In perhaps one of the most blatant displays of utter hypocrisy in modern day politics, South Bend Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg recently challenged the authenticity of President Trump’s Christian faith and accused him of being a “hypocrite.” Of course, this is rather interesting — not to mention ridiculous — for a couple of reasons. First, Buttigieg is openly gay and married to a man. Secondly, he’s also a staunch abortion enthusiast and pro-choice advocate.
Now, anyone who’s followed my work, my blog site, or my commentary on social media for any length of time knows that I’m perfectly fine with doubting Donald Trump’s salvation. I would like to think that he is saved. I pray that he is. Like some of you, I’ve seen and read reports about influential pastors and evangelical leaders who have met with the president concerning spiritual matters. Many of them have left those meetings with mixed reactions. Some do not think Trump has actually accepted Christ as personal Lord and Savior, while others believe he might be in a sort of “spiritual infancy” or “baby Christian phase.” Regardless, God alone knows the current status of President Trump’s eternal soul.
Sure, it’s easy to see why someone would challenge the legitimacy of Trump’s salvation and Christian faith. A simple look at the man’s past — full of extramarital affairs, divorce, degrading rhetoric toward and about women, shady business deals, and scandals — and even his current unpresidential mannerisms all certainly lend credence to that theory. But no one is arguing that Donald Trump is some sort of exemplary, ideal Christian whose face should be etched onto Bible covers across the nation. He’s not a Christian superstar for conservatives, and he’s never claimed to be. He’s not the next Billy Graham. He’s not the Pope. He’s just the president.
For progressives, however, an interesting phenomenon has occurred with Mayor Buttgieg, recently illustrated by CNN’s Guthrie Graves-Fitzsimmons, who penned an article titled “Buttgieg is a symbol for a rising Christian left.”
USA Today also offered their own zealous support for Buttgieg’s beliefs and for his accusations against Trump, while remaining totally oblivious to the irony of the mayor’s own hypocrisy, even going so far as to refer to him as a “devoted Christian.” I guess the paper and Buttigieg both overlooked (or chose to ignore) the biblical truths found in Genesis 1:28 concerning God creating men and women in His own image for the specific purpose of heterosexual reproduction, as well as the countless verses which refer to God’s personal involvement in the creation of every human life in the womb. (Jeremiah 1:5, Psalm 139:13-16, Job 10:8-12, Isaiah 44:2) And then there’s that pesky little issue about spilling innocent blood (Jeremiah 7:6) and murdering the innocent (Exodus 20:13). It should be noted, however, that there is always grace and forgiveness available to all through Christ’s death on the cross.
You know something has gone drastically wrong with your political party if you’re trying to pawn off an openly homosexual, fanatical pro-abort as a new “symbol” for the “rising Christian Left,” as if there even is such a thing. And therein lies the problem: “Christian Leftism” simply doesn’t exist because they are two diametrically opposed belief systems. They cannot exist on and within the same plane anymore than darkness and light can do so. Saying “Christian Leftism” is like saying “cold fire” or “liquid smoke” or “well-groomed Bernie Sanders.” This isn’t rocket science, folks. This is 2,000-plus years of unchanging Scriptural truth.
Moreover, Christianity is a religion consisting of a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, while Leftism is a political ideology consisting of a set of worldly beliefs and practices, many of which — like abortion and gay marriage — are, ironically, at odds with the Bible and the very teachings of Christ Himself. This is why it’s not only brazenly hypocritical for Buttigieg to question Trump’s faith, but even more ironic for anyone to cast him as a “symbol” for “Christian Leftism.”
Even if Christian Leftism could exist in some sort of strange form, which it can’t, Mayor Buttigieg certainly would not be its poster child. One cannot be a symbol of something while simultaneously defying and denying the most sacred beliefs for which it stands. This why, until or unless the Democratic Party changes many of its political and ideological platforms, it is essentially impossible to be both a modern Leftist and a professing Christian in today’s culture. Modern Leftism and its leaders — like Mayor Buttigieg — have willfully and purposefully chosen to adopt and inherit unbiblical practices and beliefs.
And, sadly, there is indeed nothing Christian about that.