Back during the primary, and even in the run up to the election, I took issue with faith leaders who endorsed Donald Trump. I felt they were ignoring the call to stand on godly principles, in favor of their fearful, worldly flesh.
I still believe that.
Christians had an opportunity to put not only an experienced leader in the White House, but a godly one, as well. There were so many godly men to choose from, who were also well-versed on policy.
This was a missed opportunity that may have far reaching effects that we don’t even see, yet.
With that in mind, you’ll have to forgive me if I take an “I told you so” attitude with Tony Perkins, head of the Family Research Council, and others who tossed their support to Trump during the election, who are aghast at what is going on within Trump’s administration today.
Specifically, Trump’s decision to keep in place an Obama-era LGBT workplace protection executive order, which would exclude Christian businesses from participating in government contracts, of any kind.
Also, Trump’s decision to keep in place an Obama international envoy, tasked with promoting LGBTI acceptance around the world, as part of American foreign policy.
The reinstatement of open homosexual Randy Berry as Special Envoy for the Human Rights of LGBTI Persons was reported Monday by the homosexual newspaperWashington Blade. It is another blow to pro-family advocates who oppose the LGBT agenda and are counting on Trump to root out homosexual and abortion activists from the foreign affairs bureaucracy after eight years of Obama’s leftist policies.
“Keeping Berry only signals to the world that the extreme agenda of the Obama years is still deeply entrenched in the State Department,” said Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council.
Berry was set in place in 2015, and has made it a mission to promote the LGBT agenda, including homosexual marriage, worldwide. He became a part of the U.S. State Department during that remaining weeks of Obama’s administration, and inserted the homosexual agenda into the office specifically tasked with dealing with religious freedoms around the world.
According to the Center for Family and Human Rights (C-Fam), Berry:
“not only oversaw the incorporation of LGBT into the religious freedom office, something not included in the Congressional mandate that set the office up, but he also oversaw the persecution and eventual exit of employees, foreign service officers, Christians, who objected to mixing LGBT with religious persecution.”
So LGBT is a religion now?
Keeping a “diplomat” on board, specifically for the purpose of promoting a homosexual agenda to other nations might be overstepping our bounds, just a bit.
At least, that was the reaction when Obama tried it. I’m not sure why Trump would feel they’ll appreciate it any more from him, other than the fact that he made certain promises to the LGBT community.
In African nations like Kenya, where homosexuality is illegal, Obama’s “neo-imperialistic” promotion of homosexuality was unpopular. “The fact remains that this issue is not really an issue that is in the foremost mind of Kenyans,” said Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta during an Obama state visit in 2015.
Caribbean nations, too, strongly resisted Obama’s pro-LGBT priorities. In Jamaica, a 2014 poll found that 91 percent surveyed supported keeping the country’s anti-buggery law, which American diplomats like Berry were working diligently to overturn. (Buggery is an English term for homosexual sodomy.)
It’s interesting that liberals are quick to shake their fists at Christians and say we shouldn’t/can’t impose our morality on them, but they will appoint special envoys to try and export their twisted version of what is “moral” to other nations.
Trump’s willingness to keep this going adds to the list of ways that pro-family advocates have felt let down by him.
- As the new president-elect, he said in an interview that legalized homosexual “marriage” is “settled” law. Critics noted that Trump did not say the same about Roe v Wade, a much older Supreme Court decision.
- He reinstated Obama’s 2014 pro-LGBT executive order for federal contractors, which forces private businesses and ministries to adopt pro-homosexual and pro-transgender policies.
- He now continues Obama’s pro-LGBTQ foreign policy promoting “human rights” based on aberrant sexual and gender behaviors.
Certain decisions are of a comfort to them, such as putting Jeff Sessions in as Attorney General and cancelling Obama’s policy of pushing for “bathroom rights” for transgenders, which would have thrown open bathrooms and locker rooms to the chaos of trying to determine who was a woman, who was a man, who thought they were the opposite of their reality, and who was just going to take advantage of this insanity, in order to get their peep on.
Neil Gorsuch was a good idea, as well.
Tony Perkins and other pro-family advocates have called on Trump to remove Obama’s liberal, “sexual activists” from their U.S. foreign policy positions.
“The Obama administration has systematically filled the ranks of State with LGBTQ and abortion activists,” Perkins wrote in December. “Unless the next Secretary of State is willing to resist and remove this embedded agenda, the promotion and protection of true human rights, like religious liberty, will continue to languish.”
Perkins said that if the report on Trump retaining Berry is true, “it will be a disappointing development for people at home and abroad — not to mention a major setback in getting the State Department back on track with its statutorily defined mission of promoting human rights and religious freedom.”
LGBT activists are encouraged that Obama’s policies are well-in place and they don’t see a major push by Trump to unsettle anything, including allowing “transgenders” to serve openly in the U.S. military.
But now there is a larger question for Trump’s conservative supporters and his “progressive” foes: Is he inclined to overturn Obama’s pro-LGBTQ policies at all, or does he consider maintaining those policies part of his repeated campaign promises, including those he made at the Republican National Convention, to defend the “LGBTQ community”?
What? You didn’t believe him?
Trump has lived the majority of his life as a liberal. His liberal daughter and son-in-law are very much in his ear.
God was just the prop he used to hook endorsements from men like Perkins. He showed everyone his intentions during the convention.
Also, don’t expect a man who shows up at the National Prayer Breakfast and turns it into a forum to attack others, use profanity towards a chaplain, and otherwise honor himself to suddenly go against his own nature.
You were warned.