In politics, seeking the spotlight is part of the game – but the spotlight can also become the floodlight by which all intents and purposes are revealed; it is then that public scrutiny feels more like darkness than light.
It is Mr. Trump’s own words that are bouncing back to raise eyebrows and doubts. Some of it is silly, but all of it serves to cast a full picture of the man.
Last year, we heard of youngsters around the nation being expelled from school for pretending to shoot a gun using their hands, or for drawing a picture of a gun.
We may get the students into good PC form, as silly as it is; but who is going to get the Donald into line? Is the idea of getting away with murder and still being a front-runner his best example for America’s children?
Donald is seen at Dordt College making the hand symbol for a gun and saying, “I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose any voters, okay?”
Donald’s behavior is anything but presidential; it clearly shows what he thinks of the average voter. In this context, he may as well call his own followers (and perhaps the entire nation) stupid.
Do Evangelicals have both a Savior and an Idol?
In 2 Kings 17: 33, ancient Israel is charged with fearing God, but serving idols. It is a non-sequitur that calls for pause to grasp or understand – until today.
Trump’s rallies are dotted with autograph-seeking, shouting and smiling Christians trying to get a glance at their idol, as if they expected him to win both the presidency and the latest televised broadcast of American Idol.
The Evangelicals may think they don’t need to follow the Lord of Righteousness, and now they can follow their lord of self-absorption, Mr. Trump; but they have become conspicuously misguided. Author Dr. Don Boys says: “For a Christian to vote for Trump is like a chicken voting for Colonel Sanders.”
Where Christians are not present in large numbers, this may be perfectly understandable; but there is no doubt that true Christians are held up to a much higher standard than the average politically-minded citizen.
For the everyday crowd, the emotional and the logical may be all that’s needed to form an opinion. In Christ and under the clear teaching of scripture, Christians have a third qualifier laid upon them.
The top two questions for all Christians should first be – does this candidate know God, and will his decisions be based on his personal faith?
The most cursory examination of Donald Trump’s own words would lead one to answer a solid ‘no’ to both questions.
But the Evangelicals do not pause for anything, and they stay in deliberate step–not with their Savior, but with their idol.
Who Asked Donald Trump to “Represent Christians”? Does the Bible say he may represent them?
In June of 2015, Donald Trump said in an interview with CBN’s David Brodie, “Believe me, if I run and win, I will be the greatest representative of the Christians that they’ve had in a long time.”
The Scriptures directly oppose Donald’s claim.
Unless you are Catholic, every person who claims to know Christ and is guided by the scriptures knows that Christ has no earthly representative. Christ represents Himself to the world through His Word and the Holy Spirit – nothing and no one else has ever been called to represent Him.
Christians are represented by themselves. In fact, the entire world judges us by our faith, our fruits and how that faith plays out in our lives.
Finally, to think that a man who cannot freely quote one Bible verse has been chosen by God to represent the Bible or Bible believers is far beyond a lack of solid theology – it is pure quackery.
Preachers, pastors, evangelists, prophets and messengers of every sort who trust God’s word should be warning Christians today. The warning is simple; but if ignored, it will have serious repercussions for our nation’s future.
That message is clear: Having and/or following idols is just as sinful today as it was in the ancient world.
This writer will refine the warning even further.
If we cast our votes for someone who has no testimony of salvation and who clearly has not been born again, we are voting against Christ. You will be joining in with all that in these last days is now referred to as the antichrist.
The nation cannot live with this – it can only die with it, presidential slogans to the contrary notwithstanding.
Even as these words were set to paper, our Supreme Court threw out another attempt to stop abortion in a state that banned the practice. All the blather about Donald Trump took up most of today’s news, while the report out of SCOTUS was a mere footnote.
It is this kind of thing that compels me to say once again and yet more emphatically:
You may get your Trump, America, but you have long since lost your greatness.