By Scott Tibbs, May 16, 2016
As Christians, is our loyalty to the Republican Party, or to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ? Should our loyalty be to a political party that will give us better tax policy, or to the King of Kings who shed His blood and sacrificed His life to save us from eternal damnation in Hell Fire? This is the question many Christians face in how to deal with Donald Trump's moral depravity, promiscuity, adultery and womanizing.
Specifically, I mean the "christians" who got the vapors over Bill Clinton's immorality yet have no problem with Donald Trump engaging in behavior that is as bad or worse. I am pretty sure Bill Clinton never said that dodging sexually transmitted diseases was his personal Vietnam. These "christians" bring shame upon the name of Jesus Christ.
Christians either believe in Biblical sexual morality (one man, one woman, for life) or they do not. If "christians" condemn Bill Clinton for womanizing, philandering, and committing adultery, they need to condemn Donald Trump just as harshly for doing the same things Clinton has done. If they do not, they are hypocrites. A Christian's first allegiance is to be to God, not to a political party or a political leader. And many "christians" did condemn Bill Clinton for things done well in the past, before he was President.
Yes, Clinton did wicked things that Trump has not done, just as Trump has done wicked things Clinton has not done. That is not the issue here. The issue is whether "christians" actually believe in Biblical sexual morality, or if it is simply a convenient cudgel to use against Democrats but to be laid aside when it does not benefit our political ambitions.
And yes, it does bring shame upon the name of Jesus Christ when His professed followers are hypocrites. Look at how unbelievers and the culture at large reacts to Christianity as a whole when a prominent Christian is caught in terrible sin and hypocrisy. Josh Duggar is one example. Jimmy Swaggart is another. The list goes on and on.
My point here is not even political. It is theological. That's why I am condemning "christians" who refuse to submit to Christ's commandments. I do not believe that voting for Trump is sinful or a betrayal of the Gospel and I do not judge Christians who vote for the man. Different people make different decisions in how they vote based on what they think is pragmatic or the best strategy. But when it comes to morality, we need to be clear and uncompromising. Sexual sin is to be condemned whether the sinner is a Republican or a Democrat.