Senator Bernie Sanders gave America a peek into what we're missing out on, as he is not our president, when he manically screamed at President Trump’s nominee for deputy director of the Office of Management and Budget, Russell Vought. Vought is well qualified, except for the inconvenient fact that he is an openly Christian man.
Vought wrote in support of Wheaton College’s firing of Larycia Hawkins, a political science professor who donned the hijab on social media to stand in solidarity with Muslims. Hawkins enjoyed tenure at a widely respected conservative evangelical college, yet she chose to espouse views that were in direct opposition to her professed faith. Since the dust-up that Vought referenced in his writing at The Resurgent, Hawkins has ceased to attend church and no longer professes a biblical view of Christianity.
Finding nothing wrong with Vought’s qualifications or positions on balancing figures, apparently Vought maths well. Senator Sanders reached deep within his well of disdain to produce a rabid hatred of Christianity. He used a letter from the Arab American Institute to question Vought’s fitness for confirmation. (The irony of Sanders siding with Arabs who want Israel wiped from the face of the planet is stunning.) The AAI letter said that Vought "denigrated American Muslims and Muslim faith." That’s interesting. The Koran teaches a similar type of condemnation of those that do not worship allah.
Sanders then went on to repetitively question Vought on whether his writing was “Islamophobic.” At one point, Vought replied, “Absolutely not. I’m a Christian, and I believe in a Christian set of principles based on my faith. That post … was to defend my alma mater, Wheaton College, a Christian school that has a statement of faith that includes the centrality of Jesus Christ for salvation.”
Sanders screamed back at Vought, “I understand that you are a Christian!”
Well, alrighty then!
Here is the passage that riled Sanders: “This is the fundamental problem. Muslims do not simply have a deficient theology. They do not know God because they have rejected Jesus Christ his Son, and they stand condemned.”
This isn’t just Vought’s opinion; it is sound Christian theological doctrine.
We are fortunate that Sanders feels so empowered to be so openly harsh on professing Christians who seek higher office. It allows us to know who is who. Sanders is a godless “Democratic Socialist” – a term that attempts to cover the horrible record of socialism -- who lies for votes. As such, no one is shocked or finds his penchant for hearing room theatrics noteworthy. But this display wasn’t simply more of that. In this particular case, Sanders took Vought’s writing for The Resurgent and attempted to utilize it as a religious test, one that neither his own faith nor that of Islam could pass.
All three Abrahamic religions believe that their path to eternal reward is the only true one. The difference is in the application, as those of Jewish extraction do not proselytize, Christians disciple, and Islam teaches the subjugation and murder of those who will not willingly join up. None of the inconvenient facts about the teachings of Islam are ever uttered by Democrats: The Koran calls for those who refuse to submit to have their heads separated from their necks, or to pay a religious tax for the rest of their lives. Sounds fun.
Bro. Bernie is a useful idiot in this case. The historic disagreement between his faith (loosely practiced) and that of those he chooses to speak for are on display worldwide as terroristic acts claim the lives of innocents in the United Kingdom, Germany, and France. All of those nations have allowed mass migration from majority Muslim countries and now suffer terrorism as a routine fact of life as their recompense.
And Sanders has no room to question the written opinions of others with his own past works, which are littered with the mental detritus of rape fantasies and questionable positions on everything. It’s wonderful to see Russell Vought take such a strong stand for Christ in a public setting. He declared his Christian faith no fewer than three separate times during the exchange. “I am a Christian,” he professed loudly into the microphone while looking directly into the camera. The only thing missing was an offer to lead Sanders to Christ. Maybe next time.
Christians must decide to follow in Vought’s footsteps and make the same type of stand in our everyday lives, during the daily encounters that delineate us from unbelievers. In kindness, in love, in truth, without fear, with longsuffering, IN CHRIST.