Has this election revealed a gaping hole in the heart of the church?
Many Christians are 100% in support of Donald Trump and his bid for President. While other believers see him as the antithesis to what God calls us to as Christians. I am in that camp. In reflecting on this, and even civilly arguing this issue, I am concerned this has exposed the true condition of many of those who warm the pews of our churches each week. Have we become so numb to sin that we no longer recognize it? And if so, does that mean we are lukewarm, or does that mean we are not worshipers of Jesus?
A follower of Jesus desires to know Him, and follow His plan rather than their own. So if you desire to know God and be known by Him, yet you find yourself cheering for Donald Trump, here are several Biblical principles which will hopefully shed further light on what God’s view is of Godless, immoral, prideful, hot tempered, fast to speak, foolish, serving-money-rather-than-God people.
“Do you see someone who speaks in haste?
There is more hope for a fool than for them.”
Those singing Mr. Trumps praises are often proud that he always speaks up when he thinks something is wrong. Sometimes this is good. Sometimes this is bad. It is bad, in Trumps case, because he is acerbic. His fear mongering and vitriolic slurs seems to be drawing supporters, but should this attract us as Christians?
“Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand.
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
No. We are called to be gentle and are told to not worry about anything! This does not mean we should not use wisdom and work hard to achieve what we believe to be right, but it does mean that when a politician is playing on our fears day in and day out, that is not a person we should follow, and we certainly should not listen to them for guidance!
We should be looking for righteous leadership first and foremost! Look at all the Godly contestants on the Republican ticket: Huckabee, Rubio, Cruz, Carson, Fiorina… and instead we choose to back Trump?? In the US we are blessed to have a say in who we choose to lead us. Are we more concerned about choosing Godly, moral, pure, righteous leadership, or are we pursuing other things before the things of the Lord?
“Blessed is the man
who walks not in the counsel of the wicked,
nor stands in the way of sinners,
nor sits in the seat of scoffers;
but his delight is in the law of the Lord,
and on his law he meditates day and night.
He is like a tree
planted by streams of water
that yields its fruit in its season,
and its leaf does not wither.
In all that he does, he prospers.
The wicked are not so,
but are like chaff that the wind drives away.
Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,
nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous;
for the Lord knows the way of the righteous,
but the way of the wicked will perish.”
Which raises the question; are we in the church delighting in the law of the Lord (the Bible)? If more of us are, why don’t we know what God thinks about things of this importance? Why are we being so easily led astray, if we are obeying the many Biblical commands to study the Scriptures well?
And if we are steeped in the Word of God, then certainly we know what God has to say about purity. Sexual sin is a cancer eating away at our society, and I fear at the church as well.
1 Thessalonians 4:3-8
“For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from sexual immorality; that each one of you know how to control his own body in holiness and honor, not in the passion of lust like the Gentiles who do not know God; that no one transgress and wrong his brother in this matter, because the Lord is an avenger in all these things, as we told you beforehand and solemnly warned you. For God has not called us for impurity, but in holiness. Therefore whoever disregards this, disregards not man but God, who gives his Holy Spirit to you.”
“But sexual immorality and all impurity or covetousness must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints. Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving. For you may be sure of this, that everyone who is sexually immoral or impure, or who is covetous (that is, an idolater), has no inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. Therefore do not become partners with them; for at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true), and try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord.”
But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.”
So if we are Christians, living sexually pure lives like we are called by our Savior to do, then we should not be drawn to an immoral man as our leader. Mr. Trump has been divorced multiple times, often bragging about his freedom (to sin) with women. Do not confuse what matters most to God. Look again at the above passages from Galatians and Ephesians. The list of the works of the flesh look an awful lot like this man some of us have been fighting to promote.
In all honesty if I were to tackle every Biblical contradiction to nominating Trump, I would be writing a lengthy book, rather than a blog post. Rather than address these here, let me just make a brief list of other issues to Biblically research on your own.
Caring For the Poor
Welcoming Foreigners and Sojourners
Pride vs. Humility
The Value of Women
Be Slow To Speak
Serving Money Rather Than God
I recommend reading the Bible through. As soon as possible. If you don’t know what it says in its entirety, how can you have the mind of God? Thankfully we live in an era that we own our own Bible, and can know what God’s view of life is. He created us, He is the only God who ever will be and who ever was, and He alone gets to say what right and wrong are. Listen to Him, and be willing to adjust and repent where necessary. The health of the church, as well as our nation, depends on it!
“Wisdom rests in the heart of a man of understanding…
Righteousness exalts a nation,
but sin is a reproach to any people.”