It's a new word. I made it up. I felt the expression "ethics of Trump" was too bound by previous constraints on what ethics are. Whereas 'Trumpthics" reflects the entirely new way that the Whitehouse is going to be run. It's the ethics of bluff and bluster.
Today's news is full of examples. The way that Donald Trump has decided to appoint his son-in-law as a senior Whitehouse aid, despite laws about nepotism. His lawyers have found a way around them.
The way that many of Trump's appointments to his cabinet have yet to provide the necessary declarations about their financial conflicts of interest. Why should they bother? Donald managed to bluff his way through the campaign without ever disclosing his tax return, repeatedly claiming that he couldn't because of an IRS audit, when they repeatedly claimed he could. The problem for the billionaries that Trump has chosen is that they appear to have so many conflicts of interest it's going to take sometime to disentangle them.
Then there's the head of communications strategy with a proven record in plagiarism. She needn't worry because Melania lifted a section of Michelle Obama's speech without suffering too much fall out.
But the biggest "Trumpthics" issue of all is the Russian hacking scandal. Is it all "FAKE NEWS - A TOTAL POLITICAL WITCH HUNT!" as Donald Tweeted? (Twitter must be his biggest fan - he's singlehandedly revitalised a form communication that was on the wane!) Or is there some truth in it? Do Russian intelligence agencies have "personally compromising material related to him"? That was the question on the BBC News Website (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-38579126).
It made me smile. Because I am sure that they have personally compromising material relating to Donald Trump - don't we all?! The news has been full of it over past months. The more that the spotlight of world interest has shone onto the life of Donald, the more that we have been exposed to his dubious morality, past and present. But when you run you life according to Trumpthics it doesn't matter! You just continue to bluff and bluster your way to becoming the President of the most powerful country in the world.
The Bible says that with Jesus a spotlight is brought to bear on all our lives. What it shows up is not pleasant. It shows that we have all failed to treat God and other people as we should. The God who knows us inside out says that we're morally and spiritually sick. And we don't want to admit it.
John 3:19 "This is the verdict: light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. 20 Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed."
The light of Jesus faces us with a decision. To bluff and bluster our way through life with our own version of Trumpthics. Rewriting what is right and wrong, good and bad, acceptable and unacceptable according to our own standards rather than God's. Or to admit our sin and seek the forgiveness and fresh start offered through Jesus death and resurrection.
Donald Trump's ability to career along seemingly unmoved by the standards previously adhered to by American Presidents is frightening. But what he is doing with the ethics of US establishment is merely what we so often do with God's ethical standards in a much more subtle and private way. The question is will we hide in the darkness or be willing to come into the light and admit it?