“Look, Christianity is not all about being a welcome mat which people can just stomp their feet on.” – Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, a prominent evangelical activist group
“You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth. But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also. And if anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, hand over your coat as well. If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles. Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.” – Jesus Christ
Tony Perkins knows about Stormy Daniels and the twenty other women who have accused Donald Trump of sexual misconduct. He knows about the marriages, the cheating, the foul language, the lewdness and all of the other questionable behavior that Trump has not only displayed but has proudly bragged about over the course of his adult life. But Tony Perkins and Evangelical cult have forgiven him, hell they forgive him everyday because Donald Trump, despite not having a Christ like bone in his body, promises to give them what they want. So for all of Trumps past, present and future transgressions Perkins and the Evangelical cult have given Trump a “Mulligan” which seems an appropriate term given their Presidents penchant for golf.
I played golf for twenty years but I was never any good at it. I could hold my own with the average hacks like me but I could never break 80 so I gave it up and started riding a bicycle. The goal in golf is to take the least amount of strokes to get the ball in 18 holes. Par is the number of strokes a first-class golfer should normally take for a particular hole or course. A typical golf course has a Par of 72 so if I shot a 90, which means I took 90 strokes to get the ball in 18 holes, my score would be 18 over Par.
Over the course of twenty years I played golf with a lot of people, some great, some good, and some very bad. The thing about golf is that it is a game of honor. You count your own strokes, all of your strokes, you assess yourself penalties for an errant shots, and most importantly, Rule 13, you play the ball where it lies.
For the most part I enjoyed playing with most everyone except for the guy who always took a Mulligan. A Mulligan is do over, an extra stroke allowed after a poor shot, but not counted on the scorecard. I have taken a Mulligan or a hundred over the course of twenty years of playing. Sometimes there are just practical reasons for taking one like keeping the pace of play moving forward rather than spending an hour searching for your ball. But there is always that one guy who, for whatever reason, believes he deserves a Mulligan for every errant drive, or every putt that comes-up a little short and that guy for the Evangelicals is Donald Trump.
As I have written before, in my mind, the Evangelicals have staked and sold their eternal souls for a modern-day Pontius Pilate in Trump. They are gladly being used as pawns in Trumps attempts to destroy this country for throw away tokens of what they believe are must have conservative principles, principles their Jesus never fought for, principles they invented to separate themselves as the elite holier than thou Christian cult. But they will pay a price for their devotion and support of Trump and I think they will ultimately pay that price here on earth and in hell as well.
Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.