evidence: “And they made a calf in those days, and offered sacrifice unto the idol, and rejoiced in the works of their own hands. Then God turned, and gave them up to worship the host of heaven.” When the Jews determined to be unpersuaded, God turned away. Was the Lord wrong when He walked, leaving them to their own destruction? There are a number of times in the Scriptures where God has temporarily abandoned Israel for their failure to respond appropriately to His overtures. This does not mean Heaven has nixed the deal, but rather that divine patience is being displayed (see Romans 11). Now, Donald Trump is not God nor is North Korea Israel, but the Lord’s negotiating techniques are worth mimicking.
History only lends cursory treatment to the words of presidents. Their rhetoric, good or bad, yields way to their works and accomplishments or negative impacts on society. Few can remember anything that Jimmy Carter said, but millions vividly recall the freefall of our economy and the skyrocketing interest rates during his administration. Once again a Bible principle comes into play: every true Christian will one day be judged at “the judgment seat of Christ” to determine future rewards (I Corinthians 3:10-17; II Corinthians 5:9-11; Romans 14:10). “If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.” To be sure, words often accompany and even expedite certain achievements, but the end result is the proof in the pudding. Of course, this judgment has to do with spiritual activity, leaving politics largely to its own devices, but the two are often intertwined.
Since “…children are an heritage of the Lord: and the fruit of the womb Is his reward” (Psalm 127:3), can anyone imagine a commendation from the Creator of life to the abortionist doctor or the legislator who endorsed infanticide? Will divine applause be delivered for those works? The Scriptural commandment is: “..but yet I would have you wise unto that which is good, and simple concerning evil” (Romans 16:19). Under this light, is it remotely possible that heaven will cheer for the crafters of the “Comprehensive Human Sexuality Education Act (HB 19-1032) that is being pushed in the Colorado legislature? This bill is intended to promote the gay, lesbian, and transgender life styles, forcing society into the arena of acceptance and approval.
When Jesus told his disciples to buy a sword (see Luke 22:36), he obviously granted each individual permission to own a weapon. The “Red Flag Emergency Risk Protection Order Bill” (HB 19-1177) is simply another step forward toward gun confiscation. Of course, liberalism has objected to so many of the Lord’s edicts, the present assault on a few more should be of no surprise. Pious sounding platitudes do not change evil intended works…but never fear, Jesus Christ has always been an expert at separating the wheat from the chaff.