Over the last several months, I’ve been very critical of Donald Trump’s supporters. It seemed that the majority of them were unable to describe what it was about his policies or principles that made them want to vote for him. Any questions I asked of them were answered with a combination of stump speech sound bites, nationalistic fervor, or poorly designed memes. That was a representation of the initial base, but things have changed. There are people who clearly have a brain but who are starting to follow Trump. It took a while, but I finally understand the appeal.
Ted Cruz has been one of the only candidates who has stood by his faith unabashedly throughout his adult life. He doesn’t just use religion as a campaign tool. Instead, he has a faithful belief in the role of God in our lives and for our country.
It’s not for men to judge other men when it comes to their faith and their relationship with Jesus Christ. However, it is our duty to understand the hearts of our teachers, clergy, and most importantly our leaders. Today, Donald Trump confirmed what we’ve thought for a long time: he has no idea what true Christianity really is.
As most of our readers know, I’m not supporting Marco Rubio for President. I think he’s a very decent candidate but unfortunately he’s abandoned his Tea Party roots to be the flavor of the week for the Republican Establishment. With that said, I give credit where it’s due and Rubio’s statement on faith and politics deserves to be known.
It may be the biggest challenge facing America today. So many people, perhaps a majority, seem to be heading towards the “mushy middle” that is popular in politics but that has no place in Christianity. It isn’t just the loss of faith that has hurt the country. It’s the willingness of many to accept certain secular aspects of life that belong in the realm of faith.
Christians around the country are embracing the ideas that Donald Trump has floated about temporarily banning Muslims from immigrating into the United States. While it’s far from universal, the opinion polls point to a distinct appreciation of the idea by Evangelicals and Catholics. If they value their own religious freedoms, they should consider the consequences of Trump’s ideas.
When we think of radical Islamic terrorists, we often picture people in desperate situations who succumb to the pulls of an ideology that empowers them in some way. This western mentality is completely inaccurate and the San Bernardino shooters are most likely examples of the true attributes of radicalization that threatens the world more than anything else. They were living the American dream by most accounts. They had a baby to raise and prospects were good for their future. These facts didn’t chance their allegiance to the Islamic State.
The battle for the soul of the country has been raging since the 1960s, but for the first time it would appear that the liberal and anti-Christian mindsets are truly starting to prevail. At the center of the debate is the battle over gender identity. I’m not going to argue that gender identity rights are wrong. I’m going to argue that there’s no such thing as gender identity in the first place.
These days, everyone has an audience that we didn’t previously have, thanks to social media sites. They allow us the ability to vent, muse, and share with our audience whatever crosses our minds at any given moment. There are many people who use this platform with the best of intentions, but there a select few who seem to exist only to shame others. Profess your political beliefs, and start a somewhat friendly debate, but profess your faith, and be prepared for some people to react in an entirely different way, altogether. Welcome to the generation of faith-shaming.
It’s so easy to be a liberal. There are very few moral or ethical roadblocks in their way, not because their morals or ethics are higher but because they use them so conveniently depending on the shifting landscape of their political doctrine.