Hypocrisy- A deal with the devil
A battle rages on in an already lost war
The Evangelicals’ have been losing battle after battle over social issues, but they seem to think they can still win the war. With loss after loss, main stream America has moved away from the oppressive teachings of the church and toward an acceptance that everyone should be free to live his or her life to its fullest. From the civil rights movement, the legalization of same sex marriage, to transgender rights, to a complete push to remove religion from all government institutions, each case went against the church’s beliefs and weakened their grip on society.
Their savior has arrived in an unlikely character, Donald Trump. A man who stands in stark contrast to all those who feel they hold the moral high ground. They chose as their standard bearer, a man completely void of moral beliefs. In most cases, a man like Donald Trump would have been despised by all Evangelicals. He’s the kind of friend, your wife forbids you, to go out alone with, for fear he might corrupt and steel your very soul. He would be the guy no Evangelical father would ever allow his daughter to date or be seen with, let alone marry and bring into the family. Yet the Evangelical Institution embraced him with open arms. Why, in some hope they could turn the tide, not just win some battles, but win the war. In their desperate attempt, they may have put the final nail in their own coffin. I’m not saying Donald Trump is the devil, but for Evangelical’s he’s about as close to one as a man can be. So as a group, they embraced him, and to them, made a necessary pact with the devil. A Faustian move by an entire institution, is a remarkable occurrence. We are watching in real time, the holy become the wicked.
Yes, they won some court cases, and yes they’ve begun to stack the court with individuals that ideologically stand with them. Stand against, what they see as the moral decay of America, and who will begin to move the country away from the wicked and toward the glorious. This may prolong their survival for a brief time, but the damage done to their creditability may be more than they bargained for. Every student remembers a simple phrase from school, for every action there’s an equal and opposite reaction, and this is something they seem to have forgotten.
To them Trump has delivered in spectacular fashion. He nominated and got confirmed the first supreme court justice and now has a chance at a second, Brett Kavanaugh. The two justices could be on the court for 30 to 40 years setting policy, and just maybe they can turn the tide and win the social war. The problem, they had to give up all they believe in and expose a hypocrisy so grand, that, any battle they win now has no meaning, they’ve already lost the war. Hypocrisy is where religion goes to die, and one so grand as this surely may lead to its death. When those who occupy the high ground, the moral ground, throw off the gloves and toss their morals out the window, they become the wicked. Those they portraited as the wicked, now can paint them with the same brush. It opens a real line of attack, they are nothing more than power hungry and corrupt, what right do they have to judge me. They have lost all credibility, and handed the moral high ground to those they feel are the wicked.
Once the hypocrisy is exposed, we begin to question motive, once we question motive, we begin to question all of it, and once that fissure opens there is no closing it. The fissure has opened for all to see, and it shows a desperate group, grasping at straws, who will do anything to stay in power. When you back a man, who can lie with the ease that Trump does, who is an adulterer, an idol worshiping, degenerate, you lose all credibility. They lost their creditability and took the republican party with them. So how does it affect every day life, with every day decisions we are required to make.
The question of the day is, Did Brett Kavanaugh possibly force himself onto a young woman. He adamantly denies it, and she adamantly says he did. So, we are faced with a moral dilemma, who do we believe. Under normal circumstances we would be inclined to believe Mr. Kavanaugh, a long-time judge who is an honest and respectable individual. Some say we should believe her, why would she lie about such a thing? I contend, neither positions matter, and here’s why. When we no longer trust those, we held in high regard, those who we look to for moral guidance, those who counsel us on right and wrong, those who set the moral bar, the bar that we judge our own actions by, the very people we look to lead us, all hell breaks loose, and that is where we are today. When we find our priests are molesting our children in the basement of god’s house and the church has been hiding it from us. When we find out an entire religious institution supports a morally corrupt individual, doubt turns to anger, and anger turns to rage, and then rage turns to abandonment. Equal and opposite reactions, one pushes one direction while the other pushes back and both move further apart over time. Once we’ve lost trust, it is over, and that’s what has happened. The funny thing is, we didn’t knock them off the pedestal, they literally jumped off in spectacular fashion for all to see and with it they tore down the moral bar that they set, and tossed it into the fires of hell. We can no longer in good conscious stand with them, and we no longer take their statements as the gospel, rather we swallow it like swallowing a spoon of vinegar. For all the years they preached to us about moral decay, the slipper slope, an America lost without a moral compass, we must ask who are you to judge us, you are in no position to preach to us, they have no moral compass, and are as morally decayed as they preached the wicked were.
Why is this important, because it leads to civil discourse? It leads us to question right and wrong, and leaves us no one to believe, to trust, no one for moral guidance, no one has any credibility. Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation is a perfect example. We have no way of proving he is innocent or guilty, it comes down to who do we believe or trust. Brett Kavanaugh is now guilty by association. He is part of the very group that has shown it has no moral character. He represents a group, that lies with such ease, it has become second nature. The benefit of the doubt is based on the moral high ground, they no longer have that to stand on. Simply we can not take him at his word. Truth requires moral convictions, honesty requires moral convictions, and accepting one’s sins and admitting guilt when one is wrong takes real moral character. Unfortunately, it is clear they do not have real moral character. Too many times have we seen the past few years, women accuse men of high power, and watch as the accuser becomes the accused. For too long have we turned a blind eye to justice, holding that these revered men of power, men whom we respect and aspire to be, are innocent, because they hold the moral high ground. One by one we’ve been proven wrong. Case after case, they vehemently denied it yet time after time it’s been proven they lied and they were guilty. We talk about an abuse of power an injustice occurring, no due process, innocent until proven guilty, but all of this is based on one thing, morals. You can’t have your cake and eat it to. The injustice has been against the victim, and that is changing right in front of our eyes, why, the victim now holds the moral high ground. It is time to take a stand against the wicked and for the oppressed. It is time for us, all of us, to move out of the shadows, and stand with the innocent children, our daughters, our wives, our mothers and grand-mothers all who bare the ugly scares of decades of sexual abuse at the hands of the wicked. If we do not and continue to turn a blind eye, I feel all is lost. We all are complicit in these evil acts and have failed as humans. We failed our wedding vows to protect our wives, we failed our baptismal pledges to protect our children, and we have failed our religion, most of all we have failed ourselves and seeded the victory to the wicked.
Kavanaugh may get confirmed, and if he does, it will be because we did not have the will power to stand up and fight for those we proclaimed to love with all our heart. Those we have pledged to give our last breath to save. For this we should all be ashamed of ourselves. We allowed the most heinous of crimes be perpetrated upon the most vulnerable. I wonder how we will be judged when our time comes, what Jesus may ask us about moments like these. Did we stand silently with the wicked or did we stand with those most vulnerable in our society? It is in these most difficult of times, that we look for a leader who can show us the way, a leader with a moral character, that we trust. Unfortunately, they have left the building. It is up to us to lift the moral bar high, and proclaim as loud as we can, we will not follow you down this hole, but will hold you accountable for the evils you have committed. We will no longer turn a blind eye, we stand with those who have been abused and with a heavy heart apologize for all the pain and terror we have allowed to befall upon you. We are truly sorry. May God have mercy on all our soles.
We have the devil himself, Donald Trump to thank. He exposed their lies and deceit, and accelerated their demise, just as every story that has ever been written about making a deal with the devil, it never works out, the soul is lost and lost forever. Don’t let yours be lost with it.