It may have come as a surprise when Donald Trump Jr. told a group of young conservatives last week that, from a political point of view, following the teachings of Jesus “has not brought us anything.”
However, it was a definite disappointment that the son of the former president put his cards on the table so boldly. He eagerly rejected the scriptures that have served mankind so well for 2,000 years.
Here’s what Trump Jr. said on December 19 to an audience at the Turning Point USA conference:
âIf we get together, they can’t cancel us all. OKAY? They won’t. And that’s going to go against a lot of our beliefs because – I wish I didn’t have to participate in the culture of cancellation. I wish it didn’t exist. But as long as that’s the case, folks, we better play the same game. OK?
âWe’ve been playing T-ball for half a century as they play hardball and cheat. To the right? We turned the other cheek, and I sort of understand the biblical reference – I understand the mentality – but it hasn’t helped us. OKAY? This has brought us nothing, although we have given up ground in all the major institutions of our country. ”
Where to start? First of all, if Trump thinks conservative Republicans can’t play tough politics, he’s dreaming.
In 2016 and 2020, Senator Mitch McConnell used the rules to put two Conservatives on the United States Supreme Court. As early as 1988, ruthless GOP agents like Lee Atwater attacked Democratic presidential candidate Michael Dukakis with nasty ads on the Massachusetts governor’s record. There are dozens of other examples.
But most disappointing about Trump’s comments is that a large number of conservatives who heard him probably agree with him. Assuming that their audience included a number of evangelical Christians, how do they reconcile âit didn’t get us anythingâ with the teachings of Jesus that many of them try to defend?
On Relevant Magazine’s website, Tyler Huckabee made a nice observation:
âTrump is more right than he probably thinks here. Christianity is a poor way to gain worldly influence. Almost every page of the Gospels tells stories of Jesus refusing earthly power and urging his followers to do the same. In fact, there are few things Jesus spoke about as much as the Upside Down Kingdom of God where “the last shall be first” and “happy the meek”.
âFurther, he warned against seeking earthly influence, going so far as to proclaim ‘woe to you who are rich.’ Reading the scriptures as quickly as possible would leave anyone feeling that this is not a manual for getting things done.
Moreover, Trump is wrong when he says that trying to follow Jesus’ teaching in politics has done nothing for conservatives.
If he’s still mad at losing his father to Joe Biden last year, then show a court enough fraud evidence to alter the results. The former president is something like 0 for 60 in that regard, including several losses in the Supreme Court, where a majority of justices have said they will not hear his demands.
Other than 2020, Republicans continue to do quite well in politics. The party controls legislatures and executive powers in many states. In Congress, despite President Biden’s victory last year, Democrats are operating with the smallest majorities that are likely to disappear in 2022. (Question: If Democrats were such cheaters last year, would- they must have won much bigger majorities in Congress? Does that mean they didn’t?)
“It didn’t get us any money,” Trump Jr. said. Seriously? With Roe v. Wade likely to be struck down or greatly reduced, does he really think the Tories got nothing?
Encouraging conservative evangelicals to ignore the teachings of Jesus is a horrible strategy.
Jack Ryan, Enterprise-Journal