When The Good Son Is The Bad Son, and The Bad Son Is The Good Son

Matthew 21.28-31 asks, what do you think? There was a man who had two sons. He went to the first and said, son, go and work today in the vineyard. I will not, he answered, but later he changed his mind and went. Then the father went to the other son and said the same thing. He answered, I will, sir, but he did not go. Which of the two did what his father wanted? The first, they answered. Jesus said to them, Truly I tell you, the tax collectors and the prostitutes are entering the kingdom of God ahead of you.


The child who does what we ask without arguing is a blessing and a rarity. The child who negotiates what he is asked to do with complaining and arguing is the norm. In the end, our ‘good’ child is the one who does what they are asked regardless of their attitude in getting it done. While their character no doubt needs some work, we usually measure behavior by what gets done.


Many Christian conservatives despise President Trump. He is obnoxious, belligerent and has a sordid past. They really dislike the man and feel like they cannot vote for such a reprobate. Yet, these same Christian conservatives struggle to articulate a single policy the president has implemented that offends them. They love his pro-life stance, they love his religious freedom rhetoric, they love his middle-east peace deals, they love his choice of judges, etc. etc. it’s just the man, in good conscience, they still feel the necessity to not vote for in November. Instead, they plan to vote for an irrelevant third-party candidate so they can remain in good conscience.


Jesus places the good son, in His parable, among the worst of His society in the eyes of the religious leaders, tax collectors and prostitutes. Yet it was this son, the son who did his father’s will despite his anti-father rhetoric, who pleased his father and was considered the ‘good’ son.


Watching the riots in various cities and listening to the rhetoric of those who do them and those who support them, democrats all, makes clear, a godless state based on Marxist values is the goal. The left does not seek peace with the right but submission by the right. The America we were born into and grew up loving is being viciously attacked by the left.


The third-party good candidate, even if elected, would not be successful. Why? Because in our current system, the legislature is controlled by majority party. Unless the third-party candidate sweeps also one of the chambers with their fellow members, the third-party president would be entirely powerless with the legislature. I doubt you know a single third-party candidate running for US Senate or Representative. Are you planning to vote for them too? President Trump, in addition to his other good works, nearly forces his party to his ways because of his popularity by so many. Conservative values and ways are best maintained and regained by a republican president. The current Supreme Court nominee is case in point.


It’s time to stop taking the posture of the religious Pharisee, the people God in Jesus called snakes, vipers and hypocrites, by judging the president by his words and instead measure the man by his actions as president and vote accordingly. The president is the only person standing in the gap between traditional America, what is left of it anyway, and total deconstruction into a socialist/Marxist and godless state. It is the president and his policies that have limited abortion, stopped the LGBTQ “gay equality” agenda and encouraged churches to open in the midst of Covid shutdowns.


To my conservative Christian friends, I urge you to vote Trump in November, then rejoice in what he does for the country while keeping the sound off when he speaks! Trump is the good son, vote for him.

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