I’m glad to see that evangelical theologian and leader Wayne Grudem has withdrawn his previous endorsement of Donald Trump due to a realization that he is a perverse sexist. As you might remember, Grudem called Trump a “good man with flaws”, something I and many others were quick to criticize. The recently revealed footage where Trump brags about kissing women without consent and groping them caused Grudem to research Trump’s views on sex, and he came to the not very surprising conclusion that it’s very, very sinful.
What Trump was doing in that video was not just describing how he wants to sexually assault women, but how he has actually done so. Indeed, Jill Harth has testified of how Trump has groped and even tried to rape her. These horrible sins cannot be excused as past misfortunes of a changed man, because the sexist, degrading view of women that makes these actions possible have been manifestly evident in Trump’s presidential campaign. Even after he was proclaimed as a newly born-again “baby Christian” by an evangelical leader, he Tweeted in the middle of the night about a former Miss Universe he didn’t like and told people to check out a “sex tape” she allegedly was in.
In fact, when the groping video was brought up in the latest Presidential debate, Trump’s response was bizarre. Calling his bragging about sexual assault “locker room talk”, he went on claiming that “nobody has more respect for women than I do” which is clearly false and started talking about how ISIS decapitates people and how he wants to stop them, a not-so subtle attempt to switch topic and relativise sexual assault. He’s completely crazy, and we ought to pray for him since his billionaire playboy life has made him unable to act normally or think straight.
Christian Trump supporters like the guys at Charisma, a site that has consistently mixed alleged prophecies about Trump’s presidency with outright Trump propaganda, are increasingly selling their souls to immorality and stupidity. It’s popular to compare Trump with Persian king Cyrus, who was an immoral idolater whom God still used to release His people from captivity. But that logic can as easily be applied to Hillary Clinton, or Adolf Hitler. “Yes, this candidate is horrible but God might still use him” is not an argument for voting for a particular person, because God can obviously use anyone.
The Christian Trump supporter movement will be remembered as a giant misstep by evangelicals and a major sin of American Christianity. As Christianity Today rightly points out:
Enthusiasm for a candidate like Trump gives our neighbors ample reason to doubt that we believe Jesus is Lord. They see that some of us are so self-interested, and so self-protective, that we will ally ourselves with someone who violates all that is sacred to us—in hope, almost certainly a vain hope given his mendacity and record of betrayal, that his rule will save us.
And again, Trump’s character and unfitness for presidency has been obvious from the very start. As a friend of mine wrote on Facebook: anyone realising now that Trump is immoral is like someone realising that Voldemort is the bad guy in the 7th Harry Potter book.