Did Donald Trump “accept Christ”?

Many evangelicals believe that a person becomes a Christian by making a “decision for Christ,” an act of the will, usually involving saying some version of “the sinner’s prayer,” in which the person “accepts Christ.”  We Lutherans certainly believe in conversion, though not construing that as an act of the will, as such, but rather as the Holy Spirit’s creation of faith by means of Baptism and the Word of God.  But some evangelicals treat the “decision for Christ” like Catholics treat Baptism, as being effective ex opere operatoapart from actual faith.

Anyway, lots of conservative Christians of every stripe have problems with Donald Trump.  But James Dobson, who once opposed Trump but now serves on his evangelical advisory board, said that he was told that Trump was “led to Christ” by the controversial prosperity gospel TV preacher Paula White.  That means that the presumptive Republican presidential candidate is a “baby Christian,” who doesn’t understand the language and practices of mature Christians, but who is a Christian nonetheless.  The implication is that Evangelicals should cut him some slack while still being able to vote for him in good conscience.

Read about this after the jump.  What do you think about it?   [Read more…]

Hillary Clinton let off the hook

The FBI director scolded Hillary Clinton for her illegal e-mail set-up and her careless handling of classified information.  But then he said that no charges would be filed against her.

“Although there is evidence of potential violations of the statutes regarding the handling of classified information,” he said,  “our judgment is that no reasonable prosecutor would bring such a case. Prosecutors necessarily weigh a number of factors before deciding whether to bring charges.”  Of course they do.  And one factor for administration prosecutors is that the violator of the statutes is the presumptive Democratic nominee for president. [Read more…]

Trump vs. Clinton on religious liberty

At Donald Trump’s conclave with evangelical leaders, he notably dodged the religious liberty questions.  That’s understandable, since Trump supports the LGTB cause , the source of the current efforts to punish Christians and Christian organizations for holding to their religious beliefs about sexual morality.

But surely Hillary Clinton would be worse than Trump on religious liberty issues, wouldn’t she?  Maggie Gallagher thinks otherwise, after the jump.  She argues that if Clinton is elected, Christians could oppose her from the base of a major political party.  But if Trump is elected, both parties would have abandoned the issues, and Christians would have no political advocates.  Do you agree with her reasoning?
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The FBI’s interrogation of Hillary Clinton

The FBI questioned Hillary Clinton for over three hours on Saturday about her private e-mail system and whether or not it put government secrets in jeopardy.  That means the FBI’s investigation is drawing to a close, and we should know soon whether or not the former Secretary of State will be indicted.

Chris Cilizza, who discusses the situation after the jump, notes that she does not have the 2,383 pledged delegates necessary for the Democratic presidential nomination.  She has 2,220, which means she will need the super-delegates to put her over the top.  An indictment would threaten her nomination.  Then again, if she isn’t indicted, that will hurt her politically also. [Read more…]

Donald Trump’s “personal Vietnam”

Donald Trump dodged the Vietnam War, but he has said that he feels “like a great and very brave soldier” who endured “my personal Vietnam”:  risking sexually transmitted diseases! [Read more…]

Ben Sasse, the anti-Trump

As other Republicans keep equivocating, Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse is the only Republican in the Senate to consistently oppose Donald Trump.  And he is paying a price for it.  But Sasse, a Lutheran, is standing firm.  An interesting profile after the jump. [Read more…]


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