A Phoenix Seminary professor Wayne Grudem published a piece called “Why Voting for Donald Trump is a Morally Good Choice,” in which the teacher of ethics purports to assuage the guilty consciences of Christian Trump voters. Why would Christians feel conflicted about their Trump support? Grudem himself explains:
He is egotistical, bombastic, and brash. He often lacks nuance in his statements. Sometimes he blurts out mistaken ideas (such as bombing the families of terrorists) that he later must abandon. He insults people. He can be vindictive when people attack him. He has been slow to disown and rebuke the wrongful words and actions of some angry fringe supporters. He has been married three times and claims to have been unfaithful in his marriages.
But Grudem goes on to say that it is morally right — and good — to support Trump anyway. Here’s are 3 reasons Grudem is wrong.
1. He creates a fictional version of Donald Trump that is much better than the real version.
Grudem describes a fictional Trump who will be, as David French wrote, better than ever other Republican president. “Every single Republican president has failed and appoint the judges who will overturn Roe. He’ll cut taxes, ease racial tensions, rebuild the military, secure our borders, stand up to Russia, and repeal ObamaCare – all while replacing it with a superior free-market alternative. Grudem’s Trump makes Ronald Reagan look like a loser.”