WorldNetDaily is still trying to justify evangelicals continuing to support President Trump despite his many, many faults, including credible accusastions of an affair with a porn star. This time, editor Joseph Farah does the honors in his April 24 column ranting about an Atlantic article by Michael Gerson calling out evangelical hypocrisy on Trump. Farah rants:
Yet, he’s beside himself over the harm evangelicals are supposedly doing to their cause and their good name by supporting Trump. It’s the oldest political trick in the book: Tell your opponents to be more like you if they want to be true to their ideals. Tell your opponents they’re tarnishing their image by supporting a flawed human. In other words, be a liberal or don’t get involved in politics.
- Because Trump once supported abortion, evangelicals should disown him.
- Because Trump committed adultery, evangelicals should renounce him.
- Because Trump uses crude and vulgar language, evangelicals should turn away.
- Because Trump boasts about his wealth, evangelicals should be appalled.
For an evangelical who went to Wheaton, he doesn’t seem to understand repentance. Crude and vulgar language may be a display of ban manners, but I don’t see where the Bible condemns it as sin.
Repentence isn't an issue here because Trump has provided no evidence he has repented for his past behavior -- at least, Farah has provided none.
But Farah doesn't care about Trump's immoral behavior as long as he delivers the goods, a point he has made before and makes abundantly clear once more:
“The moral convictions of many evangelical leaders have become a function of their partisan identification,” Gerson writes, my guess is, not while looking in the mirror. “This is not mere gullibility; it is utter corruption. Blinded by political tribalism and hatred for their political opponents, these leaders can’t see how they are undermining the causes to which they once dedicated their lives. Little remains of a distinctly Christian public witness.”
Not true at all. If evangelicals walked away from the president who has done more in 18 months to support their causes than any other recent president did, save possibly Ronald Reagan, no one would ever take them seriously again. Even Gerson acknowledges elsewhere in his insipid and angry piece that Trump has embraced evangelical leaders and their causes.
Now, let me explain why evangelicals love Trump. He listens to them, and he acts accordingly.
End of story.
And for good measure, Farah attacks Gerson for accepting evolution as fact:
Gerson gives himself away when he states: “Evolution is a fact. It is objectively true based on overwhelming evidence. By denying this, evangelicals made their entire view of reality suspect. They were insisting, in effect, that the Christian faith requires a flight from reason.”
“There is no meaningful theological difference between creation by divine intervention and creation by natural selection; both are consistent with belief in a purposeful universe, and with serious interpretation of biblical texts,” he adds. “Evangelicals have placed an entirely superfluous stumbling block before their neighbors and children, encouraging every young person who loves science to reject Christianity.”
Evolution has nothing to do with science because it cannot be subjected to the scientific method.