The latest court evangelical defense of Donald Trump comes from Johnnie Moore, the founder and CEO of The Kairos Company public relations firm. Moore is a self-proclaimed “modern day Dietrich Bonhoeffer.” He also claims to be responsible for a “comprehensive rebranding of Liberty University in the more secularly-minded press.” Hmm. I wonder how that is going.
Recently Moore told CBN News that the United States is in good hands with Mr. Trump at the helm:
“Any of us that have interacted with Pres. Trump knows [he is] someone who’s competent, who’s kind, who’s credible, who has the best of intentions,” Moore said the same week the president has come under a barrage of blistering criticism from members of his own party.
“These leaders are playing politics,” Moore said of Senators Bob Corker, of Tennessee, and Arizona’s Jeff Flake, who earlier this week offered public rebukes of the commander-in-chief – one in a testy exchange captured on Twitter; the other in an emotional speech announcing his retirement in 2018 on the Senate floor.
Read the entire piece here.
Competency, kindness, and credibility is in the eye of the beholder.
Moore can’t be this naive. Of course Trump comes across as competent, kind, and credible when the court evangelicals come to the White House. Who acts like a jerk when a clergyman is in the room? How does Moore reconcile such competence, kindness, and credibility with the incompetence, meanness, and lack of truth-telling that Trump displays on a daily basis?
Moore and the court evangelicals should read the late David Kuo’s book Tempting Faith: An Inside Story of Political Seduction. Here is a description:
David Kuo came to Washington wanting to use his Christian faith to end abortion, strengthen marriage, and help the poor. He reached the heights of political power, ultimately serving in the White House under George W. Bush. It was a dream come true: the chance to fuse his politics and his faith, and an opportunity for Christians not just to gain a seat at the proverbial table but also to plan the entire meal.
Yet his experience was deeply troubling. He had been seduced, just as so many evangelical conservatives had been seduced by politics. Tempting Faith is a wrenching personal journey and a heartfelt plea for a Christian reexamination of political and spiritual priorities.