It is a terrible 21st-century malaise when evangelical Christians decide that President Donald Trump is the chosen one. As a person reared in an evangelical Christian household, I can say this is an appalling and egregious lie. My parents inculcated biblical values such as love and compassion, living in service to others, helping the less fortunate, and striving to live a life of empathy, compassion and humility. This is the Christianity imprinted on my siblings and me; Trump is far removed from that Christian path.
Trump lacks fundamental Christian values and spiritual characteristics; his past and present personal, professional and now “presidential” behavior reflect this. His abusive words and his dishonest conduct pose a period of trauma and stress for large segments of the nation. I doubt that any follower of Jesus Christ would have separated so many children from their parents as they fled social unrest, violence and political uncertainty. Ironically, according to biblical teaching, the birth of Jesus was possible because his parents fled (read: immigrated) to protect him from a malevolent king.
Also, I doubt that Jesus Christ treated women in the misogynistic, sexist and repulsive manner that is the Trumpian behavior code. And it is highly unlikely that Jesus would have mocked a disabled reporter, thrown paper towels at people recovering from a horrific hurricane or ridiculed a teen girl calling for action on the unfolding climate change predicament. In fact, when Jesus encountered a wayward woman, a leper, a tax collector or a disciple who betrayed him, he showed love and empathy, a sense of justice and absolute moral standards.
It is, therefore, reprehensible, hypocritical and a defining stain for evangelical congregations and their leaders — under the guise of God and Jesus — to support someone who commits sinful actions and deeds on an hourly basis. Shame on Christendom and shame on its false prophets who, like the ancient Pharisees, attempt to undermine Jesus and his teachings. A verse in the Book of Matthew is a warning to evangelical Christians and speaks directly to their current conundrum: “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.”
Date Posted: Friday, December 27th, 2019 , Total Page Views: 657
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