In light of President Donald Trump's recent nominee for SCOTUS, and fulfilling his promise to nominate a strict constructionist for the important judicial seat, a friend of mine posted on Facebook the following words.
Note the response by newly appointed Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) Leadership Council member, Bart Barber.
My response followed.
Here's the bottom line so far as I am concerned.
I have no issues whatsoever in #NeverTrump advocates voting the way they did, coming to conclusions different from mine, and voting their conscience. Period. That's what open, democratic elections are made of.
What I do have major issues with is #NeverTrump advocates like Russell Moore, the ERLC, and ERLC supporters who publicly and repeatedly condemned, ridiculed, and judged evangelicals who saw things differently, who used their own reason and conscience to conclude Donald Trump was the superior choice so far as they were concerned.
Now, however, ERLC supporters like Barber claim they owe apologies to no one for the way they voted because it was their choice to make and no one else's.
Precisely, Dr. Barber!
That's what we tried to communicate to Russell Moore for over a year while he relentlessly insisted evangelicals who voted for Trump were giving up everything they ever believed; were compromising gospel witness; were supporting moral sewage; and, most of all, evangelicals were on the wrong side of Jesus for voting for Donald Trump.
Know I neither need nor desire apologies from anyone for the way they voted. They must live with the consequences--intended or unintended--just as I do with my vote. But please stop the duplicitous nonsense that on the one hand publicly condemns the way others vote (and/or defends those that do) and on the other hand, insists the way they vote is their business and no one else's.
With that, I am...