“Why are Christians giving the President a pass?”
“Why do evangelicals excuse the Presidents questionable actions?”
“Why aren’t people of faith speaking out against the President’s moral flaws?”
If you watch the mainstream media or if you have recently participated in a political discussion about faith and politics, perhaps you have heard questions like this. In light of this matter, our Family Policy Alliance President and CEO, Paul Weber recently penned a great article titled, “Perfect Values & Imperfect Leaders,” and, this week, I would like to share some of the highlights with you.
In the article, Paul notes that the 2016 Presidential Election largely came down to this – “a morally flawed candidate [in Donald Trump] who made promises that largely aligned with our values” versus “a morally flawed candidate [in Hillary Clinton] who made promises that absolutely violated our values.” We all know the outcome – given these choices, the majority of evangelical Christians went with Trump.
Fast-forward to the present, and as a Christian ministry working in the public square, Family Policy Alliance now finds itself often “advocating for the pro-family policies we support, advanced by a leader whose behavior we do not.”
As Paul states: “…we cheer when President Trump promises to end tax payer funding for abortion (we’re still waiting Mr. President), nominates Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court and advocates for more like him, appoints Cabinet members that affirm Christian values, and implements fiscal policy that helps strengthen the family. But we groan in frustration with his tweets, his schoolyard bullying, and reject his deplorable behavior with and toward women.”
So, are Christians giving the President a pass? I don’t believe so. In fact, I believe most Christians lament and reject his immoral words and actions. At the same time, we should celebrate his accomplishments, particularly when they relate to issues of faith, family, life, and religious freedom.
But most important, we should be praying for our President. 1 Timothy 2:1-4 says, “I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.”
So, if President Trump is not on your prayer list, please add him and join me in praying for him this week, in accordance with this passage – that he would (1) lead a peaceful and quiet life, (2) be godly and dignified in every way, and (3) that he would come to the knowledge of the truth.
God bless you and have a wonderful week!
President and Executive Director
To read Paul Weber’s article, “Perfect Values & Imperfect Leaders,” in its entirety, please click here.