Nebraska Senator and rising conservative star Ben Sasse describes himself as a “Lutero-Calvinist.” Though he grew up and came to faith in the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod and says he is “in love with the Lutheran tradition,” he is now a member of a Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) congregation. He talks about his faith and his Reformed theology with World Magazine, excerpted and linked after the jump. I then raise some questions. [Read more…]
In Thursday’s debate, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, and John Kasich all ripped into Donald Trump. But then, in response to a question, they all agreed that if he gets the Republican nomination, they would support him.
That made me lose respect for all of these candidates. If their criticisms of Trump are true–that he is a genuinely bad man and would make a terrible president–how could they ever support him?
Since when should loyalty to a political party trump (sorry) loyalty to one’s country? Or to one’s principles?
I suppose they felt bound by their pledge in the very first debate to support the eventual nominee, which everyone but Trump–who was at the time a very unlikely winner–agreed to! But still, as it says somewhere in the Lutheran confessions, immoral vows are not binding.
Sen. Ben Sasse (R, Neb) has called out Donald Trump for all of his bragging about his sexual exploits, including adultery with married women. He asked him, in a stream of questions on Twitter:
You brag abt many affairs w/ married women. Have you repented? To harmed children & spouses? Do you think it matters?
Sen. Sasse–a fellow Lutheran whom I know personally–is raising an issue that Christian supporters of Trump like Rev. Jerry Falwell, Jr., have been steering clear of. Why is that, do you think? Doesn’t that sort of thing matter to Christians anymore?
Having set aside the requirements of being a Christian and being a conservative, many of our Christian activists are now also setting aside the requirement of good character. So what is left for a distinctly Christian political activism to support? Has being against immigration become the new single-issue voting criterion, replacing opposition to abortion? [Read more…]
A hacker–probably connected to the Chinese government–has hacked into the databases of the Office of Personnel Management, stealing personal records on some 21 million federal employees. The stolen information includes the results of security clearances, as well as coercion material on people with security clearances, meaning that this is an intelligence disaster. Nebraska freshman Senator Ben Sasse, perhaps my highest-ranking personal acquaintance, has written perceptively about this in Wired Magazine, no less. Excerpt and link after the jump.