The unhealthy jokes about Stormy Daniels and Donald Trump have began: “There’s a storm a-brewin’.” Evangelicals, who voted for Trump at round 80 p.c, face their very own storm and proceed to face by their candidate regardless of the current rising allegations that Trump had an extramarital relationship with the pornographic movie star. Trump has largely been silent on the challenge regardless of proclaiming his innocence in the Russian election meddling investigation on Twitter. To add gasoline to the fireplace, Daniels (her actual identify is Stephanie Clifford) handed a lie detector check concerning her sexual relationship with Trump. A current ballot revealed that 40 p.c of Evangelicals imagine the tales about Trump’s infidelities. The share of Evangelicals who imagine Trump’s declare is faux information? Only barely much less: 36 p.c.
This Trump saga has proved to be embarrassing amongst Evangelicals. Evangelicals, who as soon as had been the “Moral Majority,” proclaimed themselves to be the moral and ethical conscience of America, citing their advocacy of sexual purity, anti-abortion, and conventional views of marriage. These values and extra haven’t been values that their presidential candidate has displayed or supported in his previous. Rather than calling out Trump on his conduct, non secular conservatives like Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, have doubled down on their help for Trump. Perkins acknowledged that he offers Trump “a mulligan” for his sexual misdeeds. This is a damning admission as a result of it reveals that this chief of the highly effective Evangelical group considers the allegations concerning Trump’s relationship with Daniels to be true. Other Evangelical leaders, like Liberty University president Jerry Falwell Jr., as soon as stated that in Trump Evangelicals “found their dream president.”
Emerging out Trump’s intercourse scandal is a protection that Evangelicals have used, which I name, “The King David Defense.” Conservative commentator Sean Hannity made this protection well-known when he defended Trump throughout the 2016 presidential marketing campaign when the Access Hollywood tape revealed that Trump talked about grabbing ladies by their genitals. Hannity boldly acknowledged in reference to Trump and his tendency in the direction of lewd conduct, “King David had 500 concubines, for crying out loud.” (David had seven wives however the variety of concubines isn’t recorded in the Bible.)
Hannity was not alone in his protection. Dennis Prager, a conservative author for the National Review, wrote, “If God shouldn’t be ashamed for supporting King David, Christians shouldn’t be ashamed for supporting Donald Trump.” Paul McGuire, conservative commentator and writer of Trumpocalypse: The End-Times President, a Battle Against the Globalist Elite, and the Countdown to Armageddon, stated earlier in 2018, “David is a man like Trump in many respects. … He’s vulgar, he’s crude, but when it comes to the important issues, he is right on target.”
This sort of biblical reasoning makes me embarrassed I as soon as referred to as myself Evangelical. I can’t name myself Evangelical if that is what being an Evangelical means.
This misguided rationalization of Trump’s sexual exploits with King David is horrible justification and terrible biblical exegesis. The key rule of exegesis (the clarification or interpretation of scripture) is that readers can’t take the descriptive as prescriptive in the Bible. David and Solomon had a number of wives and concubines, however that doesn’t imply God ordained it. The Bible is silent with any form of admonishment to this historical observe. However, King David was rebuked due to his affair and coverup. It was particularly seen as an ethical failure by Nathan. If Evangelicals needed to offer a biblical instance in response to Trump’s extramarital affairs, a Nathan would emerge to rebuke Trump. Where is Evangelicals’ Nathan? Instead of a Nathan rising, Evangelicals declare a biblical reality as a theological reasoning for Trump’s wrongdoing.
It’s no marvel that nearly 40 p.c Millennials are non secular “nones.” Who needs to imagine in Christianity or Evangelicalism if non secular leaders excuse the conduct of an American president with terrible biblical interpretation?
The King David Defense doesn’t maintain as much as the comparisons of Trump and David of the Old Testament. If something, a biblical comparability of Trump with David ought to finish in how David approached his sin and wronging: with confession and a plea for forgiveness. Psalm 32, which is attributed to David, reads: “Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, ‘I will confess my transgressions to the Lord.’” Unfortunately, Trump doesn’t imagine in forgiveness. When requested if he ever requested God for forgiveness, Trump stated, “I am not sure I have. I just go on and try to do a better job from there. … I think if I do something wrong, I think, I just try and make it right. I don’t bring God into that picture.”
Bible characters aren’t there for Christians to check and excuse the immoral conduct however are there for us to listen to God’s story of how humanity messes up continually. The Bible is a narrative of God’s folks combating dwelling rightly. It’s a narrative of sin, forgiveness, redemption and grace.
If you wish to evaluate Trump to King David then learn David’s complete story. It isn’t a narrative a couple of thrice-married businessman changing into president, however a narrative of a pacesetter who was “after God’s own heart.” If you’re after God’s personal coronary heart you then take up Micah 6:eight: “Love mercy, do justly, and walk humbly with God.” I don’t suppose Donald Trump is in the enterprise of humility.