By Tank Murdoch
(TNS) MSNBC “Morning Joe” co-host Joe Scarborough, a one-time RINO congressman from Florida, attempted to take President Donald Trump to task Friday morning during his program over his appearance and actions at the National Prayer Breakfast.
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Scarborough, who described himself as a “twice-divorced, backslidden Baptist” — which is usually another way of saying, ‘I don’t go to church anymore’ — criticized Trump for allegedly “attacking” lawmakers and deep state operatives who were responsible for attempting to depose him via impeachment.
As noted by far-Left website Crooks And Liars’ Susie Madrak:
Many of us have a complicated relationship with Christianity — or no relationship at all. Raised in churches that were often rife with hypocrisy, we walked away. But the higher nature of church teachings still inspire us, and like Joe Scarborough, I am disgusted by the craven unwillingness of evangelical leaders to call Trump to task on a spiritual basis. Ever, about anything.
Scarborough was furious about Trump turning yesterday’s National Prayer Breakfast into a chance to attack his enemies. He compared the modern evangelical movement unfavorably to the civil rights leadership of churches in the Sixties.
“He couldn’t tell you the difference between the New and Old Testament, and yesterday he mocked the words of Jesus Christ. Now listen, since Franklin Graham and Jerry Falwell Jr., Robert Jefferies and all of these other so-called religious leaders are not telling those of you who weren’t raised in the church why it was so grotesque for people at the National Prayer Breakfast and in the White House to be laughing at Donald Trump mocking the words of Jesus Christ, let a twice divorced back-slidden Baptist tell you,” Scarborough said, “practically spitting,” as Madrak described.
“Let me read you the words that the president of the United States at a national prayer breakfast was mocking yesterday. And how sad. Think about it. How sad. Not a single evangelical leader came out yesterday and stood up for the words in the gospel of Jesus Christ. Taken from the Sermon on the Mount,” he continued, calling it the “centerpiece of the gospels.”
“Jesus said this — ‘You have heard it said, love your friends and hate your enemies, but I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons and daughters of your father in heaven. If you love only those who love you, what reward will you get? And do not even evil men do that? And if you greet only your brothers, only your friends, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? Be perfect, therefore, as Arthur Brooks was saying yesterday, as your heavenly father is perfect,” Scarborough continued.
“It is the centerpiece…whether you were a believer or not, it is the centerpiece of the gospels of Jesus Christ to love your enemies, to forgive those who have persecuted you, and to show mercy and kindness and meekness. That should be your goal, and yesterday at something called the National Prayer Breakfast, Donald Trump mocked the words of Jesus Christ, and he got applause for it,” Scarborough said, adding that he was marking Thursday as “a dark day in the history of” America.
It’s interesting to hear Scarborough chastise the president for ‘failing to forgive his enemies’ — even cherry-picking Scripture to do so — when he spends practically every moment of every one of his shows attacking Trump and ‘failing to forgive him’ for anything.
What Jesus also taught is that human beings are imperfect, including Scarborough. And the Bible also calls out hypocrisy and hypocrites…like Scarborough.
Doesn’t Scarborough’s self-righteous call-out of the president remind you of Matthew 6:5, which says:
And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites
are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and
in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men.
Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.
Or John 4:5:
Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar.
For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen,
cannot love God, whom they have not seen.
The hatred for President Trump displayed by Scarborough, his co-host bride Mika Brzezinski, their guests, and his network on a daily basis is obvious, palpable, and visceral. Yet he attacks the president for attending a prayer breakfast when he himself admits he has let his own religiosity slip.
There is also this: President Obama’s administration was openly hostile to Christians, mostly through education policy and via Obamacare (forcing Little Sisters of the Poor, who are Catholic, to cover the cost of contraceptives in violation of their faith). Was Scarborough so quick to point out the former president’s mocking of the Scripture? Hardly.
Scarborough got his ‘reward’ this morning when he stood in public playing the ‘righteous man’ — a few hundred thousand viewers watching. But that’s it.
And according to the very Scripture he quoted on his program, that’s all he’s ever going to get.
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