Yesterday, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump called for foreign spies to (further) hack our national interests. Russia already has been credited with the hack of Democratic National Committee servers that permitted a Wikileak of party emails. This week, Trump urged Russia also to attempt to gain access to the email server Hillary Clinton used for State Department communications. *
Republican leaders, business leaders, scholars of the law, and retired senior military officials have all noted that calling for spies to access US government communications is, by definition, treason. Treason is normally an offense that lands a person in federal prison.
And maybe a prison term is the means by which God will allow Donald Trump to begin a new work of God, as so many of my conservative Christian friends expect he will.
You see, this isn’t the first time that a cloak-and-dagger assault on a presidential campaign has landed people in prison. During Richard Nixon’s re-election campaign, his team’s burglary of a suite in Washington’s Watergate Hotel put Chuck Colson, among other co-conspirators, into prison.
In prison, the late Colson became a firm believer (receiving the highly beneficial support of a weekly private Bible study under church historian and Gordon-Conwell professor Richard Lovelace). On release, he founded Prison Fellowship, now in its fifth decade of helping those imprisoned and their families, and seeking justice system reforms.
So now we have candidate Trump, whose Christian faith has been endorsed by numerous conservative leaders, and whose political activity has placed him — in the normal course of events — at risk of imprisonment.
Could it be possible that our next prison reformer is about to be born?
Only God knows.
Some relevant links
- Watergate journalist says Trump disqualified self with call for Russia to spy on Clinton
- George Will: Is Trump hiding Russian funding in unreleased taxes?
- Retired admiral: 100-plus Republican national security experts oppose Trump