Though I am a seasoned Christian pastor (of over 40 years), this national column is not normally pointed specifically at Christians—although I am not timid about taking my fellow pastors to task for the way so many of them refuse to sound the clarion call for liberty. And while there are multiplied thousands of Christian people who faithfully read this column, I dare say that I probably have more non-Christians (even agnostics and atheists) reading my columns (and even watching my Sunday messages) than any other preacher in America. Of course, the reason for this is quite simple: the principles and truths I commonly address transcend a Christian profession—or any religious profession, for that matter.
However, today's column is pointed directly at Christians. No! It is pointed directly at Christian MEN. I am going to be very straightforward (so, what's new?) and will paint this column with somewhat of a broad brush—which will NOT apply to ALL Christian men, thank God. Sadly though, this column is going to hit a large percentage of Christian men right between the eyes. But the number of them that will honestly own up to it is probably very small. So, this column is NOT going to be very popular with a large percentage of Christian men. Regardless, it MUST be said, and, frankly, I don't know anyone else who is willing to say it. So, here goes.
Christian men talk about how much they love and worship God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. However, the words, attitudes, and actions of many of these men prove that their talk is more than cheap: it is downright duplicitous.
What a large percentage of Christian men really love is sports, the Zionist State of Israel, and Republican presidents (and secretly pornography). Listen to the conversations of Christian men in the hallways of the churches of America before and after the services, and what is the dominate discussion? You KNOW what it is: sports. And say something critical about Zionist Israel, and those same Christian men will accuse you of denying the Christian faith. But what a large percentage of Christian men REALLY love and worship is Republican presidents.
In tens of thousands of evangelical churches and Christian schools across the country, Republican presidents are lauded on a plane almost co-equal with Christ Himself. I dare say that for a large percentage of America's Christian men, the truths they embrace, the principles they follow, and the philosophies they adopt come more from Republican presidents than from their pastors. In fact, these men will forsake their pastor for the slightest imperfection or disagreement but will remain devoted to the death to a Republican president—no matter how wicked or sinful his words and actions might be.
This foolhardy phenomenon began with Ronald Reagan's presidency and has grown in intensity ever since.
When G.W. Bush became president and began promoting his preemptive war doctrine, I told my national radio audience that, because Bush claimed to be a born again Christian and had the support of the vast majority of born again Christians across the country, he would forever change the fundamental definition of Christianity (in the minds of America's Christian men) from being a religion of peace to a religion of war. I said it in 2001 and 2002: G.W. Bush is turning Christian men into warmongers. And that is EXACTLY what Bush did.
On the whole, today's evangelical Christian men (including pastors) worship war. They worship the instruments of war, the men of war, and the politics of war. The drumbeats of war thunder forth from the pulpits and pews of evangelical churches every Sunday all over America. G.W. Bush turned America's Christian men into warmongers.
Now, we have another Republican president in the White House. His name is Donald Trump, of course. And just like Bush, Donald Trump is playing evangelicals like Charlie Daniels plays the fiddle. In fact, Trump's warmongering even surpasses that of G.W. Bush—and I didn't think that was possible. Bush took America into perpetual war, and I am not going to be surprised if Donald Trump takes us into nuclear war.
Did G.W. Bush accomplish some good things while in office? Of course he did. Is Donald Trump accomplishing some good things in office? Of course he is. But all things considered, G.W. Bush did far more damage to our republic than Bill Clinton. We are only one year into Trump's presidency, of course, but Trump's propensities for doing great damage to our republic certainly match those of Bush.
While G.W. Bush changed the hearts of Christian men about war; Donald Trump is changing the hearts of Christian men about women.
Everywhere I go, I hear Christian men say, "Donald Trump is a REAL man." I have read the opinion pieces of countless numbers of Christian writers who talk about Trump being a "REAL man."
One Christian writer attempting to defend Donald Trump's vulgar gutter talk said, "I like the crudeness with which President Trump tells me the truth as opposed to the classiness with which President Obama told me lies. I am a big boy. I can handle a bit of harsh truth. I grew up in a locker room. I know what real men sound like."
Well, I grew up in locker rooms too. And if this writer is referring to the vulgar language, crude sexist jokes, profanities, and filthy mouthed obscenities often heard in locker rooms—and army barracks—(and he probably is) that has NOTHING to do with real manhood. Real men do not blaspheme Christ, demean women, make fun of decency, and show themselves unable to make complete sentences without proving their inner moral rot—not to mention their utter lack of even a grade school vocabulary.
But notice that this vindication of immoral and sinful gutter talk was made in defense of our Republican President, Donald Trump. I doubt that the writer would have excused this inexcusable conduct for any other person in the country. That's what I'm talking about. Christian men will compromise almost any principle—no matter how holy—in defense of a Republican president.
Let's be honest: Donald Trump, the MAN Donald Trump, is a PIG. His abusive, sexist, shameful treatment of women is disgusting, despicable, disgraceful, and deplorable. And let's face it: the only reason Trump has been able to get by with his reprehensible conduct all of these decades is because he is rich—and now, he is President. So, while he could get by with it in the world as a rich and famous guy, now that he is a Republican president, he has Christian men vindicating and vouching for him.
Trump once told Esquire magazine, "You know, it doesn't really matter what [they] write as long as you've got a young and beautiful piece of a**."
In an interview with New York Magazine, Trump said this about women: "You have to treat 'em like s***."
When Trump bought Miss USA, he was asked by Howard Stern how he was going to change the pageant. Trump said, "I'm going to get the bathing suits to be smaller and the heels to be higher."
Trump also gave Stern a list of women he wanted to sleep with. The list included Princess Diana, Michelle Pfeiffer, Cameron Diaz, Julia Roberts, Cindy Crawford, Mariah Carey, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Diane Sawyer.
Trump also told Stern that his daughter Ivanka was "voluptuous" and later said on the TV show "The View" that "If Ivanka weren't my daughter, perhaps I'd be dating her." Then there is that infamous photograph of the then teenage daughter Ivanka sitting on Trump's lap in a mini-skirt, holding Trump's face in her hand and looking at him like a wife would look at her husband, as they were both sitting atop a statue of two mating parrots.
Most everyone knows that Donald Trump has been married three times and has had innumerable sexual affairs. When Trump was deposed in the divorce with his first wife, Ivana, he invoked the 5th Amendment right to keep silent about his relationship with "other women" 97 times. He had an affair with his second wife Marla Maples while he was still married to Ivana.
Regarding his current wife, Melania: "In 1999, shortly after they began dating, she participated in an on-air phone call with Trump and Howard Stern, as they discussed her chest, and whether she stole money from Donald's wallet. When Stern asked to talk to 'that broad in your bed,' Trump put her on the line, and she spoke about how they had sex more than daily, and revealed that she was nearly nude. Stern replied, 'I have my pants off already.' Thanks to her relationship with Trump, she finally got her glossy-magazine spread—nearly naked in British GQ, handcuffed to a briefcase on a private jet, which Trump supplied. Managing the career moves of his companions was part of a pattern. While he was still married to Ivana, Trump pushed his girlfriend Marla Maples to pose nude in Playboy and reportedly negotiated the fee himself. (The deal fell through.)"
"As Donald's celebrity ballooned with The Apprentice, Melania was asked to tolerate even more [humiliation]. His public interchanges with Howard Stern, which provided a kind of Greek chorus to their relationship, went from lewdly objectifying to grotesque. He agreed with Stern that his daughter Ivanka was 'a piece of a##.' He joked that if Melania were in a horrible, mangling car crash he'd still love her as long as the breasts remained intact." (Source: Vanity Fair magazine, April, 2017)
Trump has allowed himself to be interviewed by the ultimate purveyor of moral filth, Howard Stern, more than any other journalist or media personality—by far.
On the Wendy Williams Show in 2013, Donald and Ivanka were asked what they had in common. Ivanka said, "Either real estate or golf." Donald said, "Sex."
When Donald Trump was watching his 16-year-old daughter Ivanka host the 1997 Miss Teen USA pageant, he turned to the then Miss Universe and asked: "Don't you think my daughter's hot? She's hot, right?"
Trump's denigration of women is legendary. During the Republican Party presidential primary, Trump said this about his woman opponent Carly Fiorina: "Look at that face! Would anyone vote for that? Can you imagine that, the face of our next president?!"
Of course, during the presidential campaign in 2016, Trump's infamous remarks to Billy Bush were made public. During that dialogue, Trump said:
"I did try and f*** her. She was married."
"I moved on her like a b****. And she was married."
"I just start kissing them. It's like a magnet. Just kiss. I don't even wait. And when you're a star, they let you do it. You can do anything."
"Grab 'em by the p****. You can do anything."
Two days ago, on January 23 of this year, PEOPLE magazine reported that "Melania Trump will no longer join President Donald Trump on his upcoming trip to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, as previously planned.
"The first lady's communications director, Stephanie Grisham, confirmed to PEOPLE that Mrs. Trump cancelled the trip due to 'too many scheduling and logistical issues.'"
"The change of plans comes amid allegations that Trump had an affair with porn star Stormy Daniels in 2006 while he was married to Mrs. Trump. On Jan. 12, the Wall Street Journal reported that a lawyer for Trump arranged a $130,000 payment to Daniels a month before the 2016 election so she'd keep quiet about an alleged sexual encounter."
According to Michael Wolff's new book "Fire and Fury," President Trump is currently having an affair with someone in the White House. To be honest, it would be hard to believe that Trump ISN'T having an affair (or affairs). That is exactly the kind of "man" Trump has been all of his adult life.
Do you not find it amazing how so many Christian men turned against Judge Roy Moore on the basis of accusations of alleged improprieties that happened almost 40 years ago and that were completely out of character for a man who had been in public service for all of those years, while at the same time those same Christian men completely overlook Donald Trump's lifetime immoralities?
You see? That's what I'm talking about: Christian men almost worship Republican presidents and are willing to overlook almost anything—no matter how wicked and evil it is.
And now Christian men are, wittingly or unwittingly, condoning Trump's putrid and piggish behavior.
Think what this is doing to America's Christian women and girls. Suddenly, it is "Christian" for a man to make sex objects out of women. After all, Trump does it, and Christians say, "Trump is a REAL man." Suddenly, it is "Christian" for men to use the most vulgar, sexist, demeaning language. Trump does it, and Christians say he is a REAL man. Christians are now suddenly telling us that REAL men exploit women, sleep around, publicly humiliate women who are not attractive enough, talk in the most sexually suggestive ways about their own daughters, and brag about their sexual exploits.
I say Christian men—along with their pastors—owe Hugh Hefner, Bob Guccione, and Larry Flynt an apology. For decades, Christian men derided these pornographers for the way they sexually exploited women and made playthings out of them for the sport of males. I never heard any Christian man say that Hefner, Guccione, and Flynt were "REAL men." Donald Trump is a direct moral (or should I say immoral) descendent and disciple of the Hefners of this world.
Suddenly Trump is a "REAL man." Why? Because he is a Republican President. If Trump were a Democrat President, Christians would be hearing the moral condemnation of his serial improprieties almost every Sunday from the pulpits of our evangelical churches. (Anyone sitting in church when Bill Clinton was President?) But since Trump is a Republican, you haven't heard your pastor say word one, have you? See what I mean?
Believe it or not, this column is not primarily focused on Trump's lascivious lifestyle. He's not the first immoral man to occupy the White House. I'm trying to show how Christian men allow themselves to be compromised and morally castrated by Republican presidents. G.W. Bush stole the love and respect for world peace out of the hearts of Christian men; and Donald Trump is stealing the love and respect for womanhood out of the hearts of Christian men.
The ramifications of this desensitizing of the sexual objectification of women is already showing up on "conservative" websites around the country—many of which are owned by Christian men. Racy, sexually exploitive ads are everywhere. Women in bikinis, big-breasted women in skin tight tops, cleavage all over the place: all of this is on a growing list of Christian-owned websites. Thank you, Donald Trump.
You can talk about Trump's great accomplishments of 2017: more jobs, the stock market is up, investors are bullish on the economy, etc. But I tell you, Trump has already done GREAT HARM to America by causing Christian men to compromise their character, disgrace their faith, and bring unbearable shame upon the wonderful Christian ladies of this country, who are forced to endure the humiliation of watching their husbands and pastors defend the indefensible depraved habits of a man who has spent a lifetime degrading women.
Were Trump a "REAL man," he would have publicly repented of his long lascivious lifestyle, begged the women and families that he has irreparably damaged for forgiveness, asked the American people to forgive him, used himself as an example to young men of what NOT to do with their lives, vociferously condemned the playboy lifestyle promoted in Hollywood and on network and cable television, and then would have led a national crusade to give our American ladies the respect, honor, and dignity that they deserve as ladies. Instead, what does he do? He flippantly fluffs it off as "locker room talk" and continues to treat women as nothing but chattel to be used, abused, and (when desired) held up to public ridicule.
And now that he is a Republican President, Christian men say, "Donald Trump is a REAL man." I'm sorry, but that makes me REAL sick.
© Chuck Baldwin
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