The new raison d’être of the left seems to be an all-out effort to usurp the moral high ground, and what could be better to accomplish this goal than to quote the Bible? Perhaps no one is better at twisting Scripture into a pretzel, interpreting it inaccurately, or using it as a weapon against conservatives and Donald J. Trump than these intolerant leftists.
Enter Dana Milbank
This week’s Moralist-in-Chief is the esteemed Mr. Dana Milbank of The Washington Post. Recently, Liberty Nation touched on the topic of the left putting on a public full-court press to claim this elusive moral high ground. Unfortunately, Mr. Milbank must have missed that article and felt the need to write an op-ed called, “This isn’t Religion. It’s Perversion.”
At the heart of Milbank’s morality play is a storyline in which the Republican Party has become a “cult” under the leadership of President Trump. His polemic makes the point that administration officials are acting in a barbaric manner by separating children from parents who have crossed the U.S. – Mexican border illegally. You’ve likely heard this new “progressive” narrative that is being beaten into the ground 24/7 by the liberals and their cohorts in the media.
Mr. Milbank even goes so far as to itemize the characteristics of cults and goes on to posit that the president is the leader of this “perverted” sect. And in typical left-wing fashion, Milbank takes a swipe at Evangelicals who support the president. This is a subtle variation of the FBI officials who called Trump people “P.O.Ss” or pieces of s*** and fits in nicely with “deplorable and irredeemable” “hillbillies” who shop and Walmart and “smell.”
On the pages of the Post, Milbank writes that Evangelical Christians are hypocrites because they “looked the other way when Stormy Daniels and the “Access Hollywood” tape surfaced.” Calling Trump a serial adulterer is always the first line of attack from the moralizers of the left — and it needs to be confronted.
Flawed Biblical Assertions
To use the Bible to make a valid point, one must have a sense of the whole. This is always the place where leftists make their fatal mistake. Taken in its entirety, one can clearly see that while God is against adultery, he does not detest adulterers. In short, he hates the sin, not the sinner. We see this in 2 Samuel 11 when David not only sexually desires Bathsheba — he sets up the murder of her husband. Again, in Genesis 20 we observe Abraham handing over his wife Sarah to Abimelek, king of Gerar. And yet the Lord was able to see past these sins – blessing Abraham and going so far as to call David a man after his own heart (1 Samuel 13:14).
Those who know and understand the Bible don’t ignore Mr. Trump’s adulterous behavior, they just don’t view it as the totality of the man.
This brings us to Mr. Milbank’s point number two where he attempts to use Romans 13 against Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Sarah Sanders regarding the illegal immigrant children being separated from their parents.
In this chapter, the Apostle Paul writes about submission to authority – again Mr. Milbank tries to put this in the context of what comes before this passage (practice hospitality) and after (love each other). Even a cursory reading of Romans 12 reveals that Paul is talking about the ecclesia – the church – also known as the body of Christ. He discusses how those within this ecclesia should treat one another. This chapter is not about people who break a nation’s laws or are engaged in criminal activity.
At the end of Romans 13, we are urged to “love one another.” Milbank interprets this as an admonition to “care for the poor and the oppressed.” And this is the crux of the matter. Conservatives rightly view these immigrants as law-breakers while leftists see them as the world’s underprivileged class that we are “called” to take into our country. But these people who illegally trek across the border are not seeking asylum. They are violating the clear and well-stated laws of the United States of America and are engaged in criminal activity.
Due to his lack of adequate Biblical knowledge, Mr. Milbank’s assertions are fatally flawed. His abortive attempt to misinterpret Scripture coupled with his distorted view of America’s immigration law demonstrates an intellectual dishonesty.
In his article “This isn’t Religion. It’s Perversion,” Mr. Milbank is intentionally manipulating the Biblical text to support his distorted view. In the end, he commits the very sin of perversion by corrupting the message of the Bible and the law of the land.
Hat tip to Warren McClurg.