Few of the political intelligentsia would have guessed back in the 17 Republican candidate days that Trump would be the last man standing. But there his is.
This comprises a heartbreaking outcome for many evangelical Christians who saw Ted Cruz as the candidate who truly represented us. There can be little question that he did. He made that evident not only by stating a conservative position, but also by fighting for it, at times all alone.
However, for many conservatives holding all the right positions embodies just one of the salient qualities of a good candidate. The other one resides in the capacity to implement that agenda.
In fact, this has been the issue all along. Cruz advanced the right agenda, but was confronted by such hostility from the RINO’s, the media, and almost every other contingent that it was hard for him to get things done. In addition, though possessing a pleasing personality, he lacks that “take charge of the room” quality needed to make things happen.
Trump on the other hand seems to be a wild card when it comes to his positions but has the personality, savvy, and other characteristics to get things done. His business success supports that conclusion.
The primaries highlighted this difference between these candidate. Trump started the primary campaign as a Fox outsider. Now he has somehow managed to become a Fox insider, while they have not given Cruz the time of day. Cruz used his intellect to get Colorado delegates while Trump did not even show up in Colorado. Trump, however, turned that to his advantage by screaming that the system is rigged, positioning himself as the true outsider. Of course, the system was not rigged, but Trump had the media presence to sell his message whereas Cruz did not. Therefore, the outcome of the primaries displays the very issue at hand. Trump has the capacity to get things done.
For that reason, many conservatives have opted for Trump because of the desperateness of the hour. We need someone who can solve the immigration issue, which through Obama’s ceaseless nefarious efforts becomes more daunting by the day. We need someone who can fix the economy, the healthcare, our tax system, our foreign policy, and the military. We need someone to stop the ceaseless government interference in business and our personal lives. We need someone to put an end to political correctness. In other words, after Obama has trashed this nation for eight years we need someone who can get things done in order to restore our national health and strength. More than anyone else, Trump seems to have that capacity.
But, will he pursue the right issues? His off the cuff comments expose him as being all over the map. It is easy to get whiplash trying to follow the dots. For example, he seems to be okay with Planned Parenthood.
I get the sense that Donald Trump has a long list of agenda items, with so many factors needing fixing, but that social issues are not among them. Therefore, on these issues, he will lean in the most expedient direction. The Left will be pushing him hard, and therefore if evangelicals and other conservatives do not show up he will probably gravitate toward their positions. I sense that he would be just as happy, perhaps happier, to take our positions on this items, but he is not willing to expend political capital to make that happen.
This is where the evangelical church comes in. The days are past in which evangelicals can count on the Constitution, the President, the Congress, and the Courts to uphold their rights. We also have left behind the good ole’ days in which a few parachurch organizations can fight our battles for us. We appreciate organizations such as American Family Associate that are on the front lines taking on our cultural enemies for us, but unless the church develops some sort of unified structure and a unified strategy for confronting these issues, we will be on the losing side, even with a Trump presidency. Should Hillary win, we would be in the fight of our lives, not too different from the Jews in the Warsaw ghetto.
I have just finished writing a book entitled Counterattack: Why Evangelicals Are Losing the Culture War and How They Can Win, which offers a strategy that will enable the American evangelical church to win the culture war. It should be coming out in about two months. If ever the church needed an effective strategy it is today.