Category: America Written by Nick Pitts
On Friday, video surfaced that depicted Donald Trump describing in vulgar terms his approach towards women. "I've got to use some Tic Tacs, just in case I start kissing her," Trump says from a bus as he and host Billy Bush are about to make a cameo appearance on the daytime show "Days of our Lives." Trump goes on to say, "You know I'm automatically attracted to beautiful — I just start kissing them. It's like a magnet. Just kiss. I don't even wait."
During a 2005 conversation with Billy Bush, then of "Access Hollywood," Trump spoke of how "when you're a star, they let you do it." "It" being such actions as groping women without their consent and moving on them like he is a magnet and they are the fridge. Trump, apologizing if anyone was offended, called it locker room talk. If that is locker room talk, we need to hit the showers.
Since then, Billy Bush has been suspended by NBC, but Trump continues his pursuit of the presidency. "I've never said I'm a perfect person, nor pretended to be someone that I'm not. I've said and done things I regret, and the words released today on this more than a decade-old video are one of them. Anyone who knows me knows these words don't reflect who I am," Trump said.
No doubt, locker room talk is salty. There is a reason why we don't talk about certain things in mixed company. But to dismiss this as locker room talk indirectly enables such talk to continue to contaminate the silence with smut.
However, Trump's language is nothing new in our world today. Rather, it joins an on-going choir that has been singing of their sexual liberty since the 60s, all the while enslaved to their own desires.
We live in a highly-charged sexualized world. Even Playboy had to change their business plan because of the prevalence of pornography. It is estimated that forty percent of American adults use pornography. Between the ages of eighteen and twenty-six, that number increases to eighty-seven percent. There were approximately 1.5 billion searches for Internet porn in the first eight months of 2013. The numbers are not only staggering because they illuminate the pervasiveness of the problem, but revealing in that they show a great demand. Our culture flocks to 50 Shades of Grey, shouts their abortion, flaunts their sexuality, and sings along to Miley Cyrus when she swoons "Only God can judge us."
This video does not reveal anything new. Trump has appeared in at least two Playboy videos, has openly cheated on his wives and bragged about it, and has even gone so far as to objectify his own daughter.
My criticism of Donald Trump does not indicate my support for Mrs. Clinton. Nor does my criticism of one part of his character suggest that I believe he is unqualified to assume the office of the Presidency.
There are many issues in this campaign and a number of qualities one investigates when deciding whom to vote for. But to be silent on sin for the sake of weakening your candidate's likelihood of attaining office reveals that you yourself may be the one with the issue.
Our hope is not in the president, nor should we fear our political opponent. Rather, our hope is found in the Lord, who also happens to be the one we should fear.
Miley Cyrus is right. God will judge us—both the believer and the unbeliever alike. He will judge us for our actions, inactions, words spoken, and words left unspoken—including in the locker room.