For many Christians, the election of pro-life conservative Donald Trump to the White House was a monumental victory. He has managed to garner the support of vast swathes of the evangelical community, and pastors and congregants alike are declaring that God had a hand in putting him in this position. But there are some things we should be wary of in this dawning Trump-era. Jonathon Van Maren at LifeSite News highlights 5 things.
1. We need to stop getting sucked in by fake news stories.
"I see these getting posted in my Facebook newsfeed, and it makes me cringe. Christians have a responsibility to truth, and posting fictitious conspiracy theories makes us look both deceitful and gullible. It’s pretty easy to tell if something is fake news or not—just look at the URL. If it’s something like screaminglibertyfreedomeagle.com, it’s probably run by some kid in Ukraine. If you need to check further, a quick poke around the Internet will let you know if anyone else is reporting the same story."
2. In addition to truth, goodness and beauty also seem to be getting lost in the noise.
"Much of the political debate now seems fueled by rage—which has its place—to the exclusion of all other sentiments. The enemy must be destroyed, not persuaded. The opposition must be crushed, not convinced. Yes, the progressive Left created this climate. But that doesn’t mean we aren’t responsible
3. We have to remember that while there are many different factions on the right-wing of the political spectrum that may be co-belligerents in the fight against secular progressivism, we need to be discerning.
"Anti-Semitic alt-righters, for example, can have no place within any movement identifying as Christian. The vicious meme trolls, cyber lynch mobs, and other online commentators passing off objectively racist remarks as mischievousness and trying to hijack conservatism with their libertine nihilism should not be defended, much less
4. Some conservative outlets must get over their instinctive compulsion to defend each and every thing Donald Trump says or does.
"To view any politician as uncritically as much of conservative media (with many notable exceptions) is doing is dangerous, much less a man as unpredictable as Trump is. Nothing in his past dealings or in his campaign gave any indication that he was the sort of solid, dependable, and principled man deserving of such trust. Gleeful celebration each time Trump smashes the media may feel cathartic, but it’s eliminating the ability to see things clearly and objectively."
5. The same goes for celebrity culture.
"The “enemy of my enemy is my friend” mentality is beginning to create ridiculous scenarios, such as Catholic bloggers describing flamboyant provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos as one of the best representatives of Catholicism today. This is a man who brags about his promiscuous