I’m sorry, what?

Courtesy of The Atlantic

During his November 21 interview with Graham, Metaxas, a Salem Radio Network talk-show host, asked the son of the late evangelist Billy Graham, “What do you think of what is happening now? I mean, it’s a very bizarre situation to be living in a country where some people seem to exist to undermine the president of the United States. It’s just a bizarre time for most Americans.”

Franklin Graham, president and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelical Association, responded, “Well, I believe it’s almost a demonic power that is trying—”

At which point Metaxas interjected, “I would disagree. It’s not almost demonic. You know and I know, at the heart, it’s a spiritual battle.”

Graham agreed, though his defense of Trump was based on economic rather than spiritual or cultural issues. (Graham argued that a strong economy leads to more tithing and church-building programs.) Metaxas then complained, “People seem to have devolved to a kind of moralistic Pharisaism, and they say, ‘How can you support somebody blah, blah, blah,’ and then go on to cite how he’s the least Christian—you know, they go on and on, and I think these people don’t, they don’t even have a biblical view when it comes to that—you know, that if somebody doesn’t hold to our theology, that doesn’t mean they can’t be a great pilot, or a great doctor or dentist. I mean, it’s a bizarre situation that we’re in, that people seem only to have these standards for the president somehow.”

To which Graham responded, “I believe that Donald Trump believes—he believes in God. He believes in Jesus Christ. His depth—he doesn’t, you know, he went to churches here in New York; he didn’t get a whole lot of teaching.”

Well I will agree that it is a “bizarre situation” that we are in, because these are exactly the same people who called for Bill Clinton to be removed from office over a blowjob, and who compared President Obama to Satan, when it fact he may have been the most moral and ethical one of the lot. (Aside from Saint Jimmy Carter of course.)

I do not, at all, understand how these people can twist their moral compass into such a pretzel that it allows them to excuse the foul language, inhumane policies, and dishonesty of Donald Trump while gleefully attacking his far more ethical critics like this. 

But I guess that is the beauty of a situational faith. 

You only believe in that which supports your selfish desires, and discard anything that actually challenges you to be a better person. 

And the really scary part is that people listen to, and accept this rationalization.

I guess that’s how we get Trump supporters like this:

It is clearly a terrifying time for rational people in America. 

I suggest we all keep our intellects in a safe place until this all blows over.