I read a blog by a Christian minister named John Pavlovitz. John is a liberal both politically and theologically. Sometimes he posts things that I agree with, but never when he wanders in the arena of politics. I don’t mean to pick on John, per se. I’m sure John’s a great guy and I’m confident we’d get along if we knew each other personally. Yesterday, he wrote a post on Donald Trump with several of his “outrageous” quotes and then wonders how you can be a Jesus-loving Christian and still vote for Trump. This comes from a pastor who appears to be an Obama supporter and will, I assume, be voting for Hillary.
Some of the Trump quotes he posts are supposed to be self-condemning, but I’m wondering where the problem is. For example, Pavlovitz presents as evidence the following:
I think Islam hates us. We have to get to the bottom of it. There is an unbelievable hatred of us — anybody. And we can’t allow people coming into this country who have this hatred of the United States.
Pavlovitz has a problem with Trump saying this. I’m sure a lot of liberals do. They look at Trump’s words and toss out racist accusations. But I have to ask, where is Trump wrong?
Or this one:
Our great African-American president hasn’t exactly had a positive impact on the thugs who are so happily and openly destroying Baltimore.
Again, where is Trump wrong? What exactly has Obama done for these people? Have you taken a look at Baltimore lately?
And there’s this:
The only card Hillary Clinton has is the woman’s card. She’s got nothing else to offer and frankly, if Hillary Clinton were a man, I don’t think she’d get 5 percent of the vote. The only thing she’s got going is the woman’s card, and the beautiful thing is, women don’t like her.
Let’s look at the facts. Hillary frequently does play the gender card. She has a long, illustrious history of corruption, enabling her husband’s philandering, and there are a lot of women who don’t like her. Again, you might not like the fact that Trump said it, but can you point out where he’s factually incorrect?
Maybe it’s the fact that the GOP finally has a candidate who is willing and even eager to tell the truth about Democrats and their candidate that has them so discombobulated.
I’m using Pavlovitz’s blog post because he thinks the same way a lot of other liberals do. They are more infuriated by words than actions.
Liberals are far more irate by what Donald Trump has said about Muslims than by the terrorist acts that are committed by Muslims.
Liberals are far more irate by what Donald Trump has said about women than by the things Hillary’s husband has actually done to women. And if you think Bill’s sordid history with women other than his wife isn’t relevant to the campaign, then think again. Hillary, who is running for president, has been an enabler by attempting to silence her husband’s accusers. And she has said that if she’s elected, she’s going to put Bill in charge of the economy — a rather sizable public role, if you ask me.
Liberals are far more irate by what Donald Trump has said about Hillary than Hillary’s inability/unwillingness to protect American interests in Benghazi and that she lied to the families of murdered Americans about the reason for the terrorist attack that took their lives (a YouTube video that hardly anyone had seen).
Liberals are far more irate by what Donald Trump has said about violence against protestors than actual acts of violence committed by left-wing protestors.
With liberals like Pavlovitz, words really do speak louder than actions. The worst thing you can do is say something negative about a woman or a minority. It doesn’t matter whether the comment happens to be true. And it doesn’t matter if the woman or minority has done something illegal or egregious. It’s what’s said about them that matters most.
Pavlovitz concludes his post by asking “If you believe these are the words of a man who is at all Presidential, whose character and intellect and demeanor should represent America in the world, if you feel as though they represent you, especially if you claim to follow Jesus…I guess I’m genuinely wondering why.”
I’ll gladly answer that question. Liberals like Pavlovitz seem to live in denial that we live in a world that is rife with evil. Or at least the way to conquer evil is by showing the love of Christ, that if we just show the love of Christ to our enemies and not say anything mean, they will stop doing what they are doing and lay down their arms and go back to what they were doing before.
I’m all for showing the love of Christ. There certainly isn’t enough of it in the world. But showing the love of Christ isn’t going to stop militant Islamists from murdering innocent people. If that truly worked, then we’d be at peace with the world by now. That’s because America, as the wealthiest, most powerful nation on the planet, is also the most generous, forgiving, benevolent nation on the planet. And where has that gotten us?
Sometimes the only way to defeat evil is to actually defeat it. And the only way to defeat that kind of evil is to kill the perpetrators before they kill us. That’s not the terms we have set. It’s theirs. So when I push the button for Donald J. Trump in November, I’m not voting for a priest, I’m not voting for a spiritual leader. I’m not voting for the next Mother Theresa. I’m voting for a political leader who will first and foremost protect American interests around the world. I’m not living in some fantasy world where the most important cause on the table is making sure men can use the ladies bathroom. I’m a functioning member of the free world where there are genuine threats to the safety of freedom-loving people. And none of the politicians liberals are prepared to prop up are up to the task of protecting us.