Progressive ‘Christian’ Hypocrites

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By Erick Erickson

Mayor Pete Buttigieg, one of the many Democrats running for President, keeps trying to play a Christian on television, and it’s been going badly for him. Buttigieg recently said of Donald Trump, “It is hard to look at his actions and believe they are the actions of somebody who believes in God.” On “Meet the Press,” Chuck Todd asked Buttigieg about that.

 

Buttigieg said he thought evangelicals backing President Trump were hypocritical because when Buttigieg goes to church, he hears about taking care of the poor and refugees. Trump, Buttigieg says, does not do that. Buttigieg went on to draw a distinction: In his professional conduct, Trump does not take care of the poor and refugees as scripture commands. Buttigieg continued that in Trump's personal life, as well, he falls short of Christian behavior. (He is right on that part, too, by the way. But then, we are all sinners.)

Buttigieg thinks the President does not behave as one who believes in God because, as President, Trump is not following scriptural commands. Then, Todd asked Buttigieg about his position on abortion, and Buttigieg's response was that abortion is a moral issue and we cannot legislate morality. In fact, Buttigieg tried to wave away the clear science on the issue of when life begins so he could argue about governing based on our morality.

This is why progressive Christianity is so corrupt and flawed. As much as Buttigieg makes a valid critique on the President's behavior and some evangelicals excusing that behavior, Buttigieg wants to reject the inconvenient parts of faith he does not like. He is a gay man who got married; he does not think homosexuality is a sin despite express statements in scripture. And he thinks abortion is a moral issue. He would, he says, avoid governing using his morality.

Buttigieg is trying to have it both ways and, in reality, is showing he is no better a Christian than Trump. What is particularly bothersome here is that Buttigieg claims to be governed by some moral code and he claims he will lead as a more moral President than Trump. At the same time, he claims elected officials should not govern based on their morality.

Everyone has a moral code, and we all conduct our actions by our moral code. Buttigieg just wants a pass on his moral code, which is all about not taking inconvenient stands on parts of scripture that might make his life a bit uncomfortable. He will wield scripture against the President and abdicate when it comes to himself.

Frankly, Buttigieg makes a valid criticism of evangelicals who give the President a pass on his bad behavior. There are too many evangelicals unwilling to call the President to account for his failures to repent, his doubling down on bad behavior, etc. Buttigieg, however, is not making the point that Christians should vote for Democrats. He is making the case that they should stay home. Therein lies the rub. He does not think anyone should legislate their morality, so why should anyone vote their morality?

Ultimately, however, Christians can be Christians and Americans. They must put their faith first, something Buttigieg himself is unwilling to do except when it is convenient. Given the choices of a bunch of terribly flawed candidates, it is understandable that Christians are willing to side with the one who will protect their right to exercise their religion in their daily lives rather than the ones who offer platitudes with persecution.

Lastly, note that as Democrats make science their god, Buttigieg does his best to avoid the science of when life begins. He knows he cannot argue that point, so he refuses to even accept it as part of the debate. That is what trips him up. The science amplifies the moral case against Buttigieg's position. Undoubtedly, however, Buttigieg will make the moral case for accepting transgenderism and demand we legislate on it. It is just the children in the womb he is OK discarding. The same God that commands we take care of the widows, the poor and the refugees commands us to take care of children, too, Pete.

 

Photo courtesy of Ted Eytan

28 thoughts on “Progressive ‘Christian’ Hypocrites”

  1. If we can’t legislate morality on abortion, then we can’t legislate morality on taking care of the poor. I would argue there is a stronger argument to get government out of the later and return that to private charity. Stopping abortion is more like stopping murder than like feeding the poor.

    1. Abortion should not be treated as a moral issue when it comes to politics. It is a human rights issue. If you insist on believing a baby is not a person until its birth certificate is complete, you can believe that. The rest of us will do what we can to protect that baby’s life!

    2. Steven, you know the true reason for legislating charity, it is CONTROL! Our legislators are so much more qualified to spend our money than we are that they feel compelled to take our funds and distribute same in a manner that they, the legislators, feel will give them the most votes, hence POWER. I am sick of our voting system, but am unable to formulate anything better. The best answer is, of course, an informed electorate which depends on an honest and truthful edia that we do not have. How to get an honest and truthful media? Do not know!

  2. ” Buttigieg continued that in Trump’s personal life, as well, he falls short of Christian behavior. (He is right on that part, too, by the way. But then, we are all sinners.)”

    You are confusing Trump’s past behaviour and current, post rebirth, behaviour. In fact, I would contend that Trump has given far more to help the poor than the rest of the leftards and many righties.

    I would also remind you that stealing resources from people to give to others, redistribution, is NOT moral. It is depriving the individual of the ability to make their own decisions on whether to support the poor or not. Especially when so much of those resources taken from individuals does NOT make its way to the intended recipients.

    In other words the argument against Trump is itself immoral.

  3. Buttigieg is totally incorrect about Evangelicals not calling out President Trump on his “bad behavior.” Bad behavior is one thing…killing babies and men marrying me is an abomination to God!! (Romans 1)

    As an Evangelical, I don’t approve of bad behavior from anyone…President Trump included. However, our President believes in life, traditional family, and love for our country! These are values we strongly adhere too because of Scripture!

    Pete Buttigieg needs to make peace with himself about manhood, marriage, and murder! The Bible clearly states that real men marry biological real women and they don’t murder children in or outside of the womb!

    1. Thank you for explaining this in the most clear and appropriate way! It really makes sense and I would pray that more of these left leaning going down the wrong road people will get to see this.

  4. If we really take the time to look into God’s Word, we will see that Jehovah will use anyone that he chooses, “Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour?” Romans 9:21. Jehovah used Abram, a idol worshiper, Jacob a deceiver, Moses, a person afraid to step up, Rahab, a prostitute, David, an adulterer and murderer, etc… Only Jehovah knows the heart and if we look at the fruit, I think it’s obvious where the Lord is leading our President, Pro-Life, Pro-Israel, restoring borders, Pro-religious freedom (free will) and above all the Godly principle of working to the best of our abilities. I would challenge anyone that thinks that the Presidents behavior is not perfect to honestly review their behavior and honestly say they are perfect in God’s eyes, :For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;” Romans 3:23. I would certainly be able challenge Mr. Pete Buttigieg on his understanding of God’s Word, but who is anyone to judge someone else, that in itself is a sin. “Judge not, that ye be not judged.” Matthew 7:1. While King David’s personal life may not have been perfect, he carried out God’s will and President Trump is doing the same thing! Hallelujah and AMEN

  5. I would never vote for a Democrat and expressly not Buttigieg. I consider VP Mike Pence to be the perfect example of a Christian man (tho none are perfect) and this little slug went after Pence to make a name for himself. As the VP said, he had never had a problem or cross word with Buttigieg but for his own pursuit, he attacked a good man. Additionally, the Time cover of the two men kissing was a real wake up call about do we want to look at this for 4 years. CNN poll said 63% of Americans would not vote for a Homosexual President. This is all just part of trying to make the lifestyle “Normal”. Not normal to me.

    1. I agree with you! It really turned my stomach to see those two kissing. I don’t like to be forced to accept this kind of unnatural behavior.

  6. All law has to do with morality. How people treat one another is the basis of all law. Given his argument, any kind of murder should be admissible because it has to do with morality.

    People say many foolish things and not enough people call them on it. Are we using our brains at all?

    The right to control your own body – Do we really control our bodies? How about controlling our behavior. That could be a start. And since when is hiring someone to kill for you controlling your body?

  7. 5-9-19 Once again you fail to show common sense. Trump is doing what Christians should be doing in trying to protect religious rights! As a lifelong Christian(70+ years ),I am appalled at your continuing attacks on his prior life with no acknowledgement that people can repent(even if not making a public scene)! Since he has been Pres. he has done nothing to deserve your repeated attacks on him. May God forgive you for your UnChristian attacks on a man who is clearly keeping his word in spite of you NEVERTRUMPERS daily attacks on him which have harmed this country!!David H. Jackson,MD

    1. I agree with Dr. David Jackson. Just because Trump has not made a public issue of how he came to terms with his past does not mean he has never confessed in private to our Lord and Savior. Stop judging. Besides, he was caught up in the entertainment scene when he was a Democrat and “when in Rome, do as the Romans do.”

  8. Obviously Buttigieg is the hypocrite.

    OLD TESTAMENT
    Genesis 19:5
    They called to Lot, and said to him, “Where are the men who came in to you this night? Bring them out to us, that we may have sex with them.”

    Deuteronomy 23:17
    There shall be no whore of the daughters of Israel, nor a sodomite of the sons of Israel.

    Leviticus 18:22
    You must not lie with a man as with a woman; that is an abomination.

    Leviticus 20:13
    If a man lies with a man as with a woman, they have both committed an abomination.

    NEW TESTAMENT
    Romans 1:27
    Likewise, the men abandoned natural relations with women and burned with lust for one another. Men committed indecent acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error.

    1 Timothy 1:10
    For fornicators, for homosexuals, for slave traders, for liars, for perjurers, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine;

    Jude 1:7
    In a similar way, Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding towns gave themselves up to sexual immorality and perversion. They serve as an example of those who suffer the punishment of eternal fire.

    1 Corinthians 6:9
    9Or do you not know that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, 10nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, shall inherit the kingdom of God.

    God doesn’t hate gays. But He does hate homosexuality and He calls it sin.

    God forgives us of all our sins through Christ Jesus.

    •Romans 5:8 – God proves His own love for us in that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us.

    •1 John 1:9 – If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

    1. Someone needs to send Pete a Bible. If he were truly a Christian, he would be familiar with those scriptures. Trump is. Mayor Buttigieg certainly doesn’t have to answer to me – but he will have to answer to the LORD. GOD doesn’t look at our outward appearance, but at our hearts. He knows Pete’s heart. 1 Samuel 16:7 “For the LORD sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the LORD looks on the heart.”

  9. A lot of good Scripture there in the new test event I believe in St Matt where Nicodemus is talking to Christ and he tells him you have to be born again , he does not understand , he ask
    Christ how can he reenter his mother’s womb ? Christ told he he cannot , he must be born of the Spirit ofGod only God know’s who is truly reborn , but you can bet the Buttegg sure isn’t !

  10. Abortion is the choice of the pregnant woman. No politician should be involved. SCOTUS established this principle. A woman who chooses abortion is not a murderer nor is the doctor who performs the abortion.

    1. REALLY!!!!
      Even if the infant is out of the womb and breathing on his own???
      SO, Fog Eyes, when is not permissible when the infant is 5 years old or older!
      That is murder! Give that living infant to some one who might want him!!!!

    2. Butthead thinks abortion is a moral issue. At least he got that much right. A pregnant woman has no special rights to choose who she can murder. To say politicians should not be involved in making laws to punish law breakers makes no sense. SCOTUS did not establish that abortion is the choice of the pregnant woman. God gave everyone a free will to choose and some choose evil.

    3. So nine persons dressed in black – some of whom follow their personal beliefs and agenda instead of the Constitution – should be able to tell 320 million Americans that it is OK to kill a human being?

      An unborn baby has only human DNA, and it is different from the mother’s, so the baby is not a part of her body, it simply grows in it.

    4. Where are the fathers in this conversation? A woman can’t make a baby by herself. Even if she uses a test tube she still has to have a doner. That baby in her womb is also his baby. Does he have the right to lay claim to that baby after it is born and raise it himself. Yes a woman’s body belongs to her but in procreation she is only half of the equation. If a woman decides to place the baby up for adoption does the father have the right of first choice? Everyone knows it takes two to tango. Since the issue involved belongs to both the woman and the man I wan’t to hear more male voices in this argument.

    5. Quote: “A woman who chooses abortion is not a murderer nor is the doctor who performs the abortion.” That may be true in the eyes of men… but what ultimately matters is how God perceives it in relation to His command… “Thou shalt not kill.”

  11. Pete is confused about a lot of things. God has indeed told us to help the poor & refugee. BUT God DIDN’T say, “Tell you GOVT. to help the poor/refugee at taxpayers expense.” There, cleared that up for him.

  12. here we got a queer calling someone a non Christain and the bible is very clear about homosexials(oh! that part of the bible does not apply to me)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  13. Well mayor pete, You need to look up the definition of a Christian, unless libs changed that too…..Americans taxes are to go to helping OUR country and Our people..I don’t believe God says being gay is Christian..just saying…I didn’t work my whole life to take care of ILLEGAL invaders…with my taxes….What part of this don’t you understand pete?????

  14. Who are you to say Pres Trump did not repent for his sins? Or do you want to play devil’s advocate and want him to confess his sins to a priest or even to you? To repent, is between the sinner and his Lord, not even his wife (or her husband, for that matter)! Trump does not have to confess to anybody except the Lord. As you said, the is none without sin, not even one!! Buttigieg has no morals at all and he is one of those people like we have in South Africa that will stand before the Lord and say to Him:”It is my caltcha to kill whites or rape babies or get rid of my aids by impregnating my 10 years old daughter”! Rom 1:22 to the end! And then they wonder where aids come from! Ag, please!

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