I was going to write about how the Republican presidential campaign has become gutter politics, but given
Never in modern times has there been a presidential candidate who has hurled more personal insults and hurtful accusations at his fellow candidates and others who disagree with him. It should embarrass a normal person, but Trump appears beyond embarrassment.
The country is not served by such language. Neither does the political debate format serve the public when it resembles a cage match rather than a serious discussion about the multiple challenges facing America. There must be a better way to elect a president than this.
"Bully backs blowhard for president," was the headline on The Daily Beast, referring to
What continues to amaze is the strong backing of Trump by so many evangelicals. If their church members behaved as Trump does, they would receive a serious talking to by the deacons or pastor and if they didn't repent and change their ways they might face expulsion. With Trump, most evangelical leaders have remained largely silent, offering neither criticism nor praise. This is what can happen when some pastors who are called to a different kingdom and a different King settle for an earthly kingdom and lesser king.
Does anyone know what
One of the few evangelical leaders to take Trump on is
In an interview with Christianity Today, Lucado was asked why he published his post, which he titled "Decency for President." While saying he doesn't bring politics into his church, he said he felt the need to speak out because of Trump's "derision of people," adding, "It would be none of my business, I would have absolutely no right to speak up except that he repeatedly brandishes the Bible and calls himself a Christian."
"If he's going to call himself a Christian one day and call someone a bimbo the next or make fun of somebody's menstrual cycle, it's just beyond reason to me."
Beyond reason best describes the Trump campaign. It also explains the fealty so many have for a man with whom one hopes they have nothing in common -- from his lifestyle, to his indecipherable politics, to his fact-challenged pronouncements.
In past elections some voters have complained about being forced to choose between the lesser of two evils. If the nominee for the