The American public has been fed the Russian collusion fairy tale for two and one half years by the Democrats and the media. They are, of course, philosophically the same toxic stew. They simply represent different ingredients in the common mix. For twenty-two months the Mueller investigation has ground on, costing the taxpayers twenty-five million dollars. Nineteen pro-Hillary lawyers could find no evidence of any Russian connection to the Trump campaign. Even some Democratic legislators are suggesting it’s time to move on and address some of the pressing issues facing the country, but the hard left will not let it go, insisting that the election was illegitimate.
President Trump is firing back at his political antagonists with a large variety of shrapnel, much of which the Libs have themselves provided. His willingness to fight back provides its own source of criticism with many calling for tampered down tweets and rally rhetoric. The difficulty is, with the exception of Fox News and a handful of conservative talk shows, the President is grossly outnumbered with narrative opportunities. When Obama was president, NBC, ABC, CBS, MSNBC, CNN all carried the mail for him. By necessity, Trump has to pack his own.
Because options for the swamp are being diminished, the ever present party line of “un-presidential, unseemly, unbecoming, indecorous, in bad taste, undignified, inappropriate, crude,” etc., etc., etc., is being utilized to comment on Mr. Trump’s remarks. The question that deserves an answer is one that, in particular, passive Christians need to answer: is it wrong to fire back at political opponents when they have lied, slandered and misrepresented their adversary?
The highest bar for human behavior is none other than Jesus Christ: “For we have not a high priest which cannot be touched with the feelings of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin” (Hebrews 4:15). Perfection was found even in the displayed anger of Christ and therefore demands investigation. When the Lord began his earthly ministry. It didn’t take Him long to collect a cadre of cagey, calculating enemies. For three years Jesus tolerated their defamation with divine magnanimity. His only clue of impatience was an occasional question he knew they could not answer, but the time finally came when He pulverized them with sanctified tweets.
The first scathing, denunciatory attack was leveled at the hypocrisy found in their religion. The Lord accused the Pharisees of “do as we say, not as we do”: ”For they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay them on men’s shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers.” Jesus continued by exposing their motives which were founded upon a desire for recognition and applause: “But all their works they do for to be seen of men:…And love the uppermost rooms at feasts, and the chief seats in the synagogues” (see Matthew 23:1-12). The far left has embraced their socialistic agenda with the fervor of a zealot religion, denouncing anyone who disagrees with them. The “New Green Deal” would impose restrictions on the average American that would be totally ignored by the elites. For example ---those who advocate the elimination of airplanes still travel on them between Washington, D.C. and their home districts, and you can bet your last dollar they will continue with these Congressional international junkets, but they won’t swim. This kind of insanity deserves to be called out---and Jesus did!
The condemnation continued when the Saviour exposed the long term program that had been implemented: “Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves” (Matthew 23:15). Liberal indoctrination has infiltrated our educational system to the extent that all remnants of common sense have evaporated.
After comparing his rivals to “whited sepulchers which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness,” Jesus blamed them for persecution and murder of former and future prophets. Some on the left have indicated they would prefer Donald Trump dead. Jesus Christ taught that murder begins in the desires of the heart (Matthew 5:21,22).
Matthew 23 is a lengthy, anti-humanistic, antisocial blast of “hate speech” aimed at the most highly educated, respectable religious leaders of that time. The Lord utilizes the word hypocrites or hypocrisy eight times, blind five times, and fools twice, with serpents and vipers thrown in for good measure! Regardless of one’s opinion of the President’s inimitable style of speech, a Biblical perspective allows push back against lies and defamation. Russian collusion was a lie; “there is no crisis on the southern border” is a lie, because there is one. These and other fabrications should be loudly denounced with all of the authority of the ninth Commandment!