Christian Republicans in Name Only. We see them all the time. The media is quick, light lightning to pick up on a Republican Scandal, while covering up for Democrats as long as they can. Witness the scant coverage of the Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) trial going on right now as I type this.
You’d think Republicans would react to this and not be as brazen as Democrats in their corruption. Nope.
Worse, since Republicans campaign on Values.. such as family, life, etc. When they are hypocrites, the damage is far worse as it is seized upon in order to advance the democrat’s agenda of societal decay.
It is not the same as when a democrat commits an act of mass murder, leading other democrats to call for gun control. When a CRINO, does what CRINOs do, it tells people that having faith is meaningless.
I am pretty honest and forthright about my sobriety. As I type this post, by the grace of God, I’ve strung together 5,451 days of sobriety. Sometimes, I think about that and the awesome power of God and it gets me to put down the rhetorical flame-thrower to reflect.
It is not a sarcastic endeavor to despair for the future of a nation when it is clear one party is about sex with anything, anywhere at anytime and then enacting policies to add drugs and getting rid of the consequences of said sex from the equation and the party that is supposed to be for chaste, family and values is living their lives in a similar manner. It is actually quite serious, and a matter of life and death.
Remember Mark Foley? lewd texts to underage boys, that caused him to tell the truth about his double-life once they were exposed.
Remember Larry Craig? he of the tapping heels in the bathroom. (I’ll stop there)
Remember John Ensign? The paragon of values who had a long-running lurid affair.
Remember Scott DesJarlais? The congressman was revealed to have encouraged his then girlfriend to have two abortions, and then had 6 affairs on her once they were married.
Remember Roy Ashburn? Another closeted homosexual who went from values champion to political ruin after a DUI on his way home from a Sacramento Gay Bar with a male staffer in the car.
Bob Livingston, Bob Packwood, Ed Shrock, David Vitter, Mark Sanford – all claimed to be “Religious/Christian Conservatives” and all ended up out of office once their double lives were exposed. (Sanford was able to reinvent himself and get back in to Congress after actually showing real contrition)
Meantime the tone-deaf establishment can’t figure out why Christian Conservatives supported the foul mouthed President for office. You can only betray people for so long before they cut bait and vote to burn you down.
I’ve only listed a sampling of the politicians that masqueraded as Christian Republicans in the period of my own political consciousness. Most were completely unrepentant, only showing remorse when caught.
Chad Mayes and Kristen Olsen can’t even say that. If I met them in an AA meeting, I’d tell them both to back their car up to a liquor store and stock up. There is no hope for either one of them given their head space. The key to overcoming any sort of major life issue is to admit you did something wrong, then admit that only a power greater than yourself can save you from yourself. Neither of them are close to that point and as such, they are ticking time bombs.
Kristen’s bombastic arrogance was on display in her resignation. Chad Mayes behavior has been well-chronicled as well. Both have a ton of enablers that helped them believe they were above it all and would make it through with minimal consequence. (see also donors and party insiders) Worse, similar to enablers of an addict/alcoholic, the enabling made them both feel entitled to do what they were doing.
It is clear that the will of God was subordinated to their own self-interests at some point and the insanity grew from there.
Meantime, CRINO’s make real Christian Conservatives look like fools. The public at large look at the situation and say, why should I bother being a Christian or a Republican? I can be a democrat, screw anything I want, smoke dope, rip people off, lie at will and it is all in the party platform! Even if I get caught, we’ll just pass prop 47 and 57 and get out of jail after the fact!
From a spiritual level, the behavior of CRINO’s like Chad Mayes and Kristen Olsen who were out there publicly touting their heritage as Christians for political advantage also tell the public at large that God does not mean anything. How many people will turn their backs on Christ because of the behavior of Chad Mayes and Kristen Olsen?
Now, it makes both of their refusal to show ANY contrition over what they did that much worse. They will both reap the rewards of their action – life is a great equalizer.
As someone whose faith saved my life and as someone who has to fight for my faith sometimes daily it is infuriating when my political leaders betray that faith after claiming it. I was lucky enough that I was 31 years old when I finally decided I didn’t have all my own answers. I was also able to recover myself far from the spotlight. I talk openly about my sobriety, because I am not claiming moral superiority over anyone.
You see, for most on the left, their politics IS their religion. This is why so many of them are freaked out and violent with rage after PRESIDENT Trump won the election. See also ANTIFA and the slew of terrorist acts by extreme leftists.
On the right, as I’ve laid out in this blog, many use faith as a political prop and don’t really mean it. I can’t make either Chad or Kristen acknowledge their own bombastic selfishness. What I can do is ask for other Christian activists to pray for them and for all the people affected by them. I’ve heard it put, don’t let Christians keep you away from Christ. Those of us that claim Christ have something real to come back no matter the circumstance.
I do believe at some point that Chad and Kristen both had real faith. I know I did when I was a young boy. When my life nearly shattered, the God of my youth became the God of my adulthood. God is as real 5,451 days later, as he was on day 1 and as he was when I was young.
I hope, eventually they find God again and that God breaks through their walls. Until then, I hope they both go somewhere far far away where they can’t hurt anyone else. I hope other Christians in office take careful notes from the litany of political and spiritual wreckage that comes from publicly exposed hypocrisy.