There is a great deal of rhetoric swirling around the Trump indictment which can be broken down into four categories of opinions. I would like to offer a fifth, unique Biblical Christian perspective.
The Four Perspectives
First, there are those who dislike Trump on a personal level and see this as a way to exclude him from another presidential run. They believe he is an inherently bad person, harmful to our country, and in need of being stopped from ever holding public office again. The ends justify the means.
Second, there are those who see the indictment as evidence that no one is above the law. Many in this second group are more of a sub-section of the first. They use the phrase “above the law” as a diversion from their real opinion that Trump, because of his overall character and political ideology should not be president again.
Third, there are those who believe this is a political hatchet job and support Trump for that reason. When looking at so many others who have escaped prosecution, or whose actions have been whitewashed by both the media and those in power, they are angry and feel Trump’s trumped-up charges are unfair. These are the Republicans who would normally be less than supportive of a Trump candidacy but see rallying around him and against the left as a higher calling.
Fourth, there are those who see Trump in a favorable light and defend him regardless of any underlying truth or justification for the DA’s actions. The MAGA Republicans view Trump’s Presidency over Biden’s without reservation. As part of the third group above, they believe this indictment, at the very worst, to be a moral indiscretion, politically motivated, and just another in a stream of challenges for a man trying to repair the damage done by the entrenched establishment.
A Fifth, Unique Perspective
I am an Independent Conservative and, not a Trump fan. As I watch the talking heads on CNN, MSNBC, Fox, and others, one clear point emerges and speaks to both media bias and the deterioration of our country, in general.
There is a middle ground where I believe we all should be standing. Right now it appears to be empty.
My premise is that no one should be above the law AND everyone should be treated equally under the law. There is absolutely no question that Clinton (both of them), Biden (all of them), and many other former government leaders have broken the law and should be prosecuted for their actions.
What I find amazing and extremely saddening is that of the first four groups mentioned above, no one is calling for equal justice under the law. Two of the groups are ignoring the atrocities of their favorite leaders and demanding Trump be judged “honestly and fairly”. The second two groups are demanding that, by comparison, Trump’s sins are nothing compared to their opponent’s behavior. They suggest that because no president or former president has ever been indicted before, Trump should not be held accountable for his actions.
A Biblical Christian Worldview Perspective
Our country is a mess and getting worse every day. The divisiveness over the Trump indictment is just another example of how we are splitting apart on so many fronts.
If Trump committed a crime, he should be held accountable for it, the same being true of the Clintons, the Bidens and so many others. A president, a CEO, a congressman, a newscaster… all should be held to the same standard. Just because we have not done that in the past, does not give us a license not to hold Trump accountable for his actions. This country should be moving in the direction of expecting all our leaders to be held accountable for their actions. If it has to start with Trump, so be it.
Though divisive, there is talk on the Hill that indicting Trump will break the logjam of holding government officials responsible for their behavior. Perhaps Trump’s case will inadvertently open the door for others on both sides of the aisle to expect equal justice in the future.
We are a nation of sinners, both believers and unbelievers (Romans 3:23). God uses our laws and elected leaders as one way to keep us in check (1 Peter 2:13-14). Having future presidents consider that their actions will result in prosecution might be a catalyst for providing the country with a badly needed upgrade of both the competency and character of those wishing to hold such a powerful office.
1 Timothy 2:1-2 First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.
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