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.