Evangelical Elites like John Piper sound different in 2020 than 2012. Why is that?
Did I promote blasphemy when I voted for Mitt Romney?
Did I promote divorce when I supported Ronald Reagan?
Evangelical Elites have a new standard in their attempt to keep conservative voters at home: to vote for Donald Trump is to endorse his immorality, they claim. All of it.
John Piper is the latest preacher to show a lack of moral judgment. He opined against developing a moral calculus that one party might be better than another party.
He writes, “I will not develop some calculus to determine which path of destruction I will support. That is not my duty. My calling is to lead people to see Jesus Christ, trust his forgiveness for sins, treasure him above everything in this world, live in a way that shows his all-satisfying value, and help them make it to heaven with love and holiness. That calling is contradicted by supporting either pathway to cultural corruption and eternal ruin.”
Fascinating. Compare to what Piper wrote in 2012:
“Barring catastrophe, Obama or Romney will be president (yes, I know you may see it as a catastrophe even if either does get elected). The likelihood that both presidencies will be identical in the good and evil they do is infinitesimal. One will very probably do more good amid the bad, even if only a little.
“We can be part of that guess, or sit it out. God promises wisdom to those who seek it. So the likelihood that prayed-up, Bible-shaped Christians will tip the scales toward the incrementally worse regime is small. Therefore, the likelihood that we will waste our time voting seems small.”
So, when a candidate who believes blasphemy about Jesus was running in 2012—Christians like Piper decided that reducing evil—if only a little—was a legitimate way to vote.
In 2020, Piper thinks such a calculus is a bad idea.
Orange Man Bad!
Again, consider Piper’s indictment of leaders today: “It is naive to think that a man can be effectively pro-life and manifest consistently the character traits that lead to death — temporal and eternal.”
Let’s ask this question, but rephrased for 2012—can any candidate who blasphemes our Lord and Savior be effectively pro-life?
For a Christian, the heresy against God is a far greater evil than crimes against our fellow man. Yet, Big Eva ignored those sins.
And then, “When I consider the remote possibility that I might do any good by endorsing the devastation already evident in the two choices before me, I am loath to undermine my calling (and the church’s mission) to stand for Christ-exalting faith and hope and love.”
Can John Piper answer his 2012 challenge? Can he say there is no difference in evil between the regimes? And how could he claim that Trump—a wretched sinner—is actually worse than a blasphemer like Romney?
And let us explore the lesson of Ronald Reagan. Reagan was divorced. His opponent was Southern Baptist Sunday School teacher Jimmy Carter. Did we promote the culture-killing sin of divorce?
Were our parents wrong in 1980 to pick a Cold Warrior over the malaise of Jimmy Carter?
War with Gog & Magog
Christians must stop thinking that the best President is the best Christian. George W. Bush was one of the most sincere believers in recent history to be President.
How did that work out?
He was 1 for 2 in Supreme Court picks.
He was strong and decisive in responding to the 9-11 Terror Attacks.
He foolishly invaded Iraq and justified the decision by telling the French President that he was going to fight Gog and Magog.
With the thousands and thousands of Iraqi war dead in the balance, why do so many Christians today praise George W. Bush? He’s very popular and declared presidential by the Never Trump crowd of secular and religious conservatives.
I voted for Romney. I voted for George W. Bush. I voted for Donald Trump. I’ll do so again this year. I’ll do so to prevent increased persecution against Christians (Democrats pledge policies that will harm the church) and to fight abortion and to establish the rule of law.
This election will determine if we still are America. It is that important.
Piper’s thinking was right in 2012. He’s seriously wrong today.