If Jerry Falwell, Jr. had not gone in the tank enough to support Donald Trump, he’s drown in Team Trump propaganda now and should be ashamed of himself. His latest defense of Donald Trump is to compare Trump to King David.
Speaking to Liberty University’s student paper, Falwell said,
God called King David a man after God’s own heart even though he was an adulterer and a murderer. You have to choose the leader that would make the best king or president and not necessarily someone who would be a good pastor. We’re not voting for pastor-in-chief. It means sometimes we have to choose a person who has the qualities to lead and who can protect our country and bring us back to economic vitality, and it might not be the person we call when we need somebody to give us spiritual counsel.
That is flat out mocking God.
God, in fact, punished David for his actions. David had to cry out to God for forgiveness. Psalm 51, a psalm I quote more than I should, is David crying out to God, “For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me. . . . Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right[b] spirit within me. Cast me not away from your presence, and take not your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit.”
It is beautiful, haunting, and powerful. David feels the break in his relationship with God and longs to again feel the joy of God’s salvation in his life. He begs God to “deliver [him] from bloodguiltinesss.”
Donald Trump has said repeatedly he has never sought forgiveness from God and never felt the need to repent. David was as famous for Bathsheba as he was for repenting.
That Jerry Falwell, Jr. would compare David’s adultery to Donald Trump’s, for which the former cried and repented and the later bragged about on television and radio, is mocking God and shameful.
It might be time for Liberty University to find a new President.