Decency, morality, truth, and ethics no longer matter in what I have been describing on Twitter as the #ageoftrump. Perhaps the most conspicuous representatives of this new political and cultural era are American evangelicals.
It has now been well documented that many white evangelical Christians supported Donald Trump despite the deficiencies in his moral character. (And this has nothing to do with the fact that he is unqualified to hold this office). Christian political witness has now come down to whether or not a candidate will promise to support a certain kind of Supreme Court justice or whether or not a candidate is Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama.
#theageoftrump also seems to be having an effect on Christian institutions of higher learning who want to have nationally-ranked sports programs.
As you may have seen in the news, Liberty University just hired former Baylor athletic director Ian McCaw. I don’t know much about McCaw’s politics or Christian commitments. I assume that he is conservative and he is an evangelical.
I do know that he strengthened Baylor’s athletic program during his tenure in Waco. I also know that he knew about a gang-rape by Baylor football players and did not report it to school officials. (We in central Pennsylvania know a thing or two about football coaches sitting on this kind of information).
It does not surprise me in the #ageoftrump that Jerry Falwell Jr., the president of Liberty University and a strong Trump supporter who dismissed the POTUS-elect’s moral indiscretions, would hire McCaw as the university’s athletic director. I am sure Falwell Jr. was grinning ear-to-ear when McCaw announced that:
My vision for Liberty is to position it as a pre-eminent Christian athletic program in America and garner the same type of appeal among the Christian community as Notre Dame achieves among the Catholic community and BYU garners from the Mormons.
In fact, Falwell was so excited about McCaw that he turned to twitter:
Jerry Falwell Jr. on hiring former Baylor AD Ian McCaw at Liberty: pic.twitter.com/iWDBzZGlsp
— Dave Wilson (@dwil) November 28, 2016
Character and ethics no longer matter in the #ageoftrump. What matters is making things great again.