At the close of the Constitutional Convention of 1787, one of the delegates heard a woman ask Benjamin Franklin, “Well, Doctor, what have we got—a republic or a monarchy?” Franklin replied,
A republic—if you can keep it.
I’m afraid that some of my Christian friends have forgotten their duty to keep the republic. When I ask those who are vocal Trump supporters how their faith allows them to justify his daily assaults Christian values and refusal to respect the law or faithfully execute the office of the presidency, they reply that they are willing to tolerate his flaws for the chance to capture the Supreme Court for a generation. With the court packed with conservative judges, they say, murdering millions of innocent unborn children will finally become illegal.
I have no doubt that they really believe this. But they are taking the republic for granted. Overturning abortion rights cannot outweigh the damage Trump is doing to the republic. What difference does the Supreme Court make if we lose the republic? Why should we care about abortion laws if our government doesn’t follow the law? Keeping the republic and upholding its laws must be the first duty of every citizen.