Warning: It’s not a pretty picture.
I’m worried about Sarah Huckabee Sanders. She seems to have no moral center. Sanders has been the White House’s water carrier for the president’s cruel and misogynistic attacks on women. It makes sense to turn to her. Can you imagine Sean Spicer trying to defend the latest round of tweets? I fear he’d implode before speaking. Sanders is in every way cooler, calmer, and better at taking fire from the press. But why on earth would she agree to do it? I could understand if she were simply deflecting the issue, but she is vigorously defending the president. She says he is right to do and say the things he does. Can she really believe that?
Sanders is the daughter of Mike Huckabee, southern Christian minister turned politician turned pundit. Sanders was brought up in a Christian household. Her father campaigned on Christian values in the past two elections. But I see no evidence of those values in her words or her actions. I grew up in Mississippi, surrounded by churchgoing Christians. When I attended church, as I often did when I was younger, I went to the Baptist church near my childhood home. The primary lessons of the southern Christian church are as follows:
- Accept Jesus into your heart as your personal Lord and Savior and you’ll have everlasting life.
- Do unto others as you’d have them do unto you.
I can’t know who’s living in Sarah Huckabee Sanders’s heart, but I don’t believe Jesus would defend the hate tweets that fly from our president’s fingers whenever he watches too much cable television. And I don’t know how she can square this behavior with the Golden Rule of treating others as you’d want to be treated. Jesus advised turning the other cheek. Sanders says it’s better to strike back. Unfortunately the visible and vocal Christians in the modern world seem to agree with Sanders. This is the face of modern Christianity: angry, twisted, defiant, and full of hate.
I know there are people in the pews every week who don’t live their lives this way, but in their silence they are complicit. Christians cannot claim the moral high ground when they spend so much time defending the indefensible. This is why so many people have abandoned the churches of their childhood. The stink of hypocrisy is too strong to bear.
Christians who don’t support the president’s personal attacks should speak up now and loudly. Otherwise the rest of are stuck believing that Sarah Huckabee Sanders is the natural outgrowth of a Christian upbringing. Here is a woman who defends brutishness, refuses to stand up for what’s right, and will say anything to keep her job. That she does it so well is not a testament to her character. If this is what it means to be a Christian in the modern world, then Christianity is an idea whose time has passed.