I don’t really disagree with a lot of the points made by Christianity Today’s editorial. And I don’t blame Christians for sitting out the election in 2020. But the reality is the Democrats’ impeachment was silly. They didn’t really mean it. So there is no reason for any Republican to support it. There are 21 Republicans leaving, half of them hate the President, and they all stood with him. So would I. That the Democrats could not persuade a single one of them, none of whom are ever accountable to Trump’s base again, is deeply telling of just what a flawed impeachment this was.
As to the matter of 2020, when Trump was a hypothetical with the known character flaws, I voted 3rd party. I wasn’t going to vote for him or for Hillary. Now we have a host of Democrats, each progressively nuttier than the other, and all of whom support the wholesale legal extermination of human beings they deem convenient in addition to other terrible policies. I’ll have to hold my nose to do it and would rather it be Pence at the top, but I’ll vote for Trump in 2020. He’s not the hypothetical President we can’t trust. He’s a deeply flawed, immoral politician who has both surprising managed to keep many of his campaign promises and not squander the lives of our soldiers and sailors for righteous causes that lose their purpose.
There are no good alternatives. The Democrats may be more palatable in demeanor, but not mean tweeting doesn’t make them less morally flawed or immoral. I refused to vote for Trump in 2016, had people show up at my house to threaten me and my family, and I held my ground. I said character counted, but 120 million Americans disagreed. I’m not going to sit out 2020 and between the two major parties, I’ll go with the braying jackasses most closely aligned with my values than the braying jackasses furthest from my values. I still believe character counts, but none of them have it and it’s not in my nature to just sit it out. So I’ll go with deficient character with the political platform most closely aligned to mine. I’d go third party, but I did that in 2016 and that guy has been embarrassing me ever since. And again, as much as I have issues with the President, he has done a lot of good and still has surrounding him scores of really good, highly competent people of very good character.
But honestly, the whole sordid thing is gross and I long for a President I can point my kids to and tell them that’s a role model. I’m really ready for 2024.
I don’t really disagree with what Christianity Today said about witness and character and the church. I don’t think this impeachment was appropriate or an appropriate vehicle to remove the President. But I am glad they said what they said and didn’t compromise. They’re also right that evangelicals willing to defend everything this President does are harming evangelicalism in the United States. Too many self-described Christians seem to be looking to the White House instead of Heaven. No, we’re not electing a pastor in chief, but that doesn’t mean we should excuse his behavior or bite our tongue because he’s on our team. Frankly, a whole lot of Christians seem so transactional with the President that they give me the impression they’re perfectly fine if he goes to Hell so long as they get a few good judges and regulations out of it.
This is a messy, messy time in politics and I think all we can do is muddle through as best we can with as much charity and grace to each other as we can muster. Eternity is more important than Washington and our local communities affect us more on a daily basis than the President. So seek the welfare of the city in which you are in exile and there you’ll find your welfare. Don’t go seeking saviors in politics. You’ll just be disappointed. And if you’re never disappointed in a politician, you’re in a cult and don’t know it.