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Thursday, March 17, 2016

Christians and Donald Trump - Jesus and the Pharisees

All Americans must express outrage about a potential Donald Trump candidacy for President of the United States! Christians, especially, should rise up in protest to a possible leader who preaches hate, bigotry and expresses misogyny.

In fact, Christians who support Donald Trump are ignoring the teachings of Jesus when he spoke about the Pharisees in MATTHEW 23:  
Jesus Condemns the Pharisees and the Teachers of the Law of Moses
23 Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples:
2 The Pharisees and the teachers of the Law are experts in the Law of Moses. 3 So obey everything they teach you, but don’t do as they do. After all, they say one thing and do something else.

Likewise, Christians who claim to be followers of the teachings of Jesus Christ but who somehow fall victim to Donald Trump's hate messaging with violence and mysogyny attached, are the very same class of people as the Pharisees described in Mathew 23.

by DAVID FRENCH March 14, 2016 5:25 PM @DAVIDAFRENCH 

Believe it or not, Donald Trump — the walking Planned Parenthood commercial who incites violence, celebrates adultery, and lies habitually — still has prominent Christian defenders, men and women who twist reason and logic to the breaking point in the quest to defend the indefensible. 

Case in point: Jerry Falwell Jr. Last week, the Liberty Champion — a student-run newspaper at Liberty University, where Fallwell is president — interviewed the Evangelical leader and asked him about his support for Trump. In the middle of his extended remarks, Falwell turned his attention to Christian criticism of his endorsement: It is sad to see Christians attacking other Christians because they don’t support the same candidate or the candidate who they believe is the most righteous. . . . God called King David a man after God’s own heart even though he was an adulterer and a murderer. . . . You have to choose the leader that would make the best king or president and not necessarily someone who would be a good pastor. 
King David was repentent and he still received justice from God

To mention King David in the same breath as Donald Trump is to insult our theological intelligence. Yes, David did terrible things — among them, committing adultery and sending his mistress’s husband to die in war — but God imposed terrible punishment — a punishment that cost David his son and ultimately plunged his nation into civil war. The punishment endured even as David repented, wholeheartedly. He began Psalm 51, with these immortal words: Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin! And while God forgave David — as he forgives us today — He did not spare David from the cost of disobedience. Ultimately, David’s story is a story of both the awful consequences of sin and God’s mercy in response to true repetence.  

And Donald Trump? Trump will bring us sin without repentance and consequence without the mercy. Trump isn’t remorseful about his affairs (among his many other sins), he brags about them. In his book, The Art of the Comeback, Trump said, “If I told the real stories of my experiences with women, often seemingly very happily married and important women, this book would be a guaranteed best-seller,” In Think Big and Kick Ass (It’s not exactly the Psalms, but let’s not split hairs), he said “Beautiful, famous, successful, married — I’ve had them all, secretly, the world’s biggest names.”

When Frank Luntz asked Trump if he had ever asked God for forgiveness, he responded: "I am not sure I have. I just go on and try to do a better job from there. I don’t think so . . . I think if I do something wrong, I think, I just try and make it right. I don’t bring God into that picture. I don’t."

Lest anyone think Falwell is alone, the list of Christian celebrities who’ve either endorsed Trump or showered him with praise is long and growing longer. The most infamous recent endorser is Ben Carson, who ran his campaign around the theme, “Heal, Inspire, and Revive.” But Carson referred to the “will of the people” when endorsing Trump, and declared there were “two different Donald Trumps” — the “one you see on the stage” and “the one who is very cerebral.” RELATED: Being Presidential Is Not in Trump’s DNA Mike Huckabee has been a consistent and prominent Trump apologist, saying Sunday, that Trump was leading a “peaceful overthrow” of the government and that “he has been the Teddy Roosevelt who’s charging up San Juan Hill and there is no retreat.” Huckabee (along with Rick Santorum) famously appeared with Trump at a debate-night rally in Iowa that he staged while skipping the GOP debate, and he’s defended Trump from charges that he’s racist and pro-abortion. Dallas megachurch pastor Robert Jeffress — who attacked Mitt Romney as a member of a “cult” — appeared and prayed at Trump events in Iowa, saying he would not have done so “if [he] did not believe that Mr. Trump could be a very effective President of the United States.”

Regardless, of the repentence issue....Donald Trump is bringing out the worst of the modern day Pharisees in our nation's Christians. Our nation created laws so as not to support any particular religion! In fact, the Constitution was written to eliminate the influence of any theological influence. Nevertheless, Christians should know better.....they should not behave like the Pharisees in Matthew 23.

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