(Can't believe after months of not blogging I'm writing about Trump. Life sure is strange)
Trump. The name no one can keep out of their mouth or off their computer screen.
A name that has brought sadness to many people and warped the minds of others.
A name that was a joke this time last year.
I'm not sad because a man like Trump is running for president (although that sucks in its own right).
I'm sad about something else, something I should have learned by now. There's been an ongoing theme in my life and the lives of many others close to me. The changing of worldviews and the obsolescence of beliefs (in this case, Christian beliefs) has been bothering me for the past few years.
Culture (mostly liberalism if I'm being honest) has declared that many Christian values aren't necessary anymore. What else is new? The Bible tells us that will happen, thus the "Be in the world and not of it" thing. However, many Christians and churches haven't fought back, but instead, in huge numbers, moved to listen to the culture's decrees about how Christians should be.
And guess what? It leads to people like me who has no place in telling anyone anything to write blog posts like this. Look what you made me do!
Listen, I'm no saint. I drink, watch R-rated movies (the most grievous of sins), and curse. I love many aspects of culture, just scroll through my Twitter or this website. To many Christians, I would probably be considered a bad dude. Well, actually after this week I've definitely been labeled a bad dude and a Pharisee.
I've watched people in my life change. I've felt left behind and confused as those I respect walk in a different direction. I'm sure I've changed a little, but overall I've pretty much held to the same stuff (hopefully).
Before continuing, you should read this piece by Jonah Goldberg, where he discusses Trump's "rectal ventriloquism" where he talks out of his ass and conservatives start preaching it. It almost perfectly captures how I've been feeling.
I've read some crazy articles this week, most notably this incredibly eloquent piece that essentially says those who don't support Trump are like those who killed Christ. (Can I get a big WTF?)
And this isn't the only article that says it's my Christian duty to vote for Trump that's popped up in my news feed this week. Or the only article that compares him with Biblical figures, saying he's just like them. True, God uses flawed people. With that same argument of God using Trump, he could be using Hillary as well.
The difference with Paul or some other great Christian leader is that one, they were Christians. I don't want to say for sure whether or not Trump is a Christian but he doesn't act like one. Two, the leaders of the Bible were repentant and aware of their sinful nature. Trump is not aware of himself in the slightest and brushes off his sexual assault recording as "locker room talk" (now I understand why I've always stayed out of locker rooms)
Trump is a sleezy old man, his "locker room talk" doesn't surprise me in the slightest. Neither does his infidelity. What surprises me is the "new" Christian response to this; the same Christians, by the way, that claim it's my duty to vote for this "flawed man" almost 100% called out and preached against Bill Clinton when he committed adultery. Now, many Christians I know (not all of course), are defending Trumps sexual mishaps, and not only that, but comparing him to David or Paul.
What this leads me to believe is that the true belief here is that America is God and the end all, and Christianity is the convenient lifestyle for an American to live, the tenets of which can be changed at any time.
I, first hand, have seen what sexual sin and infidelity does to everyone involved. It is by far one of the greatest abominations I have ever witnessed. The effects of which are still felt for years after. The idea that any Christian would defend that sort of behavior, no matter what the stakes are, is absolutely mind-blowing to me and deeply, deeply troubling.
That's it though. The new version of Christianity just came out, and in the list of bug fixes, sexual sin is no longer an issue. Can't wait to see what features come with the next update.