Posted Monday afternoon, March 12, 2018.
Why should they hold the President to a higher standard than they hold their preachers?
Yes, they’re hypocrites. Of course they’re hypocrites. Hypocrisy is what makes their religion possible. The whole enterprise is an enterprise: Salvation for sale. The object is to buy your way into heaven and then feel as if you’re already there, chumming around the clouds with your best friend Jesus, who, Word that he is, didn’t mean a word he said about storing up treasures on earth, camels and needles’ eyes, doing for the least of his brothers and sisters, praying in public, motes and beams, and casting the first stone. And there’s almost nothing required of you. You get to enjoy your superiority to the sinners around you without having to be superior. You’re simply entitled as a dues-paying member of the club. The main privilege of joining is being able to put the sinners in their places---women in the kitchen and nursery, LGBT people in the closet, Them, you know who, in jail, in poor schools, in dangerous neighborhoods far from your own, those other Thems, in the shithole countries they come from. Everybody else who isn’t in the club you get to consign to hell. The fun is in policing and condemning others’ behavior and sins without having to correct your own. All you have to do is say the right things, put up a good front, learn to tsk tsk while sounding like you care about the poor lost souls.
So of course God forgives Donald Trump. He’s doing the Lord’s work of putting Them in their place---women, gays, blacks, immigrants, Muslims, smartypants liberals---asking nothing of good Christians but their votes and a cut of whatever they’re already willing to shell out on Sundays to pay for their preachers’ tailor-made suits, luxury cars, and McMansions.
Follow the link to read Aaron Rupar’s story Evangelicals "knew they weren't voting for an altar boy when they voted for Donald Trump," Robert Jeffress argues at ThinkProgress.
More Salvation for Sale: Trump has more than one spiritual advisor. Jeffress is one. Paula White is another. Here’s a story about White from January by David C. McCafee at Patheos, Trump’s Spiritual Advisor: Give My Church One Month’s Pay or Face “Consequences”.