No, I don’t think so, there’s no free pass here. The conduct of the President is perhaps the most consistent thing about him. He is the same person, in action and character, today, as he was three years ago, and many years before that. The proof was there in interview after interview, writings, audio and video, in newspaper and court records going back decades. The Evangelical Right endorsed President Trump with eyes wide open and Bibles shut tight.
The magazine states that these actions, and the character that lead to President Trump’s impeachment, were not as obvious or clear in the past as they were during the impeachment proceedings. That is not just an attempt to avoid responsibility for past inaction, that is a lie. This particular conversation was a revelation, perhaps, but the President’s past actions and character were certainly not.
The article claims that they took their time, refusing to rush to judgment, practicing charity in the face of mounting criticism for their inaction. They position themselves as waiting in wisdom. I find it hard to believe that is honestly the case. I’m reminded of two things, Mathew 7:15-20, and Mathew 21:18-22. The signs were there and Jesus did not wait to render rebuke.
I am glad that this discussion is finally being brought out into the open, but the timing and the tone are as self-serving as their excuse for waiting, and that frustrates me.