From Calvin’s commentary on Isaiah 1:23-
…no disease is more injurious than that which spreads from the head into the whole body, so no evil is more destructive in a commonwealth than a wicked and depraved prince, who conveys his corruptions into the whole body both by his example and by the liberty which he allows. Hence, too, comes the proverb, “like mistress, like maids.”
I confess to being optimistic for the possible good things that may be done by President Trump. We know what Hillary’s presidency would have brought.
But there is a great danger here, and that is that Christians, for fear of undermining Trump’s power and thus derailing those possible good things, will refrain from speaking out against his immorality. I have already witnessed much of this. But there is far more at stake here than legislative victories and Supreme Court justices. The real problem in America is the wickedness of its people, and it seems likely that Trump, at least by his personal example, will indeed mainstream behaviors that we Christians ought to find unacceptable. This is one persistent fear I hear voiced by his opponents, and one that I find among the most plausible, that many young men will grow up believing that the sort of talk and behavior that Trump has demonstrated toward women is acceptable. We must be clear that it is not.
Now, it is pretty rich for the same political party who celebrated Bill Clinton, who invited rappers like Jay-Z and Kendrick Lamar (Obama’s favorite rapper) to now be lecturing us about moral standards. But liberal hypocrisy aside, the danger is nonetheless real, and Christians ought not be blinded to it out of a hope for transient political gain.