I’m in the Nashville area attending a conference for people involved in church leadership positions. The conference is built around a series of talks by Christians describing how their religious identity has helped them through adversity and how that adversity helped strengthen their faith.
The first speaker yesterday was David French. Yes, that David French, the one who writes for National Review, the one who has been tagged as the president of the Never Trumpers. Like me, French did not support Trump in 2016, and his continued opposition to the President has been costly for him at times.
French built his talk on the biblical narrative of the Assyrian siege of Jerusalem and King Hezekiah’s response. Rather than call on Egypt for help, Hezekiah listened to what God was calling him to do through the prophet Isaiah, and the Assyrian siege was eventually broken. In French’s view, Hillary Clinton might have been a terrible choice for President, but turning to someone like Donald Trump was not unlike the temptation of turning to Egypt for help against the Assyrians, something to be avoided. For French, refusing to support Trump was a refusal to take an unnecessary choice between two evils. In his view (and mine), many Christians have been too caught up in the political polarization afflicting America. The rancor isn’t healthy, and it leads us into false dilemmas.
In the end, the real choice is between worldly power and Truth. Sometimes, standing up for our understanding of the Truth can be costly, but it’s worth the price. Truth wins in the end.