Madeline Crabb
Glass houses, stone-throwing, and self-righteous hypocrisy
By Madeline Crabb
October 16, 2016

People who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones!

This past week has been unprecedented in the amount of stones being thrown from people living in proverbial glass houses – specifically from, but not limited to, people like the Clinton clan. We've all been deluged with repeated airings of an audio recording from 11 years ago of two men, Donald Trump and Billy Bush, privately discussing women. We are not going to repeat the words again.

Suffice it to say that many women find such words unacceptable. However, boys and men have been talking this way about women for eons. Sadly, women now also talk this way about men. Ahh...There you go with your self-righteous, "No we don'ts." Let's face it: Women's speech in the 21st century is almost as vulgar as any man's locker room language.

Vulgarity is everywhere. TV is replete with it. Some reality shows only exist to promote vulgarity and promiscuity. Rap music has been demeaning women since its inception – and we're not just talking about body parts, but of sexual violence and rape.

But what's worse than this glorification of vileness is that we women have been setting ourselves up for "objectification" for at least the past 15-20 years. When we no longer act like ladies, but talk, act, and dress like tramps or street walkers, how should we be treated? I'm not saying that it's right for men to demean women. However, isn't it possible that we encourage men with our own overtly sexual "presentation?"

Even Fox News commentator Megyn Kelly wears revealing clothing – to talk about news issues! Case in point: Her dress for the last presidential debate plunged towards the navel. If she didn't want men to look at her chest and breasts, she would have covered them. So, isn't it a bit hypocritical for someone like Megyn to, on the one hand, taunt men with her revealing and alluring clothing, and then to chastise and condemn them on the other hand? And for all women reading this article, please ask yourselves just what message you mean to send by your own appearance and speech. Just sayin'. Simply because it seems sluttiness is the new "look" for women doesn't mean it's appropriate. Further, we may elicit attention we don't want. (Or secretly do want.)

Now, as for the two men "caught" in the surreptitious recording...most women think that men are pretty much a bunch of Neanderthals. So, they were basically doing what Neanderthals do. Right? They weren't doing anything illegal. They were having a "chest-beating" and "one-upmanship" moment declaring their masculinity. It's testosterone-induced and tasteless. My husband works in athletics and confirms such talk and behavior are commonplace among men. Perhaps he has even participated in such banter...but he doesn't talk that way in my presence.

Again, I do not condone the talk done by men; neither do I feel such talk from women is appropriate. However, I understand that since godliness is no longer considered a virtue, something fills that void. In this case, it is ungodliness in all its vile, distasteful manifestations of speech and behavior.

The glass house dwellers condemning Mr. Trump include many from the political establishment – both Republican and Democrat. Of course, there are also those from the Christian community pointing fingers. For the first group, it is important to reiterate the throwing stones admonition. There are many books that reveal the activities of our beloved political leaders. Far too many of these people lose any sense of decency once they reach the halls of power in Washington D.C. Ron Kessler's Inside Congress is one particular eye opener. Of course, much has also been written about behind-closed-door presidential behavior of more than one president. It's all tawdry and disgusting.

Sadly, Americans tend to put our elected officials on pedestals. We worship them, instead of understanding they are mere mortal men with the same character flaws all mortals have. Worse, there is something highly destructive about power. As Lord Acton once said, "Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely."

Money/greed should be added to the corruption equation. In the halls of power, money is the motivating factor behind a majority of decisions made, laws passed. The greed and corruption are so insidious that if America really knew the truth, we'd march on D.C. en masse and fire all the bums! I knew government corruption was great, but didn't totally understand until reading Peter Schweizer's Extortion: How Politicians Extract Your Money, Buy Votes, and Line Their Own Pockets. Perhaps the saddest part about the corruption is that We the People allow it to happen.

Our current elected officials have made a royal mess of things. They've incurred almost $20 trillion of debt that can never be repaid, and yet, continue to spend. They've either passed laws, or allowed a dictator in chief to write executive orders that wrest control from the individual states and citizens to wield over us. They've succumbed to a shocking level of corruption within the "glass house" halls of power. So, it is both hypocritical and dangerous to excoriate Donald Trump for words spoken in a private conversation over a decade ago, arguing that said words should disqualify him from seeking the presidency. Ineptness, greed, and in some cases, outright stupidity should disqualify a majority of the stone throwers currently serving in government.

As for the other stone throwers from within the Christian community, perhaps we should remind ourselves that we are all sinners. In fact, Scripture says, "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God." (Rom. 3:23 KJV.)

Dr. James Dobson told us months ago that he understands Donald Trump is a "baby Christian." In church talk, that means he is a new Christian, just learning Scripture, and a new way of living his life. Most of us understand that our quest of being transformed into the image of Christ takes a very long time. In fact, it takes a lifetime, and yet, we will never be perfect. Jesus Christ has been my Lord and Savior for 31 years, but I still fall woefully short of my goal of becoming like Christ. Christians are to become more Christ-like, but we will never be without sin while we are in our earthly bodies.

Donald Trump has a whole life of behavior and speech the Lord is helping him change. When we accept Christ as our Savior and Lord, we acknowledge that we want to change. Then God, through His Holy Spirit, will help transform us into "new creations." In other words, all Christians, even Mr. Trump, are in the "transition" process. So for Christians to condemn him for something that happened long ago is unfair. Actually, we need to be praying for his understanding of how God wants him to live his life. We need to be praying God brings other Christians into his life that will help instruct him, be examples of godly behavior and speech. If we don't think he's "Christian enough," then we should pray for him to become more Christian. If we don't think he's really a Christian, then we should pray him into the kingdom. True Christians should fully understand these two options. Who are we to doubt what God is doing?

Whether or not any of us like the fact that Mr. Trump is the presidential nominee for the Republican Party is irrelevant. Because he is the candidate tells me that God is allowing it. Therefore, we Christians should be praying God's will be accomplished. None of us can totally understand God's reasoning for anything He does. The Bible says, "For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, My thoughts than your thoughts." (Is: 55: 8-9 KJV)

Finally, let's go back to the "leakers" of this tape. Today it has been reported that Bush himself leaked the tape. (Bush is the cousin of Jeb and George W. Bush, men opposed to Donald Trump.) Jeb Bush felt entitled to the presidential nomination, and most of his family is unhappy, to say the least, with Mr. Trump. Revenge? Who knows? Nonetheless, leaking the tape has cost Billy his job.

Remember that just before the first debate Mr. Trump's tax information was leaked. Before the second, the "naughty language" tape was leaked. Both leaks were meant to take the focus off of issues truly important to American citizens, and onto side issues that might inflame certain parts of society, especially when mainstream media repeats the words and associated name calling ad nauseam. Since a huge segment of society can no longer think or reason, the mind-numbed-robot citizens were enraged, at least for a while.

But why are we enraged at Donald Trump? Because Hillary Clinton sycophants and mainstream media tell us so? What has Mr. Trump done to undermine our freedoms? Is he responsible for all the problems listed above?

The answer is that he has spent a lifetime building a hugely successful business from the ground up. He's worked hard and long hours to achieve success, despite being told he couldn't do it in Manhattan. Even his father tried to dissuade him. Like most entrepreneurs, he had his share of failures, but he never quit. News flash: Some people quit when the going gets tough. Some even depend on the government to bail them out, including major banks and brokerage firms, mortgage lenders, the automobile industry. Of course, the MSM and Federal Government tell us these entities were "too big to fail." Uh huh...

At age 70, the highly successful Mr. Trump is still working hard, and now wants to apply some of his business and leadership knowledge to the problems plaguing America. He wants to help fix problems he is NOT responsible for. He wants to make America great again. But the leftist, globalist cabal that's been running America can't let this happen.

So what are we going to hear more of for the next month until Election Day? Lies, accusations, name calling, and mud- slinging for starters...Stone-throwing, and self-righteous hypocrisy from glass-house dwellers and enemies of Mr. Trump that include the Republican Party, the Democratic/Socialist/Communist Party, and all traditional media. How do we respond? Perhaps we shine spotlights into these glass houses, or maybe shatter the glass with truth. But first, we must discern truth. If we pray, God will direct us. To anyone willing to hear....

© Madeline Crabb


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Madeline Crabb

Madeline Crabb is a Christian, a Constitutional Conservative, and a patriot. Holding a degree in journalism and public relations, and training from the Leadership Institute, she has been a columnist since 2000, and has written for various Christian newspapers around the country. As a “watchwoman” on the wall (Is.62:67), Madeline calls all citizens to awaken, arise, and act in restoring one nation under God.


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