Over the weekend, Pete Buttigieg — the latest in the long line of Democrat candidates — criticized conservative Christians for their unflinching support of President Trump.
"It's something that really frustrates me, because the hypocrisy is unbelievable," Buttigieg said on NBC programming for the DNC formerly called "Meet the Press." He continued, "I just don't understand how you can be as worshipful of your own self as [Trump] is and be prepared to humble yourself before God. I've never seen him humble himself before anyone."
It is absolutely true that President Trump doesn’t fit the mold of the traditional, mild-mannered, humble Republican. He didn’t discover God to help him overcome his alcoholism, like George W. Bush, nor has he shown lifelong devotion to his church, like Mitt Romney. Yet still the most loyal of Trump’s supporters are regular church-goers.
And it’s specifically because he isn’t traditional, mild-mannered, or humble.
In recent years, the far left (which has become the mainstream left) has shown unrelenting hostility toward Christianity, despite their fatuous claims of how tolerant they are.
Activists and even elected officials openly attack schools, public figures, and companies for their religious affiliation. They seek to undermine historical preservation, push “Ban the Bible” laws, and force churches to pay for abortions. Their assault on traditional values includes disturbing trends like the normalization of pedophilia, depriving parental rights over transgenderism, and the new trend of Blue State abortion-upon-birth.
All of this is folded into the left’s bizarre Islamophilia. They’ll criticize conservative Christianity for its support of traditional gender roles and sexual mores, but blithely look the other way on Islam’s many offenses on the subject. The left-wing press explodes when there’s anti-Muslim violence, such as in New Zealand, but is utterly silent in the face of overwhelming Islamist violence against Christians, such as the ongoing horrors in Nigeria.
And in the presence of such an organized, powerful attack on one of the institutions that has held society together for 2,000 years, conservative Christians thought — strangely enough — they needed to draft someone who would fight back. In a time of peace, a diplomat is fine. But in a war, you need a warrior.
Just ask God, who has a history of hiring imperfect people.
According to biblical tradition, Saul was the first king of Israel, but he consorted with witches. Jonah was so disobedient he defied God both before and after successfully converting the city of Nineveh. Solomon had hordes of concubines but his name is synonymous with wisdom. Paul helped Romans murder Christians before become their greatest missionary. Noah was kind of a drunk. And Jesus whipped people when they blasphemed his temple.
Now, this is not to suggest that God himself put Donald Trump in the White House, as some have, but if Buttigieg and others criticize support for Trump on the basis of scripture, they should perhaps review said scripture first.
In undermining Christianity in the public square, so-called progressives used to make innocuous appeals to traditional Enlightenment values of the separation of church and state. But now it’s much more sinister, with said progressivism unknowingly demonstrating its own primitive religious behavior. Becoming “woke” is being “born again.” Intersectionalism is creating a caste system. Twitter harassment campaigns are fatwas. Tearing down monuments is burning pagan idols. Outlawing “hate” speech creates blasphemy laws.
And like many primitive religions, progressives won’t rest until they’ve converted everyone — by force, if necessary.
There is no evidence that Buttigieg, if president, would demonstrate the same kind of hostility toward conservative Christianity as has his fellow Democrats. But there’s also no evidence that he wouldn’t, or — if not him — his appointees. After all, the same people will populate the next Democrat Administration (shudder) regardless of which Democrat might land in the Oval Office.
Buttigieg seems more open than other Democrats to realizing the important role that faith plays in public life. This already makes his candidacy more interesting than the endless parade of socialists, race-baiters, and narcissists. Still, it will take a lot to convince people to promote someone to president whose biggest job otherwise has been running South Bend, an Indiana town no bigger than than the fictional Pawnee from “Parks and Rec.”
Either way, it’s fun for many of us to see so many Democrats competing to become their party’s sacrificial lamb in 2020.
Jared Whitley is a long-time politico who has worked in the U.S. Congress, White House, and defense industry. He is an award-winning writer, having won best blogger in the state from the Utah Society of Professional Journalists (2018) and best columnist from Best of the West (2016). He earned his MBA from Hult International Business School in Dubai. To read more of his reports — Click Here Now.
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