Anyone in America who didn’t vote for Trump (and even some who did) is quick to distance themselves from him. Those foolish Conservatives, those Evangelicals, are completely responsible for Donald Trump, while the hands of my political tribe’s hands are clean.
I don’t think so…
The influence of Conservatives & Evangelicals must be taken seriously, and nothing in this article seeks to discount that fact. But I think we need to get the whole picture, and to explore all causes of Trump and not just the most obvious.
Donald Trump is a product of America in general, and not only one side of the isle. But as we have said before (most often on Twitter) Trump is pretty much the incarnation of American sin.
In fact, the case could be made that this entire article will be describing a largely liberal cause of Donald Trump. Especially from Hollywood who would recoil in horror at the thought that they helped cause Trump.
But let us boldly face the truth… for if we do not, how do we expect to stop Trump in the next election? How do we expect not to elect another Trump type figure in the future?
Our Protagonists are Bad People
How many movies do we have where the protagonists, the characters the audience naturally roots for, are gangsters? How many do we have where the protagonists are narcissists? How many do we have where the characters are conmen? Starting to sound familiar? Starting to sound like Trump?
Below are a few examples (there are countless more).
Scarface… the gangster every young male in America wants to be…
Tell me this doesn’t glorify being a conman. Money and women are what an audience lusts at.
More glorifying conmen…
And there are innumerable more examples… even those held up by American culture as some of the greatest movies of all time such as The Godfather or Goodfellas.
For decades our society has held out these people as examples to look up to…
Why in the world should we be surprised that one of these characters was elected as President?
Of course these characters are always painted as having some redeeming qualities. But that makes it even worse. By doing this we justify them, we sanctify them, and we lust after their treasures. Believe it or not, the people who literally worship Satan and have a “devil’s bible” also have moral prohibitions. They outlaw some extreme sins like child molestation as our movie “protagonists” do.
Haven’t we given voice to evil? Hasn’t our culture been a megaphone for the foolish woman from Proverbs? To those who have no sense she says, “Stolen water is sweet; food eaten in secret is delicious! But little do they know that the dead are there, that her guests are deep in the realm of the dead.” (Prov 9:17-18)
It was religious people who opposed this
This is the kind of thing that only religious people pretty much protested. It was them who warned against idolizing immorality. It was them who tried to stop this.
It was liberals who spread this
Like it or not, Hollywood is a very liberal culture. They can’t blame this one on someone else. The liberals are the ones who have spread this gospel, who have told us it is innocent, who have told us that religious people are uptight fundamentalists for protesting. After all, a dance with the devil is no commitment right? Not so. It leads to things like Donald Trump… doesn’t it? Isn’t that what those of past ages warned us about? As the Bible says of an adulterous woman, “Her house is the way to hell, going down to the chambers of death.”
All are guilty
Conservatives and Evangelicals have played a disturbing role in helping Trump. Liberals have also played a significant role. Neither should be ignored. In my view it is not that liberals are guilty and conservatives not.
As William Wilberforce said, even as an abolitionist himself, who fought against slavery, “we ought all to plead guilty, and not to exculpate ourselves by throwing the blame on others.” And Lincoln who saw the Civil War as justice against both the slave owning South and the North as responsible for allowing slavery to continue.
Trump 2016: Who got us into this mess?