During a weekend appearance on “Meet the Press” reading a letter to the editor of the Lexington Herald Leader from January 2018, NBC News anchor Chuck Todd suggested that Trump voters "want to be lied to" since they believe in "fairy tales" -- like Noah's Ark. The letter read, "[W]hy do people support Trump? It's because people have been trained from childhood to believe in fairy tales... This set their minds up to accept things that make them feel good... The more fairy tales and lies he tells the better they feel... Show me a person who believes in Noah's ark and I will show you a Trump voter." Todd added, "[T]his gets at something, Dean, that my executive producer likes to say, 'Hey, voters want to be lied to sometimes.' They don't always love being told hard truths."
I make mention of it, here, my liberal friends, because you all seem to be scratching your heads in wonderment as to why Christians vote for Trump and are obtuse about the constant attacks by your ideological brethren … and sometimes even yourselves every day … in every way. For me, the most offensive part of the Todd exchange is the notion that the story of Noah is a fairy tale feel good story … because that notion is a ridiculous lie. Todd’s conclusion … like that of many others who nodded in reflexive unison … is likely the product of impressions left by toy manufacturers and the “Biblical Intuition” of fallen away Catholics and other nominal aren’t-the-animals-in-the-boat-cute Christians.
Noah’s is not a feel good fairy tale story. The story of Noah is about God’s universal justice visited upon a fallen and depraved world. It is a story about the God’s just destruction of largely all mankind as retribution for its depravity. But, more importantly, it was the harbinger of the availability of salvation through faith by the grace of God. It was Noah’s faith in God that saved him from death as God returned the world to its watery and chaotic state prior to the creation. It is … at best … a cautionary tale. But, a story featuring the destruction of mankind is hardly a feel good fairy tale. But, like Apostate Pete, it was Chuck’s Biblical intuition that was the basis for his ‘agreement’ with the not-so-smartest-boy-in -the-class remarks of the letter writer, not a reading or study of God’s Word, or the fossil and archaeological records that support it. No, for Chuck, science is relegated to the prediction of the weather, the 102 ‘known’ genders and the selection of pronouns.
For those of you who are not acquainted with God’s Word and reflexively nodded with Chuck’s comments, understand that you have no idea what you’re talking about. The Bible contains 66 books … 73 if you are Catholic (7 additional Old Testament Books). It is written by 35 authors in 3 languages (Greek, Hebrew and Aramaic). It is seamless in its historicity and more of it is archaeologically and historically affirmed with each passing day. The books contained within it feature every imaginable manner of conflict, sin, and trouble endemic to the human condition. These books don’t contain feel good fairy tales. Quite the opposite. They contain the wisdom of the ages and the road map for salvation that challenge us to die to self.
You see, it is this constant barrage of ignorant and derogatorily demeaning liberal commentary about who we are, what we believe and the nature of our God that is offensive. I frequently see pleas of liberals that we return to civility. Understand, my friends, from where we are sitting it has not been civil for a good long time. But, I know, you don’t see it that way. You think that you’re right and that your 'rightness' makes you 'righteous'. If you had read The Book … you would know that that is simply not the case.
I encourage you to reconsider your position.