Since he serves as president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary – the flagship school of the Southern Baptist Convention and one of the largest seminaries in the world, it is probably safe to say Dr. R. Albert Mohler Jr. (About – AlbertMohler.com) is smarter and wiser than I am. So, I listened quietly and respectfully when Mohler offered his opinion on the storming of the Capitol Building (see Thursday, January 7, 2021 – AlbertMohler.com for both the text and audio).
Did I agree with Mohler had to say? No. Did Mohler actually lie or say anything that is not true? No. He just began with some assumptions I think false.
- The election was conducted fairly.
- Trump’s followers, the people who showed up, are following a cult of personality.
One of the things that frustrates me is the honesty of Conservatives. With the best of intentions, we frequently stab the people we are allied with in the back, and that is what Dr. Mohler did.
Was the election conducted fairly? We can argue about whether the fraud was sufficient to change the outcome, but there is no question as to whether state and local officials ignored the Constitution. That is a huge problem.
Cult of personality? Based on what? Consider this excerpt.
Political parties exist to extend political principles and arguments over time, not a cult of personality. The American experiment in ordered liberty is inherently threatened by a cult of personality. And we saw the results of that yesterday. One of the things that I simply want for us to note again is the fact that so many of those who were there as protestors explicitly said that they were there in the name of Donald Trump. It was Trump that was the name on the banners. They were not making the argument about trying to perpetuate certain political principles or even policies or platforms. No, it was about continuing a person in office and in power. Now throughout human history, even recent human history, we have seen political cults of personality on the right and on the left. But we have to recognize they are equally disastrous either on the left or the right. And again, it comes down to that definitional question. For what does this movement exists? What does it stand for? If there is a name at the center of that answer, then that’s where you have the big problem.Thursday, January 7, 2021 – AlbertMohler.com
When I attended the rally I had a hat with Trump’s name on it. Why? Do I worship Donald Trump? No. Did I go to the rally to “perpetuate certain political principles or even policies or platforms”? Yes.
Dr. Mohler needs to actually listen to the speech President Donald Trump made at the rally. Trump laid out the case for a stolen election, not worshipping him. If we cannot run fair elections that our people believe are fair elections, then we will not be able to “perpetuate certain political principles or even policies or platforms”.
So, why did I wear a hat with Trump’s name on it? Why did people carry banners with Trump’s name on it? That has to do with how and why we elect people. When we elect our president, we put that man at the tip of the spear. We expect him to lead the charge in support of our political principles and policies, and we expect him to work the hardest and bear the brunt of brutal assaults upon his character. Therefore, when we rallied for Trump, I honored the man, knowing that he had persevered and remained strong where I would have faltered and fallen.
This is why we build monuments to our heroes, to honor their willingness to suffer on our behalf, not to deify them. And that is why so many are so horrified to see monuments and statues torn down by those ignorant of history and human fragility. Our heroes are human like us. If we cannot even honor the best among us, not even our dead, then none of us are worthy of love and respect.
Therefore, I think Dr. Mohler meant well, but I adamantly believe he judged those who attended the rally unfairly. Even though Dr. Mohler admitted that he voted for Donald Trump and would do so again, he was too ready to blame the people who attended the rally for events beyond their ability to control. When Dr. Mohler put together his briefing, we knew what had happened at the Capitol, but we did not know who was responsible, why they had done it, or how the rioters had gotten into the Capitol. We also did not know why the Capitol Police had failed to keep out the demonstrators. Even now, several day later, authorities are still putting together what happened.
To get an idea of the complexity of the issues involved consider this CNN story, Opinion: Whether unprepared or unwilling, police failed at the US Capitol – CNN. Consider this excerpt.
Look at the images of the day, and you will see some officers passively stand aside as the insurrectionists stroll into the halls of the Capitol, walking calmly between the burgundy velvet ropes. You will see some of the invaders pausing to take selfies with officers. You will see a certain chummy quality in the interaction between some Capitol Police officers and the rioters. This makes me wonder if, within the ranks of the Capitol Police, some were sympathetic or agreed with the rioters.
Recall how some officers this past summer in Kenosha, Wisconsin, responded to armed “militia” members during the unrest in the aftermath of the police shooting of Jacob Blake. They unabashedly welcomed their outlaw presence, even passing out water bottles to them. “We appreciate you guys, we really do,” one officer was heard on video saying.Opinion: Whether unprepared or unwilling, police failed at the US Capitol – CNN
Even CNN acknowledges that the Capital Police felt comfortable with Trump’s supporters. Why? Well, supposedly both Trump’s supporters and the police are on the same side. CNN would have you believe both the police and Trump’s supporters are racists. In actual fact, if you don’t support the police, it is ridiculous to call yourself one of Trump’s supporters. Ironically, considering how much CNN hates Trump, what that CNN editorial does is make the notion that Trump’s supporters attacked the police look ridiculously absurd.
Anyway, do you want to know the difference between honoring a man and a cult of personality? Remember this?
Democrats actually voted for a man who ran on a platform of change and hope. President Barack Obama promised to transform America and stop the rise of the oceans. All the people who voted for Trump did is hold their noses and vote for a guy who promised to make America great again by setting aside a bunch of ridiculous Utopian notions and putting our needs first. And Trump, because his promises were doable — something a man actually could do — was able to keep his promises. Surprisingly, he did, and for that I was happy to honor him with his name on my hat.