OK, so I found this opinion on a news app on my Android Tablet and found it so outrageously insane that I had to share this. I expected to be reading about how any Christian is making a mistake in supporting Trump. The author , David Brody, in his article, “In Donald Trump, Evangelicals Have Found Their President.” I only can hope they were not looking too long and too far. The article begins with the President sharing, a memory of Billy Graham, with the author. Then the author asks how Evangelicals could support a person as flawed as Trump?
It should be noted that the author only lists one characteristic described by news sources, which is blatantly immoral and sinful – namely the fact that he is a racist. The author of this opinion piece never provides any further comment on whether or not this was an unfair characterization of the president. Indeed, Evangelicals did publicly condemn racism, bigotry a few months ago and asked him to reconsider his support for neo-nazis, the KKK, and various white supremacist groups. The fact that this letter to him was ignored did not mentioned in this article that appeared on February 24, 2018, months after a woman was murdered by one of this groups. So, my first gripe is with regard to hypocrisy among the Evangelicals and various House and Senate Republicans who theoretically “Christian.”
Okay, quoting the main argument, ” …evangelicals take the long view on Mr. Trump; they afford him grace when he doesn’t deserve it. Few dispute that Mr. Trump may need a little more grace than others. But evangelicals truly do believe that all people are flawed, and yet Christ offers them grace. Shouldn’t they do the same for the president?”
It is argued that the Bible is replete with examples of flawed individuals being used to accomplish God’s will. Satan himself may be used to accomplish God’s will but I’m not going to vote for Satan. Trump doesn’t have a few flaws that we find in various individuals in the Bible, he has all the flaws that a person could have and could be found among individuals in the Bible.
In addition, these flawed individuals did repent of their sins and change their life. Other than Paul ( from the new Testament ) most of the flawed individuals were presented in the Old Testament ( the Hebrew Bible ). Let’s take an example, King David. We recall his sin of Lust that led him to try to orchestrate the death of the husband of a woman he wanted. Clearly he is flawed. However, he was credited with the Psalms, many of which allude to his trust in God that he a just man of God would grant justice with regard to his enemies that meant him harm. This proves that King David had repented and could call himself just and God-fearing.
In this opinion piece the author appears to suggest that one should ignore what he does publically and trust that when he comes to hear about God and Jesus in face to face conversations, he will grow and evolve or that they have discovered that he really is a good person despite that any person who has observed him, has seen his malice, his racism, his infidelity toward his wife. Despite the fact that a biblical dictionary would read:
The Seven Deadly Sins: See Donald Trump.
The fact is that it is very problematic to base one’s overall judgement of Trump on what you noticed in a face-to-face encounter. Did you miss his statements about how he could fool people into thinking he is or can be “presidential?” It is infinitely clear that Trump lacks a soul ( metaphorically speaking, if you will ). Even persons who defend him, know he should never testify in any interview about his conduct because they know he will lie. They even make up a term, perjury bait. Why do they fear him testifying in front of anyone? Do they want to invent a new mental illness characterized by an inability to tell the truth? That doesn’t matter anyway, since he has done nothing wrong.
What is the thinking here? Trump did bad things that are criminal but for him and only him, the laws do not apply. The mere suggestion that he follow the laws the country, that he should protect the Constitution and our country, these are things that we supposedly should not even expect from Trump.
The behavior of a president is very public. Therefore supporting Trump is equivalent to presenting him as a model for behavior for our children and teenagers. Jesus specifically addressed those who would lead a child to sin. So, characteristics of Jesus, such as love, compassion, empathy, sacrifice and avoiding sin, these are just liberal ideas that we should reject outright. You cannot possibly claim that all those behaviors modeled by Christ have absolutely no possible meaning today.
In order to get Trump to appear as if he had normal human characteristics like compassion when a person is hurting… listening to others… etc. When he spoke to the victims ( 17 high school kids and teachers ) who lost their friends in Florida, he needed a cheat sheet for the most basic of emotions and behavior that anyone, should just know. Certainly a Christian does not need to write down such very, very basic emotions, responses and behaviors in order to appear moral. We all sin and fail to be the perfect Christian but we instinctively know the basics of how we should act, the minimal requirements for how a charing, humane person should respond to people in pain.