|Jerry Falwell, Jr.|
I think this time evangelicals are looking at different issues than they have in the past because they are trying to save the country. I think the security of the country, the economy, maybe next time they will be looking at social issues more like they did in the past. But I think this time, I heard a very prominent pastor . . . tell me just this week that if we don’t save the country then abortion, traditional marriage, all those social issues are going to be a moot point. We’ve got to save the country first. And I believe and many evangelicals, a majority of evangelicals, believe that Donald Trump is best equipped to save the country in those areas.Sarah Palin argued something similar in her devotional book, Sweet Freedom. She implied that God may want Christians to support candidates without Christian values because those candidates can protect the nation best.
“In the Bible, the leaders God chooses to advance His purpose are a diverse bunch, and none of them is perfect. In the Old Testament, God even used Babylon’s King Nebuchadnezzar to protect and promote Daniel and his Jewish friends to important, influential positions over the city.”Well, not exactly. The same Nebuchadnezzar tried to throw Daniel’s three friends into a fiery furnace because they wouldn’t bow down and worship the image he set up. (Daniel 3) It took divine intervention to save them and their fellow Jews from Nebuchadnezzar’s wicked policy.
Nebuchadnezzar was chosen as an instrument of punishment for Judah and destruction if the people of Judah didn’t return to God. (Jeremiah 27, Ezekiel 23:23-31) Nebuchadnezzar wasn’t chosen as an instrument to lead the Jewish nation to a safe, profitable existence. Nor were Cyrus (Ezra 1) and Darius (Ezra 6) chosen for that even though each had an important role in providing for the return of some of the Jewish captives to Jerusalem and the rebuilding of the Temple.
Greta, being the polite person she is, did not ask Falwell about Trump’s praise for Planned Parenthood. But, embarrassment over that praise seems to be the reason Falwell was trying to explain why abortion wasn’t a big deal to evangelicals this election.
murder of 6 million babies in the United States in the last 40 years. The ongoing killing of those babies at a current clip of 325,000 a year is one of the social issues Falwell and evangelicals are not concerned about until economic and security problems are handled. A candidate who has made a payroll is more important than a candidate who opposes an organization which kill 325,000 babies a year.
The remnant of Judah tried something similar after the fall of Jerusalem. They fled to Egypt for protection from Nebuchadnezzar despite God clearly telling them not to do so. They also said they were going to continue worshiping other gods since worshiping Jehovah had not worked out so well for them. (Jeremiah 42-44) They did not seek to follow God, stop killing babies, treat the poor right, or turn from idolatry. (Jeremiah 7)
They thought their very existence was in the balance, so they disobeyed Jeremiah’s instructions and went to Egypt which looked like a going society that could keep Nebuchadnezzar at bay. Egypt was making its payroll.
The remnant Jews were right. Their very existence was in grave danger. They just chose the wrong way to insure their safety and prosperity. They trusted in practical measures rather than in God.
One doesn't get security by ignoring God’s laws and values until the “big” crisis is over. Ignoring them is the crisis. That’s a lesson Jerry Falwell, Jr., and too many other evangelical voters have not learned.