Earlier this year, the well-known Christian pastor and author, Max Lucado, wrote an article about the indecency of Mr. Trump.
The stock explanation for Mr. Trump’s success is this: he has tapped into the anger of the American people. As one man said, “We are voting with our middle finger.” Sounds more like a comment for a gang-fight than a presidential election. Anger-fueled reactions have caused trouble ever since Cain was angry at Abel.
We can only hope, and pray, for a return to verbal decency. Perhaps Mr. Trump will better manage his comments. (Worthy of a prayer, for sure.) Or, perhaps the American public will remember the key role of the president: to be the face of America. When he/she speaks, he/she speaks for us. Whether we agree or disagree with the policies of the president, do we not hope that they speak in a way that is consistent with the status of the office?
As far as I remember, I never turned away one of my daughter’s dates. They weren’t perfect, but they were decent fellows. That was all I could ask.
Then this past weekend, I heard Congressman Tim Huelskamp say that backing Trump represented a “moral dilemma.” The Cruz supporter declared that he wouldn’t let his nine-year-old son watch Trump on TV due to his language. World magazine, a Christian news source, has been relentless in its attacks on Trump. There have been numerous articles questioning his character, his marital infidelity, and his reality show politics. They have gone so far to suggest that Christians who support Trump, are the ones that don’t attend church regularly, are deceived by their “itching ears,” and don’t care too much about morality and the evangelical tradition.
World magazine has often overlooked Ted Cruz’ questionable campaign ethics to condemn Trump. After all, he bragged about his adultery, used his wealth to buy political influence, and made money in the gambling industry at the expense of Atlantic City. Writers and readers alike question, “How can Trump make America great again, by mocking the moral framework that made America great in the first place?”
Here are my answers to these frequent objections:
- Max, “anger-fueled” reactions should not be dismissed. People are angry, rightfully so, because of the economic and moral decline of America under the Obama administration. Americans want the country they have lost due to globalization, liberal social agendas, lax immigration policy, foreign labor, and Islamic terrorism.
- Max, I’m not interviewing a date for my daughter or a pastor for my church. I’m looking for a President who can bring back jobs, revitalize the economy, lower our national debt, secure the border, and protect Americans from danger. Jeff Sessions said, “Voters don’t expect Trump purity; just someone strong enough to take on DC.” None of the above will happen with the alternative, Hillary Clinton. It’s time to face the facts and stop lamenting reality. Our choice is Trump or Hillary.
- Tim, what’s more offensive? Trump’s language or Obama’s transgender proclamation? Should a nine-year old be exposed to matters involving sexual organs and genitalia? Did you need to bar your child from TV reports of Bill Clinton’s sexual behaviour? Can any parent turn on the TV any more? The media’s moral decline was present, long before Trump came on the scene. Besides, Trump’s “indecent language” is far less offensive than language that promotes ideology crushing to the American spirit.
- I’m tired of the lectures and accusations about Trump’s indecency. Let’s talk about the indecency of Hillary Clinton. Her long history of scandals and immorality. How those surrounding the Clinton crime ring end up in jail or dead. The blood on her hands. No other presidential candidate has had an FBI investigation. No other presidential candidate has lied so shamelessly and callously. She has the nerve to say, “I’m the most transparent public official in modern times,” when she deliberately hid the e-mails that would damn her. Stop pouting about Trump, and start looking at the real threat. Hillary would give us the most indecent, dishonest, and corrupt government in the history of America.
Hillary is a clear and present danger to America. That is the indecency.