As I have noted several times at this blog and elsewhere, in 1998 evangelical “family values” guru James Dobson said that Bill Clinton was morally unfit for the presidency. (I am still thankful to Katie and Devin Manzullo-Thomas for digging this up for me!). Today Dobson supports Donald Trump.
Soon a national politician is going to have a moral lapse. If it is a Democrat or an anti-Trump Republican (or maybe even a pro-Trump Republican), the court evangelicals will pounce. When they unleash their moral outrage they will be reminded of their support for Donald Trump. The larger culture will see their hypocrisy. Let’s also hope that the church will see the hypocrisy as well.
Think, for example, about the recent firing of Anthony Scaramucci. If reports are correct, even Trump and his advisers believed that Scaramucci crossed a line with his vulgar language. The court evangelicals were silent. Why? Because they know that they have lost all moral authority to speak out against such vulgarity.