By Victor Ochieng
President Donald Trump is scandal-ridden, no doubt. From the things he said and did to the things he continues to say and do, scandal and controversy are their definitions. Regardless, there are some people who still run to his support whenever he’s put on the spotlight.
It’s appalling that most of the notable leaders who’ve been supporting him are religious leaders, more specifically evangelicals.
The latest to come to his defense is former actor-turned preacher Kirk Cameron. In the middle of the stormy episode generated by the revelation of the president’s affair with former porn star Stormy Daniels, whom Trump reportedly paid to remain silent, Cameron has come out to tell the world that God has forgiven Trump. How he knew that we don’t know.
Reports recently came out that Trump had a s*xual affair with Daniels, not long after his current wife Melania, also a former nude model, gave birth to their son Barron.
Despite all these terrible things surrounding the president’s life, he still enjoys 80% support from Evangelicals. In a recent interview with Charisma magazine, Cameron came to Trump’s defense, saying, “Trump is similar to biblical figures like David and Paul,” adding, “They sinned but God forgave them and they did great things for Christians. I’m sure God has looked into Trump’s heart and forgiven him and he will do great things for the faith community.”
Pastor Franklin Graham, son of the famous Billy Graham, is also among those who’ve expressed their support for Trump. Just like many Trump supporters, Graham said he doubted whether or not Trump really got s*xually involved with the former stripper. He also said he doubted that the president actually used the word ‘sh$*hole’ in reference to Haiti and African countries.
“He said he didn’t say it,” said Graham. “I don’t think any of those senators, if he did use that language, have heard that word for the first time. I’m sure that’s a word they’ve used before, I think there’s a little hypocrisy here.”
But then, Rev. Dr. William Barber castigated Graham and fellow evangelicals who continue to support Trump. According to him, all Christians who support the New York billionaire and his policies are “heretics” who’re driven by nothing else but money.
“What we see here is a mass coverup by so-called white evangelicalism that’s more about, as I’ve said before, cash than Christ,” he said. “It’s heavily funded, you see Franklin Graham saying we have a sin problem. We see 365 days of attacks on voting rights, that’s sin, attacks on Muslims, that’s sin, attacks on the LGBT community, that’s sin, attacks on health care, attacks on living wages, giving the greedy and the wealthy tax breaks on the backs of the poor and the working poor. Wherever you look in the scripture, that’s sin. Anyone who attempts to justify that is engaging in a modern day form of heresy.”