“Mr. President, I hope you will be able to do something about this. You are the commander in chief of the U.S. Armed Forces. Army Chaplain Scott Squires is being punished for doing his job. He’s facing serious punishment for explaining to a soldier that he couldn’t conduct a marriage retreat that would include same-sex couples–because of his belief in the biblical definition of marriage. A military investigation determined that he should be disciplined for not including this lesbian couple in his retreat. Now chaplains can’t have deeply held religious beliefs? Now chaplains don’t have First Amendment rights? Now chaplains can’t stand on what God’s Word teaches? This has gotten dangerously off-course. Let’s encourage Chaplain Squires below and let him know that we are praying for him.” – Franklin Graham
This is the high priest of the alt-rights latest Facebook post. I know, I know why do I read this crap? The answer is a simple one, I need to remind myself from time to time who the false prophets are that propelled and continue to support a morally bankrupt savior named Donald Trump.
I mean look who he is appealing too, “Mr. President”. The man who has made multiple “consensual” affairs a personal choices now among Evangelicals and payoffs for silence the price paid to do the Lords work. Lying is really just joking and “grabbing them by the pussy” is simply boy talk. That “Mr. President”.
Graham is asking the man who has been married three times. The man who has cheated on all three of his wives. The man who has been accused by 30 women and counting of sexual assault and the man who arranged to have payments made to a porn star and a Playboy Bunny to keep quiet, and those are just the ones we know of to date. Graham is asking this man to interpret and support the biblical definition of marriage. Yes, it is okay to laugh and see the irony in this silly request.
I love this line “This has gotten dangerously off-course”. Franklin I couldn’t agree more. The Evangelicals are wandering around in the desert being lead by a man with cotton candy hair and a spray tan. They don’t care what he says. They don’t care what he does. They don’t even care if he is one of them, a “true believer”. All they care about is that their biblical definitions, their deeply held religious beliefs are protected, promoted and propagated by the government.
In the Evangelicals mind, there is no such thing as the separation of church and state in this country. If there was our money wouldn’t state “In God We Trust”. County Council meetings across America wouldn’t open with pray and witness’ wouldn’t be sworn in with “so help me God”. It appears to me that Evangelicals believe that the President of the United States should be considered the de facto leader of the Christian Church and if that is the case they have certainly chosen a doozy in The Donald.
One of the Evangelicals deeply held religious beliefs is that all government is put in place by God. Scripture in Romans states that “every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment.” Evangelicals hang their hat on this edict which is why they press so hard to have their voices not just heard but included in policy decisions.
My man Franklin is just one of many Evangelical potentates who believe with all their heart and all of their righteous soul that Donald J. Trump’s presidency was divinely ordained by God. As Graham noted at a Trump rally in Alabama; “I believe it was God. God showed up. He answered the prayers of hundreds of thousands of people across this land who had been praying for this country.”
The Bible is filled with crazy characters God chose to work through. Flawed people, imperfect people and Evangelicals love to point this out when speaking about Trump. But I am a New Testament Christian, an out with the old in with the new Christian and Jesus set the course and created the path for a non-Jew like me to have and be in a relationship with God. I make that qualification because Jesus chose to work with and through the poor, the broken, and the marginalized not the popular, the rich or successful. Would Jesus have chosen Trump? That my friends is the question for the ages.
The Evangelicals have manufactured something in Trump that benefits them. Some have said that they have been duped by him and I disagree with that assessment. They know what that got and they know what they are getting. The marriage between the Evangelicals and Trump is an arrangement of convenience and it will survive as long as both parties hold-up their end of the bargain. What is the bargain? Trump responds to messages like Graham’s above. He not only supports but acts on the Evangelicals desire to have their deeply held religious beliefs protected, promoted and propagated by the government.
What does Trump get? The Evangelicals undying support no matter how many women he sexually assaults or pays off. No matter how many lies he tells or how much money he and his family make hiding behind the seal of the Presidency. That’s the deal. That’s the deal the Evangelicals have cut with devil. I personally believe it will end badly for both of them.