OPINION: True Evangelicals can not support Donald Trump

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By Mona Austin





EVANGELICAL/FAITH BASED VOTERS THAT ARE DEFENDING GOP LEADER DONALD TRUMP'S VILE BEHAVIOR AS OF LATE ARE AN EMBARRASSMENT TO THE BODY OF CHRIST AND DO NOT SPEAK FOR THE MAJORITY OF TRUE CHRIST FOLLOWERS. THE LATEST REVELATION OF HIS OFFENSIVE COMMENTS ABOUT WOMEN SHOULD GIVE PAUSE TO ANYONE WITH A CHRISTIAN WORLDVIEW AND MORAL COMPASS.

To use an exhausted word from Donald J. Trump it is "unbelievable" that highly regarded Evangelical leaders like Dr. James Dobson, a member of Trump's advisory council, ever endorsed him and have yet to denounce him under the current circumstances.

In a statement reacting to Trump's lewd sex comments, Dobson said the words were "indefensible."  YET HE GOES ON TO DO PRECISELY THAT -- DEFEND A MAN WHOSE VERSION OF LOCKER ROOM BANTER DISGUSTED SOME PROFESSIONAL ATHLETES.  "'Let him who is without sin cast the first stone'," quoted Dobson in justification of his continued support of the controversial candidate. "I am, HOWEVER, more concerned about America's future than Donald Trump's past," he said.  

(Most Evangelical leaders on the council initially said they were available to serve, not endorse, but as of late several of them have defended Trump in comparison to Hillary Clinton. his opponent.)

This is not the same Dr. James Dobson most of America knows.


A blogger who once depended on support from Focus on the Family, the Colorado Springs, CO based ministry Dobson founded, calls out his hypocrisy for supporting the Trump ticket after previously rejecting former GOP candidate John McCain. Dobson once said about then Senator McCain, “The Senator is being touted by the media as a man of principle, yet he was involved with other women while married to his first wife, and was implicated in the so-called Keating scandal with four other senators. He was eventually reprimanded by the Congress for the ‘appearance of impropriety.’ The Senator reportedly has a violent temper and can be extremely confrontational and profane when angry. . .”  

Donald Trump's name could easily be substituted in the aforementioned quote.  He was married at the time of the tape scandal, is allegedly associated with the mob, is often angry and obnoxious and been accused of tampering with the funds of his charity.  His reputation is blemished and he lacks political experience. The list of infractions Trump had accumulated  before the debates started was inappropriate enough.  Yet, Dobson has completely pivoted from Christian conservatism in favor of the real estate titan, saying he likes that Trump will protect religious liberties and appoint a conservative to the Supreme Court.  

As Dobson pointed out, no one is without sin.  We have all said and done things behind closed doors that we would dare not utter publicly as imperfect people sometimes do. This election is not about being perfect. It is about being capable and qualified to do the job.  The problem with Donald Trump is deciding which version of himself he shows to the American people--his public professional self or his private self (#nofilter) and whether he can be trusted with our future. 

Trump released a videotaped apology following the exposure of the videotape in question, saying he is a different man today. Many Republican leaders are not convinced and are calling for him to step down. He has vowed he will not quit. 

Trump as POTUS would strip the presidency of all of its dignity. In the first presidential debate he said he has the proper temperament to become leader of the free world, yet he has proven time and time again that is the furthest thing from the truth and his latest offense -- bragging about sexual assault against women -- is at the height of his base conduct. There are certain unspoken qualities a president must have that he lacks altogether as a leader. For example, as a result of not being able to tame his tongue and adhere to the expertise of people he has hired, there is dissension in his camp, confusion and division among the Conservative electorate and disunity among GOP law makers.  Good leaders strive to unite, not divide. 

Several establishment Republicans including House Speaker Paul Ryan risked breaking ties with their base to publicly denounce Trump after this recent revelation.  The outrage we are now noticing is late, however. Republicans should have  rejected him long ago. The Trump on the tape is not new to the public. He has been accused of spousal rape and sexual advances in the past. He has been careless on most issues in this campaign from women to race and frequently flip flops on the issues. Scripture teaches that Christians are to let their yes be yes and no  be no.

What EXACTLY can Trump do for America at this point? Other than folks who are supposed to say good things about him and those who have bitten the hate bait, the majority of voters,  according to the latest polling data are convinced he is not deserving of the position. His wife is standing by his side, yet said she was offended by the comments too. His running mate said he can not condone Trump's behavior.   Their words seem pointless as their presidential pick continues to careen off the road to the White House spouting negativity about Clinton at his rallies instead of giving concrete details on how he will address the issues.
TRUMP IS DIVISIVE AND OUT OF CONTROL AND THAT ALONE IS ENOUGH TO REJECT HIM. 
From praising Vladmir Putin (which by implication means he supports similar political policies) to degrading various groups of people (he clearly does not see all people as equal).  His attributes are far less than virtuous and do not represent the traditional values the Republican Party stands on.   Many Democrats also find his behavior morally objectionable. 

Many Christian leaders want to avoid taking responsibility for the moral decay in American society or the energy they lend to Trump carrying on hurtful rhetoric, but it is their inconsistency or the failure of the church to maintain a respectable standard that causes people to turn away from righteous living. 

Voters have a social and moral obligation to elect officials with the ability to serve the entire Republic with dignity and respect for our fundamental beliefs as a country. . ."with liberty and justice for all." Children are watching and waiting to see type of future the election results might yield.  For their sake, Evangelical and faith-based voters must stand for something or fall for anything and avoid checking Trump's name on the ballot.