Most of the 2016 Word of Truth Conference Audio Is Up. Much of the Video Is Up Too.
When I consider all the shots I've taken for supporting Trump, it's easy to understand that I don't like Trump's immorality. I would have been fine with other Republican candidates winning the primary, but I still stuck my neck out for Trump. A lot of people comprehend it, because they did too. Opponents want you to feel guilty for that support, attaching his immorality to your support. I dislike it. It isn't true. It's really a cheap shot in my opinion.
I just watched thirty some minutes of the CBS 60 minute interview, posted at RCP, and Trump said one thing about the Supreme Court and Roe v. Wade that I've never heard anyone say -- no politician. It says something about Trump that explains support from someone like me. Before I mention it, Trump is someone who doesn't sit and take it from the media. He knows what they are doing and he calls them on it. Very few, perhaps two or three, would do what he does, and no one as good as him.
Trump was asked about who he would choose for Supreme Court justice. Maybe you watched, but he said, someone pro-life and someone pro-second amendment. You put those together and you have now narrowed it down to a very, very small number. It's got to be a conservative person. She asked, will the person overturn Roe v. Wade? Trump said even if someone did overturn it, it would go back to the states. She said, women couldn't get an abortion. He said, yes they would. She said, they couldn't get it. He said, they'll have to go to another state.
They'll have to go to another state. What other Republican would say something like that? Who? Maybe no one. Those criticizing Trump, who can't be happy about him, I guess you can't be happy about that? It's sad really.
Only one comment really gave me pause, and that was Mat's quotation of Proverbs 29:2. I want to consider it for a moment. I won't squirm at all with it, but deal with it head-on. I think people very often take wrong Old Testament texts. We want to take them like the people in the day would have taken them, not just use them as proof texts. Solomon, of course wrote that Proverb, the man with 300 wives and 700 concubines. I'm not supporting Solomon's lifestyle, but he would have been excluding himself, Mat would have to agree. If he was thinking sinless perfection, that also puts everyone out.
The idea of "ruler" is mostly unlimited power, like a monarch, someone who has absolute authority. If you have an unjust person in that position, people won't be happy. It's got to be someone who will be fair, like Solomon was. He wasn't personally righteous, but he was a fair ruler overall, as you look at it. The "wicked" person that makes people mourn, literally, sigh, is used in various ways. It's not always talking about someone who is "righteous," like "justified." It is a person who isn't guilty of crimes, someone who isn't a criminal. I think that's it in this context. People don't want someone who will abuse his position of authority in an unfair way.
Hillary Clinton was a criminal. She was a politician who used her position for political favor. That's not someone you want in a position of authority. People don't get treated fairly.
I can tell you right now that the country was headed a direction where if you said you were a Christian, you would be persecuted. If you said anything that was different than the way political correctness was going, you would get treated very badly. Trump, I believe, will at least slow that down. Or, we'll have a more quiet and peaceable time, a more just time, fair time, and I will rejoice in that.
Is globalism righteous? When someone can move a job overseas and then bring the product back to sell it without punishment to the person who lost the job, is that just? If I'm against same-sex marriage, I should be able to show it without recrimination, shouldn't I? I could list pages of these types of questions that indicate the justice by which this election was voted.
When I supported Trump in the primary, it was because I thought he could win. I thought he would win, and I wanted people to be prepared for that. If you go back, you'll know I was saying that. I was mocked by a lot of people, very few of which are now saying, you were right. Those people joined the mainstream media and about every liberal in doing that with them.
When someone, like Jon Gleason, says I endorse Trump, he makes it sound like I'm endorsing all there is about his character. Everyone knows that isn't true. If someone were to say otherwise, that would be crazy. It isn't just to treat my support as anything but what I say it is. That is righteous in the Proverbs 29:2 sense, that is, fair.
I don't think Trump is repentant, because there is only biblical repentance, but he did say he was wrong. He also said he regretted the failure in his marriages. I know what he should do to repent. I think someone can support him for president without supporting his immorality.
There is something to rejoice with Trump. Mainly I say I'm happy he won. I'm happy he won. When someone uses "rejoice," "righteous," and "repentant," those are loaded words. All rejoicing is tempered and very focused. He is righteous in that he is someone who will be just, certainly more just than the alternative. If you save unborn children, that is just. If you put in a conservative Supreme Court justice, the land will be more just by far. Is he repentant? He said he was wrong and he regretted. That isn't repentance. All of that, however, still misses the point. We are not even electing a ruler. He represents one branch of government, and under his leadership, we now have something we have seen very, very rarely in our lifetime, a Republican house, Senate, and Presidency. Then with a conservative Supreme Court justice, we will have a 5-4 majority again.
I'm happy. If you want to be sad, I still don't get it.
One more thing to close. If Hillary won, nothing would have changed for me. I would still be and do what I've already been doing. It would change nothing. I'll do the same whether it was Trump or Hillary. However, I foresee it being a little easier with Trump, maybe a lot more easy. We don't know. I would do the same, but it will be easier. Quiet and peaceable.