“Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles?”
Matthew 7: 15-16
I do not write this as a Christian who has it all together. In fact, I write this letter as a Christian who constantly finds himself in the process of “working out his salvation”, as the Apostle Paul puts it in his letter to the Philippians. I find myself in desperate need of Christ’s grace and forgiveness every waking hour of my life. Nevertheless, as a child of God, his word teaches me to rebuke my brother in Christ with gentleness when he persists in sin (Galatians 6:1). So here we go.
I used to have a lot of respect for you when I first heard about you. That was way back in 2013, when you promised to #MakeDCListen by standing up to the Senate Democrats and President Obama for shoving down their radical healthcare reforms down the American people’s throats. I respected you for standing up for your constituents’ beliefs. I respected you for your firm stances on protecting the vulnerable unborn and their right to life. I respected you when you spoke about protecting the U.S. Constitution with unparalleled passion and fervor. Then you announced your campaign for President. You promised to be an “outsider” who would reform Washington, D.C. with our Christian values. However, the more I observe your campaign, the more I find myself worrying that you might end up doing quite the opposite.
You see Senator, Jesus does care about our talk. But he also cares about how we walk the talk, especially when we claim to represent him. Similarly, he’s not just concerned about what you campaign for. He also cares about how you campaign for these things. He’s concerned about you when you let your campaign spread false rumors about other candidates dropping out, just to get a few more votes in an election. He’s concerned when you then refuse to take responsibility by genuinely reconciling with the candidate you hurt, when you issue a non-apology with the audacity to call your campaign’s despicable tactics “fair game”. He’s concerned about you when you divide the very constituents you seek to represent on urban-rural lines. He’s concerned about you when you repeatedly lie about your own record just as he’s concerned when you falsely slander that of your colleagues.
Jesus reminds us in the book of John that the world will know us “by our love for one another”. Simply put, your campaign can be found lacking in this love. Quite to the contrary, your campaign espouses the very qualities of Washington, D.C. you promised to fight against as the ‘principled conservative’. I understand that you have every right to run your campaign in whichever way you please. Still, if you’re going to talk about Christ so much on the campaign trail, please Senator, for the love of God, get your act together! I’m praying that you come back to Jesus and run your campaign in a “manner that is worthy of the calling you have received in Christ” (Ephesians 4:1).
A concerned evangelical conservative