The Runback: The Golden Calf
CPAC's disgusting display of blasphemy is a new low for conservatism
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News and Politics
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Guest Post: It’s Time for the Government to Deliver: Former Delegate Herb McMillan on the government’s response to the pandemic.
The Monday Thought
Well, CPAC was what I predicted it to be. There’s no denying that.
But no speeches, no appearances, no nonsense over the stage setup can possibly top this.
A Golden Trump statue. Does it remind you of anything? Like, maybe Exodus 32:4?
So all the people took off their earrings and brought them to Aaron. He received their offering, and fashioning it with a tool, made a molten calf. Then they cried out, “These are your gods, Israel, who brought you up from the land of Egypt.”
The irony is that many people who got their photograph or touched or otherwise venerated this false idol probably claim to be loyal Christians.
Of course, they also twice voted for a serial adulterer who doesn’t attend Church or feel the need to ask God for forgiveness for anything. So that ship hand kinda already sailed.
This isn’t Donald Trump’s fault, though. Sure, Donald Trump encouraged this type of hero politics, but this is not his fault.
It’s the fault of the conservative movement.
It’s the fault of relying too much on the evangelical movement to prop up the conservative movement.
It’s too many people who believe false prophets like Joel Osteen who preach the prosperity gospel.
It’s too many people who prefer worshipping in mega-churches where Christian teaching is sacrificed for pomp and circumstance.
It’s the fault of all of those who put election performance ahead of everlasting principle.
Of course, the entire episode of the Trump Golden Calf again highlights the hypocrisy in American politics yet again. Now, the left is criticizing the right (well, specifically those few people who seem to attended a well-diminished CPAC) worshipping an idol of Trump. Ten years ago, the right was criticizing the left for practically deifying Barack Obama.
Pictures. Magazine covers. Songs were sung in school. The left practically made a cottage industry out of worshipping the man.
I hate that I have to say this, but nobody should put this much faith in any mortal man.
Then again, should we hardly be surprised when Church attendance is down so significantly?
Don’t get me wrong; the Church has plenty of issues of its own during these times. But getting people into a liturgically-based Church would do wonders for the future of this country.
The Trump Golden Calf is not surprising. But it represents a new low point for conservatism.