Jerry Falwell Jr.’s Christian Defense Of Donald Trump Has To Be Seen To Be Believed

Jerry Falwell Jr.’s Christian Defense Of Donald Trump Has To Be Seen To Be Believed January 1, 2019

(Source: Twitter)

I know, I know.

The headline seems like clickbait.

But I promise it’s not.

Jerry Falwell Jr. granted an interview to The Washington Post today in which, to their credit, they ask him some pretty direct questions about his support for Donald Trump in light of his claims to also be a Christian.

To be fair, once upon a time I tried to offer a Christian defense of Donald Trump too, but, well, Falwell had a few more words to say than I did.

Obviously any attempt to defend Donald Trump from a Christian perspective is inherently going to be bonkers because Trump is – in the very literal sense of the word  – anti-Christ in countless ways, but Falwell forges on anyway and what he has to say is, frankly, breathtaking in its delusion and idolatry.

Falwell’s defense begins with the sort of moral relativism that has become common place among conservative, Trump-loving Christians who suddenly and selectively believe that their religious convictions shouldn’t carry over to their political beliefs.

“It’s such a distortion of the teachings of Jesus to say that what he taught us to do personally — to love our neighbors as ourselves, help the poor — can somehow be imputed on a nation.”

Ironically, this is the very sort of moral relativism from the very same people who once fervently warned me about the threat of liberals and their moral relativism.

But Falwell doesn’t stop there.

He’s gotta take thing up a notch because I think somewhere deep down in the dark recesses of his mind he knows what he is saying is absurd. So he just leans into the absurd and hopes nobody will remember that Jesus said literally the opposite of what Falwell claims Jesus said.

Here’s Jerry’s version of what Jesus said….

“[Jesus] went out of his way to say that’s the earthly kingdom, I’m about the heavenly kingdom and I’m here to teach you how to treat others, how to help others, but when it comes to serving your country, you render unto Caesar that which is Caesar’s.”

And here’s what Jesus himself actually said….

“Our Father who art in heaven,
    hallowed be Thy name,
 Thy kingdom come,
 Thy will be done,
    on earth as it is in heaven.”

It’s a pretty bold strategy to claim something so quickly and easily disproven by literally anyone who ever attended Sunday School, but Falwell was just getting warmed up.

If you’re going to live in an alternate reality, you’ve gotta put down roots. You can’t just vacation. And Jerry proved beyond any doubt he doesn’t have a timeshare in Trumpland. He’s a permanent and proud resident who’s brought his own version of the Bible…

“The government should be led by somebody who is going to do what’s in the best interest of the government and its people. And I believe that’s what Jesus thought, too.”

And, of course, his own alternative facts….

“This midterm, the president did better than the average president does in his first midterms. So I think the message is that the American people are happy with the direction the country is headed…”

And my personal favorite….

“What earns him my support is his business acumen. Our country was so deep in debt and so mismanaged by career politicians that we needed someone who was not a career politician, but someone who’d been successful in business to run the country like a business. That’s the reason I supported him.”

Quick reminder: Donald Trump has declared bankruptcy SIX TIMES and the only reason he has any wealth at all is because he inherited from his father through shady and often illegal tax schemes.

Speaking of money, Jesus once warned, “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.”

Jerry took that as an invitation to pick a new master.

Is there anything President Trump could do that would endanger that support from you or other evangelical leaders?

No.

Shocked by the short answer, the interviewer offered Falwell a chance to elaborate and he shared what I can only assume is the mantra recited at every Cult 45 service…

“I know that he only wants what’s best for this country, and I know anything he does, it may not be ideologically “conservative,” but it’s going to be what’s best for this country, and I can’t imagine him doing anything that’s not good for the country.”

As a faithful conservative, Falwell made sure he also didn’t miss the chance to take a jab at the poor…

“A poor person never gave anyone a job. A poor person never gave anybody charity, not of any real volume. It’s just common sense to me.”

Unfortunately for Falwell, what is “common sense” to him, doesn’t make such great sense to Jesus…

“As Jesus looked up, he saw the rich putting their gifts into the temple treasury. He also saw a poor widow put in two very small copper coins.  “Truly I tell you,” he said, “this poor widow has put in more than all the others. All these people gave their gifts out of their wealth; but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.” – Luke 21:1-4

But Jerry doesn’t have time for that nonsense.

A new savior has arrived, and according to Jerry, he deserves our allegiance. In fact, it would be practically immoral if we didn’t cast down our cloaks before him.

“It may be immoral for [evangelicals] not to support him, because he’s got African American employment to record highs, Hispanic employment to record highs. They need to look at what the president did for the poor.”

Yikes.

It’s almost as if Jerry Falwell Jr. has never read the Bible before.

But that couldn’t be true…could it?

Look, I know none of this interview is particularly revelatory or breaking new ground. We all knew Jerry Falwell Jr. was head over heels in idolatrous love with Donald Trump, but when you see it all in one place, it’s truly breathtaking.

Especially when you remember Jerry’s not alone.

He’s just saying what 81% of white evangelicals already believe.

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  • jfg7771

    You missed one.
    Mark 12:17 Then Jesus said to them, “Give back to Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what is God’s.” And they were amazed at him.

  • jfg7771

    But you did a evilly job in vilifying a Christian and Christianity. It is obvious you are not familiar with the old testament Rulers and Kings that God favored. Because none of them were perfect either.
    I am sure you are know this verse also. Matthew 7:5 You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.

  • Guillermo Martinez

    Trump was elected to the Presidency with the support of the KKK and American Nazi Party… If you voted for him, you’re complicit in the evil they stand for…

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/5c43a98004092f4101ab8417ee2ec7a109cb328314cc6eacfc162992408c0b95.png https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/284ed313f3ba34509bf2e58a1821e1c00f3b4d73d44e396d10e2d5d7002f8f63.jpg

  • Ned Lemon

    Just breathe. Look outside of yourself. Really try to pray with the good news. Don’t feel challenged or frightened. Just an unsolicited suggestion.

  • a r tompkins

    Trump has claimed he could “shoot somebody on 5th avenue and not lose supporters” – in that statement, he disparaged the objectivity and integrity of each and every one of his continued supporters. He basically said, “there is nothing I could do for which I would be impeached.” in other words, he became “king”, aided by a minority electorate blinded by hate and revenge that a black man had been elected president and that a woman was just about to be.

  • Nora

    Thanks for a very thought-provoking article! One comment….the last line about the 81%…..I consider myself “evangelical” and I certainly don’t align myself either Falwell or Trump. Not all of us fell under that spell! I am just stunned by what some of my “evangelical” friends believe! I wonder if some of those within the 81% are just sheep following the crowd. That, in itself, is scary.

  • Robert Conner

    Evangelicals have no moral core. Never had. Never will have.

    http://new.exchristian.net/2019/01/the-second-cyrus-and-his-court-eunuchs.html

  • jhampl

    That just goes to show why “Judeo-Christian” values (a term seldom used by the Judeo half of the term), used as a sword to demonize #MarriageEquality, is a scam.

    “Judeo-Christian” values must refer to the Old Testament since the Jews have never believed Jesus is the Messiah, making the New Testament a fairy tale in their eyes.

    So let’s look at the “Judeo-Christian” history of “traditional marriage” as the Almighty ordained: oddly enough, God smiled upon a whole lot of non-traditional sex acts for His married patriarchs.

    Incest, polyamory, adultery, polygamy, levirate marriage, wife abandonment, pimping out one’s wife … .

    Two men falling in love and committing to cherish and support each other till death do they part seems absolutely calm compared to the sexual shenanigans of what “Judeo-Christian” values really say about marriage.

  • Susan M Khaury

    We have two choices when we vote for a president, (unless we want to throw away our vote on a third party candidate). On the issue of abortion alone, Donald Trump was and is the obvious choice. He has also defended Israel, more than once, and that is a major issue for me. The Bible says “I will bless those who bless you,” referring to the Jewish people. He also has stood up for freedom of religion, and has appointed judges and Supreme Court Justices who will do the same. He has also put millions back to work and helped to lift them out of poverty. I also support his efforts to stop illegal immigration. Christians should never be in favor of lawlessness. Leftist Democrats are also starting to label Christian churches, (such as the Salvation Army) as hate groups, and Democrats have launched many lawsuits against Christians who refuse to compromise their beliefs with regard to participating in gay marriage rites. It is Democrats who have proposed laws that would make it illegal to publish a book that is in any way critical of homosexuality. Theoretically that would make the Bible illegal. When persecution comes to the American church, it will come from the left. In fact it already has begun.

  • Anjasha Freed

    tompkins said: “He basically said, “there is nothing I could do for which I would be
    impeached.” in other words, he became “king”, aided by a minority
    electorate blinded by hate and revenge that a black man had been elected
    president and that a woman was just about to be.”

    You think he became king?
    You think he thinks he became king?
    You think he thinks his supporters think he became king?

    You need to clarify.

  • Anjasha Freed

    There’s less than 10,000 members of the KKK in the whole country. Probably more like 5,000.

    The KKK are a fraction of a single percentage of the USA population.

    They had nothing to do with getting Trump elected.

    Why do you have a picture of a 1920s Klan rally from Binghamton, New York? NY voted for Clinton in 2016.

  • fractal

    Boo
    Hoo.

    Your ilk wants to vilify EVERY religion that isn’t passing your nasty litmus test for Fascist Christianity.
    And the Atheists also get vilified.
    Along with the Feminists.
    The Immigrants.
    The urban poor.
    The single mother.
    The scientists that dare to challenge your belief system.
    The environmentalists.
    The community organizers—unless of course, they are Christian missionaries…
    Gun control advocates

    Need I go on?
    I could, for at least 50 more examples.

    Y’all got a persecution complex—that’s OK, I was raised Catholic, so I know all about how that works.
    Get over yourself and get some meds for that flaming amygdala of yours.

  • Mark Tyrrell

    Early in the 2016 campaign the Black American economist Dr. Thomas Sowell hit the nail right on the head when he said that if Donald Trump and Hilary Clinton were truly the very best that the Republicans and Democrats could do, America is in serious trouble. The recent public beheadings of 37 people in Saudi Arabia present challenges to both Mr. Trump and Mrs. Clinton.

    Almost immediately after his inauguration President Trump made Saudi Arabia the destination of his first state visit abroad. He stated that he and the Saudis share the same values. Question: After the beheadings, does President Trump still hold this opinion?

    Indeed, two Muslim Canadians explained to me at the time that one has to look behind the scenes to see what is really happening. The Saudis, they asserted have Donald Trump in their back pocket and are using him against the Shias. (read, Iranians)

    For Mrs. Clinton the challenge is the reported $25 million that the Clinton Foundation has received from the Saudi government. Do the beheadings mean that the foundation will no longer accept Saudi money?

  • Minka Kielbasa

    Jerry Falwell jr regularly gets in line to tongue trumps poopchute

  • Minka Kielbasa

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    SusanMKhaury
    This important message just came in for you from the tangerine wankmaggot himself

  • Illuminati Recruitment Service

    OK, tell me what doesn’t belong to God?

  • Richard Treptow

    >>>>”He’s just saying what 81% of white evangelicals already believe.”
    Do you not understand that many, many of the 81% simply voted against Hillary? That does not equate to agreeing with Jerry Falwell, Jr.

  • IntelliWriter

    Evangelicals are doing more to create atheists than Satan himself ever could. Thanks faux Christians!

  • Ocelot Aardvark

    Baloney! Anyone, using any excuse, to vote for that Obscene-Orange-Oaf, TЯ卐m₽, has put the Mark of the Beast in their own forehead.

    There were several other options available which would not be voting for Hillary Clinton … among them are NOT VOTING at all, and voting for a
    3rd Party candidate. Instead, 81% of Evangelicals hate Brown people more than they love Christ … voted for TЯ卐m₽ >–> the Beast!

  • Ocelot Aardvark

    The obsession of Evangelicals (81%) to support, condone, defend, vote for, and worship TЯ卐m₽ >–> the Beast,
    has turned the once “Bride of Christ” into the “Harlot of Babylon”.

  • I’m curious how you’ve rationalized the incessant lying and egotism? Or, that after the second bankruptcy he realized he could recklessly overreach as much as he wanted, and other people would pick up the tab?

  • Clyde Wood

    Jerry Falwell Jr. and other Christian leaders need to do some careful thinking about their public statements and influence.

    I have too many friends who don’t question what these preachers and authors say. Christian leaders, being human, also fail and should be listened to, but with discernment. For example, they tend to forget to carefully differentiate between scripture and their opinion. They also tend to be gullible and suffer the same pride and power issues the rest of us have.

    Too many Christian leaders, in my opinion, have been duped by Trumps lying and practice of doing whatever it takes to get support. Continued support makes Christian’s complicit in Trumps lies, misogyny, vindictive disrespect, obstruction of justice, etc. Furthermore, Christian leaders are demonstrating that they value political power more than their witnesses standing on principle.

  • Debi Lovell

    ? did you bother to ask God…..

  • Sporkfighter

    Me.

  • Christiane Smith

    it is hard not to see clearly just how much Trump is appreciated and by whom. We can see for ourselves . . . . . . . . it’s back again, not much changed: ‘alles ins Ordnung bringen mit grundlichheit’
    and may God have mercy, the kind of cleansing mercy of which Flannery O’Connor wrote:
    “GO WARN THE CHILDREN OF GOD OF THE TERRIBLE SPEED OF MERCY.’

    If, in telling the truth about what Trump is, you have to also acknowledge that America’s neo-Nazis love the guy,
    then how do you reconcile bending your knee to Trump
    with the Royal Law of Jesus Christ, the Kyrios, the Lord of the Cosmos? Two masters?
    Please reconsider. Go back, run back to the Holy Gospels of the Lord before its too late. God Bless!

    https://youtu.be/1o6-bi3jlxk

  • Peter Cohen

    “Look, I know none of this interview is particularly revelatory or breaking new ground. We all knew Jerry Falwell Jr. was head over heels in idolatrous love with Donald Trump, but when you see it all in one place, it’s truly breathtaking.” Jerry Falwell is also a Zionist, head-over-heels in love and blindly supportive of the people who reject Jesus as King and who try to take hold of the Land in the Middle East by political power and military might and weapons and money supplied by USA – while hardening their hearts against the Holy Spirit. To them, the LORD still says, “Not by power nor by might, but by My Spirit.”

  • barbariansareatthegates

    Then again, I sometimes wonder how many Christian leaders aren’t Christians. At least in the sense of the evangelical Baptist born again sense of the term. I know little of Falwell Jr., and not a lot more of his father even when he was still alive. But I do know about the tenets of Baptist faith and doctrine which are the roots of the Falwells. Just because Jerry F. heads the university and empire his father created, doesn’t automatically mean he takes to heart what he professes. Christians of convenience have always been, and still are all too common. And the mixing of faith and politics is never anything but a toxic brew, with faith usually on the losing side. Like many things, the digital internet revolution has given a much larger, stronger, and united voice to those who dismiss religion as nothing more than brainwashing mythology. Not too long ago, if you were a church-goer, fine. It was you do your thing and I’ll do mine, but we’ll get along. Now when it comes to matters of faith, the non-belief side is loud, sometimes vicious, quick to point out failings, and unfortunately, often have facts on their side when it comes to hypocrisy. I cringe whenever I come across most of the television evangelists while watching television. And for those pastors who have regular contact with Trump, and claim that at heart he is a man of faith? It is an astounding state of affairs.

  • Clyde Wood

    Thanks. I couldn’t agree more!

  • Renee N Haragsim

    This is unfortunate to see this here. We come to this site to seek help,
    not read about political opinions. I didn’t expect these kinds of political
    arguments/opinions here. We come here to seek help, peace and to
    escape this volatile world. Hope you keep this site purely for counseling related matters.
    Thank you!

  • Steve Bailey

    And what did Jesus intend by this statement? That nothing belongs to Caesar and all belongs to God and the reign of God among us. An interpretation implying a separation of politics and spiritual living is entirely false and wrenches this passage out of context. Alas much of American faux Christianity revels in Biblical ignorance – as Mr. Falwell does. His comments in this interview are appalling in their lack of integrity.

  • Steve Bailey

    Unfortunately, your understanding of Old Testament historical writing is severely flawed. Such arguments belie a superficial understanding of Scripture that has done great damage to Christian witness. You might begin to deepen your understanding by reading John Dominic Crossan’s comprehensive reading of Scripture in terms of the struggle between retributive and restorative justice as a way of looking at the tension expressed by the writers of Scripture.

  • James Elliott

    It’s nothing i’m not feeling, friend. But i think the real tragedy is that there was a time when Evangelicals did have a moral core and then exchanged it for power. I’m remembering that there was a time when the Southern Baptist Convention passed resolutions supporting a woman’s right to choose, for instance. Or when they believed, as President Jimmy Carter (who at least used to be considered Evangelical) does, that we should value compassion above political advantage. Again, that’s the tragedy in all this…there’s been so much lost.

  • Tim Koop

    Trump is God’s choice for president despite his many flaws and weaknesses. He may not be the shining example of a mature Christian, but he is still God’s choice. He’s the commander in chief, not the pastor in chief. (I’m not making excuses for his actions; he needs to repent just like the rest of us)