One of the oft-repeated complaints right now among American Christians is that, ugh, the choices are just so -rotten- for the devout during this presidential election. We have Cruz, who's kind of creepy even if you like him. There's Trump, a blowhard who says *gasp* offensive things (quite unlike the character of Christ). There's Sanders, an irreligious jew who's conveniently found God in his heart recently. And Hillary, who's had a Saul on the road to Sodom experience, declaring that religious people need to update their beliefs to be more in line with the Democratic party.
Not exactly 'devout', this bunch, no matter how crazy Beck gets on stage with Cruz. I grant this.
However, I seem to recall W was very devout - and he's been directly responsible for Christians being all but completely wiped out in the Middle East. Didn't do much on the abortion front either.
For Catholics, our own Pope is responding to ISIS-provoked slaughter by washing muslims' feet and whisking muslims off to safety while betraying Christian refugees. I've been told, by numerous people, that this is about as Christian as you can get, short of unlocking your doors and inviting terrorists in to enjoy your hospitality before, during, and after they rape and murder you.
Our pro-life leadership has announced, in no uncertain terms, that anyone who holds women responsible for their abortions is some kind of alt right monster, completely out of touch with the pro-life movement who regards them all as victims.
And we've got no shortage of clergy and leaders portraying Christianity as a religion where, if a muslim breaks into your house and starts killing and raping your family, it's better to die than kill him in self defense, because a Christian's job is to save souls and never harm a hair on a poor soul's head - after all that little lost lamb may have a conversion experience someday.
What I'm getting at is: what if our likeliest 'devout' leadership are so screwed up on average that it would be better for Christians to have a cultural Christian (God-believing, Christian-friendly, but not exactly trying to be a saint) at the reins than to pick some pontificating jackass for the same role?
Put another way: if I had to choose between Donald 'Forgiveness? Why? All my ex-wives think I'm great' Trump and a laicized Pope Francis for the presidency, Trump would win in a heartbeat.
Because Christian leadership has proven itself to be so inept that so many of them are no longer worth looking to for much of anything.