Not an endorsement, but…

Before I begin, I must note that this is not an endorsement, nor am I making any excuses or defending anyone in this post. This post is meant to simply point out a few facts I have not heard from anyone about this particular issue.


Surprise, surprise. A presidential candidate is getting attacked. For something that he said 11 years ago? Wait, what?

First of all, did they really have to go back to something he said 11 years ago in order to attack him? But that isn’t the main reason I have a problem with the way EVERYBODY, both left and right, attacking Donald Trump for what he said about women.

usa-1327105_1280My problem with the attacks is two-fold:

  1. He said it in private, not knowing it would be recorded
  2. Most importantly in my mind is that a lot of the people attacking him talk the same way he did, they just didn’t get caught saying it on tape.

It’s called “locker room talk” for a reason, right? So Donald Trump is being attacked by hypocrites who have either said or heard someone they know say the exact same things. Yes, there is the possibility that he has sexually harassed or assaulted women. He’s never been charged for it, though, at least not that I have heard.

Two lessons

I found two lessons in this whole hypocrisy and lambasting. There are probably more, but these are the two that are most relevant:

One-Watch what you say. You never know who might be listening or how it could be used against you.

Two-Take heed of Matthew 7:5: “You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.” (NASB)

What are you doing to keep your mouth out of trouble? One piece advice I’ll probably always remember is this quote from Thomas Jefferson: “If angry, count ten. If very angry, an hundred.” I think this can apply to almost anytime you open your mouth, not just when you are angry.

Are there any logs in your eye you need to take out before you can even think about the speck in your brother’s eye?

I’m preaching to myself here, too, so don’t get too up at arms with me. I know none of what I’m saying is probably very popular, but I’m not concerned about doing what is popular, just what I believe is right and Biblical. This election is supercharged with debate, controversy, and confusion. We should all be in prayer for wisdom, patience, and perhaps you should turn your TV off and study your Bible and pray for our leaders, both the current and future ones.

God bless and I pray we will all listen to James 1:5-8:

But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But he must ask in faith without any doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind. For that man ought not to expect that he will receive anything from the Lord, being a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.



3 thoughts on “Not an endorsement, but…

  1. Onisha Ellis says:

    Good advice about being wise in what we say. I have been praying and seeking God’s wisdom for this election.

  2. trenag1 says:

    I’m slightly confused by your post, and maybe I shouldn’t be so I’m just going to voice my thoughts and let you respond… It might be helpful if I understood exactly who you are talking to when you say “EVERYONE attacking Donald Trump.” (I don’t have a vested interest in this, btw, since I don’t see any candidate as the solution to our country’s troubles. Only Jesus can solve the problems of this world, and He will do that through individuals not through politics or government.) I have a problem with what Donald Trump said 11 years ago, and yet I’m not attacking him simply because I have a problem with what he said. I think it’s worth pointing out that he’s a political figure now so anything he has done or said (ever) will be under scrutiny (just as it is with Hilary Clinton). Even if he wasn’t a political figure, I would STILL have a problem with the things he said… yes, even though he said them 11 years ago. Part of the reason I have a problem with it is BECAUSE he called it “locker room talk.” He didn’t say it was locker room talk 11 years ago. He said that now, while defending what he said 11 years ago. That’s what I call an excuse, not repentance. And yes, I’m looking for repentance because he himself has said he is a Christian. If that is the case, then all of us Christians really should be concerned about whether he is repentant or not. Not because he’s a political figure, but because he’s a brother in Christ and a leader in our country. Loving others requires that we graciously correct one another and hold one another accountable. (Matthew 18, 1 Corinthians 1:11, Galatians 6:1). And, like I mentioned, he’s a leader, which means he needs to held to an even higher standard, and we should be concerned and talking about it. And, frankly, if we don’t hold him to that standard, God will, and it will be too late for him to change then. Now, I agree that not all Christians have been gracious about how they are pointing this out. But, MOST of what I’ve seen from Christians is either justifying Trump’s words along with him, excusing them altogether for the sake of “a greater cause,” or pointing out the same things I just have (i.e. are we seeing any repentance for these things said, is this something we need to take a closer look at due to other allegations over the years, etc.). Again, just curious about what audience you are speaking to, and also if you’ve considered the other thoughts I’ve included here. I think (maybe?) that your point is more about encouraging people to pay attention to their own speech than it is about Trump, but I’m not entirely sure… Love you, and I look forward to your response!

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