Judging Clinton’s and Buttigieg’s sex lives, while ignoring Trump’s, doesn’t pass the straight face test, let alone any sort of systematic theology. But when my husband pointed this out, the evangelical world pounced.
This reveals more than a partisan double standard. It also reveals the unintended consequences of the church’s crass political expediency of 2016.
First, the AFA ploy showed that our “deeply held religious beliefs” were not that deeply held. By defending Graham from critique, the AFA “family” organization finds itself defending the reputation of a serially married, self-described sexual assaulter who paid a prostitute hush money (and lied about it).
Second, it caused us to overlook other sins.