Election 2016: Evangelicals face a Mordecai Moment

(Originally published on FeedingJimmy.com on November 6, 2016. The article explained it better than the podcast.)

Joseph Rossell, wrote Election 2016: Evangelicals Face a “Hagar Moment,” in a blog post that got picked up by the Aquila Report. Here we go. Another stupid article where some hand-wringer tries to make us Christians feel guilty about voting for Trump.

Sorry, buddy. I’m not motived by guilt like liberals are. I’m motived by justice. As such, I will be voting for Donald Trump over Crooked Hillary, who belongs in prison. There’s no Hagar Moment. On Election 2016, Evangelicals face a Mordecai Moment.

Before I explain the Mordecai Moment, let’s laugh about how stupid it is to compare an election to Abraham conceiving a son by Hagar.

An election happens on one day where we must choose between two candidates. Vote for Candidate A or Candidate B. Either or. Choice one or Choice two. Okay?

How is that like Abraham? God promised him a huge swath of land and a son to inherit it. It was open-ended. But when Abraham and his wife got old, he conceived by her servant girl. Where’s the connection?

Mr. Rossell writes:

The 2016 presidential elections present a “Hagar Moment” for white self-identified Evangelicals. By that I mean we face a similar conundrum faced by Abraham, who undermined God’s will because he lacked faith that God would provide for him in a challenging situation. Similarly, Evangelicals risk sacrificing their Christian witness by taking matters in their own hands for political expediency.

Who says that Abraham undermined God’s will and proved unfaithful? This is some idea that got caught up into the Christian echo chamber. The Bible doesn’t say that.

God also promised the promised land. But Abraham had to abandon it during famine. Was that a sin? If so, then Joseph, Jacob, and the Lord Jesus himself sinned when they found shelter in Egypt.

Just to thrust a knife through the idea of a Hagar moment, let’s not forget about Abraham’s other other woman, by whom he had a bunch of sons! Genesis 25:1 reads, “Abraham took another wife, whose name was Keturah. She bore him Zimran, Jokshan, Medan, Midian, Ishbak, and Shuah.”

So when I voted for Republican Mike Conaway down-ballot of Trump, what would Mr. Rossell write? Election 2016: Texas’s 11th district faces a “Keturah Moment”

Look, I already spent way too much time debunking the Hagar Moment. Moving on.

The Mordecai Moment

During the Babylonian Captivity, there was this smoking hot jewish chick named Esther. Her parents died so her older cousin Mordecai took her in. The guy was wise and all that.

At the time this king took the throne named Xerxes. He loved a lavish lifestyle. Some called him a blow-hard. But not to his face. And his favorite tagline was, “You’re fired!”

In fact, he said that to his own wife, Queen Vashti. “You’re fired!” Then he looked for another wife.

Sound familiar?

To find another wife, he did this huge — I mean YUGE — taste test of women. A total smorgasbord of hot babes to be his new wife. He did it bigly. Grabbed a different one by the pussy each round. The whole kingdom watched this months-long contest to be the next Queen.

You sure that doesn’t sound familiar?

And guess what. That hot Jewish chick Ester got recruited to join the harem– err, I mean contest. Yup. She got put up with some really nice accommodations.

And here’s the Mordecai moment. Wise, Old Mordecai didn’t make a big fuss about his Jewish foster daughter entering the gentile King’s harem — er, I mean contest to be Queen.

Why? First, because Xerxes had already showed that he had a semblance of justice. He at least cared about the ramifications of his actions. When he took counsel regarding how to deal with insubordinate Queen Vashti, the Bible says:

Then Memucan said in the presence of the king and the officials, “Not only against the king has Queen Vashti done wrong, but also against all the officials and all the peoples who are in all the provinces of King Ahasuerus. For the queen’s behavior will be made known to all women, causing them to look at their husbands with contempt, since they will say, ‘King Ahasuerus commanded Queen Vashti to be brought before him, and she did not come.’ This very day the noble women of Persia and Media who have heard of the queen’s behavior will say the same to all the king’s officials, and there will be contempt and wrath in plenty. If it please the king, let a royal order go out from him, and let it be written among the laws of the Persians and the Medes so that it may not be repealed, that Vashti is never again to come before King Ahasuerus. And let the king give her royal position to another who is better than she.

-Esther 1:19

So Xerxes showed he was wasn’t reckless like the Pharaoh from whom Moses parent’s hid him. And when it came time for Esther move to the palace, Mordecai made a decision based on the cold hard facts of the situation he was in.

He was a Jew in Babylonian captivity. Was King Xerxes drinking and harem a good thing by jewish law?

No. But the time to agonize over the details of the Jewish law was when the temple stood in Jerusalem. The time to hold a King to a jewish standard was when a Jewish King sat on the throne in Zion. That time was long gone. As Jeremiah 52:1-3 says:

Zedekiah was twenty-one years old when he became king, and he reigned eleven years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Hamutal the daughter of Jeremiah of Libnah. And he did what was evil in the sight of the Lord, according to all that Jehoiakim had done. For because of the anger of the Lord it came to the point in Jerusalem and Judah that he cast them out from his presence.

Justice as Good as God’s

The book of Esther doesn’t mention God, but it’s theme is justice. When we don’t see God, we can count on his justice. Just as Psalm 97:2 says, “Clouds and thick darkness are all around him, righteousness and justice are the foundation of his throne.”

Where’s Justice in Hillary Clinton’s world?!

King Xerxes fired a wife when she didn’t come to a dinner party he told her to. He had in mind the ramifications of his actions on the entire kingdom. Hillary Clinton’s husband raped women. Repeatedly. Why didn’t she fire him?

Think about the ramifications on the country. Think of the women in abusive relationships. If Hillary becomes president, where will they find the courage to leave those terrible men? Women will recount how the first female President only got there by suffering through an abusive relationship.

We can’t agonize over the fact we don’t have an ardent Evangelical man to run for president. The last time we had one we hung him out to dry. George W. Bush. He suffered the withering fire of slander without any cover fire from us Evangelicals.

This Tuesday, we need to make a cold, hard decision based on the facts. It’s our Mordecai moment.

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Author: Jim Kinkade


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