Response to “A Message for Christians About Donald Trump”

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I’ve seen a few Facebook friends and family sharing this article recently and felt a need to comment. This also serves as a follow up to my last post.

I was actually surprised this article wasn’t on The Babylon Bee since it reads almost like satire. It involves a lot of projecting onto Trump what the author thinks America needs without consideration of the score of saviors God has sent for his people throughout history. Consider, for example, Noah, Joseph, Moses, Joshua, Gideon, David, even Jesus himself. Although Trump shares few characteristics with any of these, the author seems to argue that only someone like Trump could “save” America at this stage. In reality, God could use any sort of person (perhaps even an actual Christian) to rescue us. Trump is likely a better choice than Hillary, but it cheapens the sovereignty of God to assume only Trump would do. The article also assumes that America’s restoration is God’s will. We all want brighter earthly futures for ourselves and our children, but what if this is, instead, God’s judgment upon our morally degenerate nation by giving us two horrible options to pick from? In fact, Romans 1 seems to directly apply to our cultural situation. It’s not like the US is mentioned in the scriptures as part of God’s eschatological endgame, either. Maybe we’re picking our poison as David picked his punishment in 2 Samuel 24.

It was troubling to read the author’s attempted application of Isaiah 40 to Trump. God is our energy himself, not Trump. God renews our strength himself, not Trump. With God himself we run and are not weary, not with Donald Trump. I realize the author was making the connection in a somewhat casual manner, but it was borderline blasphemy. My response would be the following passages:

Jeremiah 17:5-8

Thus says the Lord:

“Cursed is the man who trusts in man
    and makes flesh his strength,
    whose heart turns away from the Lord.
He is like a shrub in the desert,
    and shall not see any good come.
He shall dwell in the parched places of the wilderness,
    in an uninhabited salt land.

“Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord,
    whose trust is the Lord.
He is like a tree planted by water,
    that sends out its roots by the stream,
and does not fear when heat comes,
    for its leaves remain green,
and is not anxious in the year of drought,
    for it does not cease to bear fruit.”

Psalm 20:7

Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.

Psalm 146:3-4

Put not your trust in princes,
    in a son of man, in whom there is no salvation.
When his breath departs, he returns to the earth;
    on that very day his plans perish.

Could Donald Trump do a lot of good for this country? Sure. Would he be better than Hillary? Most likely. Should we be trying to persuade Christians to vote for him because he’s rude, vicious, and arrogant? Absolutely not. Those are not characteristics Jesus listed in the Sermon on the Mount. Blessed are the meek. Blessed are the merciful. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness. Not blessed are those who are just “a tad arrogant” or “a bit rude” (traits of Trump’s which the author noticeably downplays). Consider Proverbs 16:5 – “Everyone who is arrogant in heart is an abomination to the Lord; be assured, he will not go unpunished.” Is that someone Christians should be championing as some last chance savior?

As it stands now, I’ll vote for Trump. I would even encourage other Christians to vote for him. I’ll vote for him fully aware that he personally epitomizes a lot of things contrary to the cause of Christ, but hoping that his administration’s political agenda will allow Christians here to lead quiet and peaceable lives. I certainly won’t be voting for him under the assumption he’s been called by God to rescue America from the edge of the cliff. I’ll give thanks to God if things do improve under a President Trump, but I’m only voting for him because of how bad his opponent is.

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