Neither Donald Trump’s (alleged*) extramarital hookup with porn star Stormy Daniels (real name Stephanie Clifford) nor the (allegedly*) $130,000 political hush money coughed up to silence her seems to faze the run-of-the-mill, Evangelical Christian who has lost his / her moral compass. Nope, not as much as an ounce of outrage… as one would expect from any holy roller worth his / her salt.
I mean… where the hell is the litany of fire and brimstone sermons heavily referencing Biblical passages… oh… say… Sodom and Gomorrah… pillars of salt… etc.?
Well, it would seem that, in contemporary times, Evangelicals are not looking back… not looking down their noses… not looking anywhere else but up to their bad boy Donny. These… uh… well… let’s just refer to them as lowercase “c” christians… harbor an atypical, attitudinal mashup… an unorthodox mix of laissez-faire and beating around the bush.
To better illustrate how they’ve been rationalizing and equivocating about something that’s unambiguously wrong, check out this FOX “News” softball interview where Pastor Robert Jeffress tiptoed through the theological and political minefield, thusly…
“Evangelicals still believe in the commandment: Thou shalt not have sex with a porn star. However, whether this president violated that commandment or not is totally irrelevant to our support of him. Evangelicals knew they weren’t voting for an altar boy when they voted for Donald Trump. We supported him because of his policies and his strong leadership.”
Hmmm… I’ll refrain from digressing, extensively, by setting aside the pastor’s whopper about “strong leadership”.
Since it’s been more than half a century since the last time I counted myself among the devout, churchgoing Catholics, forgive me if I’m a bit rusty, here, but… oh… what the hell… I’ll give it a go anyway.
While Alex Pope’s “To err is human to forgive divine” is a core tenet of many a religion… I do seem to recall that any granting of absolution is provisional. The prerequisite, here, is that the sinner, with all his heart, must desire to mend his wicked ways, vow to never sin like that again and, working towards those goals, be actively seeking spiritual guidance.
Yet, to my knowledge, Pastor Jeffress has neither mentioned that Trump is remorseful and ISO such advice nor has that holy roller (who must have a hole in his head) ever mentioned he is currently (or soon will be) helping to extricate and elevate the so-called prez from his dens of iniquity / amoral abysses.
To sum everything up… I am not a father, either theological or biological, but, nevertheless, I will still offer some fatherly advice to Pastor Jeffress.
1. Never forget that your BFF, the thrice wed, twice divorced so-called prez, neither respects womankind nor views marriage to be the sacrament it is. Marital infidelity is his MO. And, if he cannot remain faithful to poor Melania, there will come a day where he will not remain a faithful servant to Evangelicals.
2. It is also conceivable… and staying totally within his vast range of character flaws… for that misogynist to selfishly think only about his own pleasure. Consequently he would abdicate and delegate all responsibility for birth control usage to his conquests.
3. Remaining mindful of all the above… any cad who’d think nothing about hauling out his checkbook to cover up his tawdry affair… will someday… if he hasn’t already done so… also think nothing about cutting a check to foot the bill for an abortion… perhaps more than one.
Hmmm… considering how you Evangelicals have a zero tolerance for all abortion… were it ever proven your bad boy Donny was ever a party to that…
Would you still cut that bad ass a blank check?
* Just to stay in CYA mode