Now let me begin by saying that we must draw a distinction between being happy about Trump and being Trump Happy.
If I had thought that a scheduled surgery tomorrow was going to take my right leg off above the knee, and the doctor came in to announce a change of plans, meaning that he had decided we only needed to remove a couple of toes, I really would regard this as a bit of good news. It would not be stand-alone good news, but compared to what I had been thinking the alternative was, it would still be good news.
And while saying this, I do acknowledge that certain cabinet announcements thus far have felt more like a foot rub by a trained masseuse than a toe amputation—particularly Education, EPA, and Health and Human Services—and the reaction to all this by the progressives . . . well, the entertainment value has been high.
But precisely because the entertainment value is high, a caution is in order. There is a common logical fallacy committed by Christian conservatives, and I think it really will be a possible snare for us here. For example, how many Christians think that a biblical view of sexuality is “anything that makes feminists angry?” I mean, talk about a low bar. Virtually anything makes them angry, and I am afraid it is not the case that virtually anything is a biblical view of sexuality. Feminists don’t like Proverbs 31 women, but then again, they don’t like Vegas fan dancers either.
And George W. Bush was not a movement conservative simply because of the existence of the Bush Derangement Syndrome. The fact that Bush could get progressives to start barking at the moon does not mean that whatever he was proposing was somehow in line with a biblical world and life view. Sometimes it was, and other times it was not.
Now I believe that when it comes to Trump and any resultant derangement syndromes, we are about to have a record-setting four years. In other words, Trump will release another YouTube video, and he will say, “My fellow Americans,” and thousands will go off like so many bottle rockets.
So look around you. How many Christian conservatives did not vote for Trump, or voted for him with high levels of reluctance and discomfort, only to discover themselves thrilled and delighted with the pathos of the screaming progressivist reaction to their Hillary loss? That freak out has been de profundis, untouched by however many puppies the diversity offices of our nation have tried to apply to all the emotional butt hurt. And how easy it will be for these reluctant Christians, initially reluctant about Trump for good reason, to breathe a sigh of relief and go back to their jobs? “The liberals are going crazy. America must be in good hands.”
My only point here is to encourage us to keep our political engagement principled, and the discomfiture of liberals is not that principle.