Christians are not hypocrites for supporting Donald Trump

Are Christians hypocrites for supporting Donald Trump? The easy and simplistic answer is yes. The correct answer is no, but the answer to that question requires some nuance, and to recognize that some Christians who support Trump are hypocrites. It also requires us to split that answer into three separate time frames.

2015 – 2016

I certainly was very frustrated with Christians who supported Trump in 2015 and 2016 in the Republican primary race. We had a large number of qualified candidates, and yet many Christians supported a thrice-married adulterer and philanderer with questionable business ethics. I still maintain that a Christian should not have supported nominating Trump over the others.

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We should be more invested in local government

Matt Walsh set off a firestorm of outrage when he said “99.9999 percent of your daily life and existence will be completely unaffected by the results today” on Election Day. But here is a little spoiler: Walsh is right. (Of course, there is an important qualification.)

How often do you interact with the federal government in your day-to-day life? Unless you have a federal job, your interaction with them is extremely limited. Yes, there are exceptions, but can we please get out of the silly habit of determining a general truth by a few limited exceptions? To most people, what the federal government does has no impact on their lives.

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President Trump was wrong to force Jeff Sessions to resign

Note: I sent this letter to President Trump earlier this month.

Mr. President,

I am writing you to express my sincere disappointment in your decision to ask your attorney general to resign. I believe you have a fundamental misunderstanding of the role of the attorney general and his legal and ethical obligations. You have an overinflated sense of what “loyalty” means, and that was an unfair and impossible standard for a good and ethical man like Jeff Sessions. Frankly, I think Sessions should have forced you to fire him instead of resigning.

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Congressional districts are not gerrymandered

Printed in the Herald-Times, November 12, 2018.

To the Editor:

Now that Trey Hollingsworth has been re-elected, we will hear the inevitable whining about “gerrymandering” of the Ninth District.

It is impossible for me to take Democrats seriously on this subject, after Democrats in control of the legislature drew a Fourth District that used a sliver of Monroe County to put Lawrence County into the Fourth District in 2001. This took the heavily Republican county away from John Hostettler’s district and kept it away from Baron Hill, putting Bedford in the same district as Purdue but not as IU.

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Should Republicans stop running for office in Monroe County?

Spoiler: The answer is an emphatic “no.”

I heard some grumbling after the election that “Republicans should not run for offices they know they will lose,” because it damages the other candidates who are in winnable races – specifically state legislative races in Monroe County. But despite the heavy turnout among Democrats in Monroe County, Republicans dominated the two most contested races. The Republican candidate won in District 62 by a margin of 11,483 to 6,613. The Republican candidate won in District 60 by a margin of 13,734 to 6,611 votes.

But by that logic no Republican should run for anything at all in Monroe County, outside of Republican townships like Van Buren and Richland. I simply cannot agree with that. I do not and will not accept automatic one party rule with no opposition from the Republican Party. I do not accept that Democrats should not even be challenged at the county level, or at the city level for that matter.

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Resentment and revenge

This is what is wrong with “progressive” economic policy:

When you base your policy on resentment and revenge, you hurt everyone by dragging the entire economy down. That includes the working class.

Romans 13:1-4

Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.

For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same: For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.

Thanksgiving 2018

A few verses from God’s holy Word for Thanksgiving:

♣ Give thanks unto the LORD, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the people. — 1 Chronicles 16:8

♣ Therefore will I give thanks unto thee, O LORD, among the heathen, and sing praises unto thy name. — Psalm 18:49

♣ Sing unto the LORD, O ye saints of his, and give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness. — Psalm 30:4

♣ Unto thee, O God, do we give thanks, unto thee do we give thanks: for that thy name is near thy wondrous works declare. — Psalm 75:1

♣ Praise ye the LORD. O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever. — Psalm 106:1

♣ But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. — 1 Corinthians 15:57

♣ Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place. — 2 Corinthians 2:14

♣ Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. — Philippians 4:6

♣ And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him. — Colossians 3:17

♣ In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. — 1 Thessalonians 5:18

May God bless you as you enjoy this holiday.