- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 20, 2020

Pete Buttigieg, in a CNN town hall, suggested Christians who support President Donald Trump aren’t acting in accordance with the Christian faith.

And then he kissed his gay “husband” and skipped off the set, exit, stage right. Not really.

But you get the picture.

It’s not really that Americans — at least most Americans — give a hoot or holler that Buttigieg is gay.

It’s just that Christians who read the Bible and who don’t deny the truths of the Bible know full well what the Bible says about homosexuality and marriage and find it eyebrow-raising, at best, to be lectured by Buttigieg on what constitutes Christianity, versus what does not.

“Well,” he said, in answer to CNN host Erin Burnett’s question about Christians who support Trump, “I’m not going to tell other Christians how to be Christians, but I will say I cannot find any compatibility between the way this president conducts himself and anything that I find in Scripture.”

The audience cheered.

Buttigieg continued: “Now, I guess that’s my interpretation. But I think that’s a lot of people’s interpretation, and that interpretation deserves a voice.”

Fair enough.

But then again: The Bible’s pretty clear on certain points. In fact, take a hermeneutics class and it’s even clearer: The Bible’s not really one of those books that needs tons of “interpretation.” It’s in the “interpretation” that the lies and deceits and skews of truths come.

The left likes to makes the case that everything is open to interpretation — that theorizing and debating and mulling in context of considerations of the modern days, the modern politics and culture, must go forth, else truths are compromised. This is because the left doesn’t like to be constrained by pesky absolutes. Open the floor to debate enough times on enough issues, then rights and wrongs disappear like wisps of smoke. Confusion comes — the swoop for control shortly follows.

This is what the left does to the Constitution.

Democrats take the Constitution, toss out the founders’ original intents, original meanings, and come up with their own interpretations of constitutional law that they then sell to an uninformed citizenry. Voila, we have abortion. Voila, we have welfare. Voila, we have open socialists serving in public office and running for president of the United States.

But worse than “interpreting” the Constitution is “interpreting” the Bible.

To say it’s incompatible with biblical truths for Christians to support Trump is to deny the Scriptures regarding the adulterous King David, the persecuting Saul-turned-Apostle-Paul, the murderous Moses, the disobedient servant Samson, the womanizing King Solomon — and more.

To say it’s incompatible with biblical truths for Christians to support Trump while flouting the Bible definition of marriage and the Bible teachings on homosexuality is a flash of prideful arrogance.

Buttigieg might want to choose his words more carefully. It’s not the offended Christians he has to fear.

• Cheryl Chumley can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter, @ckchumley. Listen to her podcast “Bold and Blunt” by clicking HERE. And never miss her column; subscribe to her newsletter by clicking HERE.

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