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Christian Compromise in the Age of Trump

I’ve discussed this on more than one occasion. Most who are regular readers understand that I’m deeply distressed over what I see happening with professed Christians, many who have made the choice to compromise what the Word of God says about character and morality, and in particular, how it relates to leadership.

Compromise is the death of faith.

In the age of Trump, Christians, and in particular, those who fall under the banner of “evangelical” turned out in big numbers to support a twice-divorced, openly abusive, profane adulterer.

“We’re not electing a pastor!” they cried – usually right before deeming him “God’s man.”

I have a quote from C.S. Lewis as part of my email signature. It reads:
“When we Christians behave badly, or fail to behave well, we are making Christianity unbelievable to the outside world.”

That has been my concern from the start. The world that needs us to be the salt and light only sees hypocrisy. We need to do better.

With all that in mind, I’d like to talk about radio host and theologian,
Eric Metaxas.

Earlier Thursday, The Bulwark featured an article on Metaxas’ show, The Eric Metaxas Show, and a recent guest, Milo Yiannopoulos.

For those with short memories, Yiannopoulos is the disgraced former Breitbart blogger and flamboyant pro-Trump provocateur.

Yiannopoulos was forced out of his blogging position with Breitbart, after video footage of his praise of pedophilia caused intense blowback (as well it should).

“…
in a radio discussion concerning the silliness of consent laws, he waxed eloquent about the psychological benefits of pedophilic relationships between young teens and older men—“those relationships in which those older men help those young boys discover who they are and give them security and safety and provide them with love and a reliable sort of rock, where they can’t speak to their parents.”

That particular episode also cost him a book deal.

And while that is the worst, in my opinion, Yiannopoulos has a long history of disgusting comments and behavior.

So why did Metaxas allow this person air time – an hour’s worth, to be exact – that would keep his profile alive?

It could be that Yiannopoulos flaunts his ugliness for the glory of Trump (He calls him “Daddy”). That would be one of the saddest, most unfortunate points of Trumpism and American Christians. They, and in particular, those who are held up as “leadership” are willing to accept any reprobate into their club, as long as they share the bond of Trump.

Metaxas had him on the show, ostensibly as an opportunity to pimp his new book. I’m not going to give the name because he doesn’t deserve the publicity. I’ll just say it attacks Pope Francis. You can hunt down the title elsewhere, if you’re interested.

Metaxas, who says he first met Yiannopoulos at the GOP national convention in 2016, sees Milo as another innocent victim of the Lyin’ Left: “Theoretically, falsely, you were accused of being openly racist in something you said,” Metaxas mourned. “The problem, usually, is that a lot of one’s followers are idiots who say the things that then you get tagged with. A lot of people online following up your comment, in defending you, said vile, genuinely racist things—and then you get tagged for it.” 

To clarify, Yiannopoulos attacked a black actress, Leslie Jones over Twitter, and his rabid, Trump-drunk followers piled on. It eventually resulted in a lifetime ban from Twitter for the jerk.

Yiannopoulos went on to explain to the host the importance of ending “politically correct speech codes,” to get only the mildest rebuke (if it can even be called that) from the host.

“You have done it admirably throughout your career in every nanosecond of your media appearances, but it’s only when you say something that a woman is ugly or looks like a man that I say, I wish you hadn’t said that.”

Ya think?

This would be the same Yiannopoulos who said in one appearance that his biggest problem with Planned Parenthood was all the black babies being aborted that ended the possibility of him having sex with them 20 years down the road.

This was also the same Yiannopoulos that, as The Bulwark piece pointed out, was caught on video throwing Nazi salutes at a white nationalist party.

He is the same Yiannopoulos who demeaned the appearance of women in front of Metaxas and received no rebuke.

“When I say feminism is cancer, and these women are ugly and hideous and all the rest of it, I am defending the ideals of beauty,” Milo told Metaxas. “I’m drawing attention to one of the most poisonous things about American culture, which is the elevation of the ugly.”

“That’s correct!” Metaxas exulted.

That’s correct?

Sorry, Mr. Metaxas. The proper response should have been one that spoke to the value of everyone in the eyes of a loving Father God, including feminists.

We don’t have to like their politics or rhetoric, but we do have to respect the Word of God and what it says about them.

Perhaps someone should point Metaxas the theologian to 1 John 4:9-11 (CEB).

This is how the love of God is revealed to us: God has sent his only Son into the world so that we can live through him. 10 This is love: it is not that we loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son as the sacrifice that deals with our sins.

11 Dear friends, if God loved us this way, we also ought to love each other.

Hosting such foulness, while saying nothing to try and draw this man out of his error and into the love of God, while allowing him to be abusive towards others is wrong, in every way.

Shame on you, Mr. Metaxas. You failed in what should have been your highest calling, because, as was pointed out in The Bulwark piece, Metaxes is pro-Trump, Milo is pro-Trump, so therefore, Metaxas apparently feels he should be pro-Milo.

Shame. On. You.

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