A Word about Donald Trump (You’re Not Gonna Like It!)

It’s time that a few things were said about Donald Trump and the next President of the United States.

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First, let me clarify a few things:

I am writing to Evangelicals—that’s the group I belong to and understand the most.

Second, I am aware of all of the things that are distasteful to Christians about Donald Trump. I get it: he’s rude, arrogant, his language is bad, and he’s not Christian by our definition. Some would say he is racist, but these days everyone gets labeled racist, and I am not willing to allow a wall and protection against Muslim terrorists to be equated with racism. But, hey, I get it.

With these qualifications in mind, let’s get on with what needs to be said.

My Biggest Concern

My biggest concern is that Donald Trump is going to split the party. I don’t think that means what it used to in a party that is already divided in at least three ways. Nevertheless, there is the real threat that he will form his own party, siphon off conservatives from the herd, and a la Ross Perot, the democrats get their man (or woman in this case). But, even if Trump does not go independent and intentionally split the party, at the rate we are going, because of the sensibilities of various groups who simply cannot imagine themselves pulling the lever for Trump, the party is likely to split itself on principle.

Now, as I said above: I get it. Trump is not a holy man. Here’s my thing though, as it stands right now, I am not prepared to label “holy” anyone  in the current race for the White House. That’s not as judgmental as it sounds. I don’t think American Evangelical Christians do a very good job of discerning the “holy” candidates from the unholy ones. Sure, we are good at recognizing adultery and abortion and same-sex support, and believe, I care about those things. But after that, we get upset at language, etc. Goodness, in our own churches we quibble over the most trivial things and divide ourselves over personality issues! Let me say this: If we think we are going to elect a candidate who is somehow going to legislate Christianity from the Oval Office, or that America’s spiritual problems could even be solved in this way, we have proven we have learned nothing. Between two equally qualified candidates for president, would I choose a Christian over an atheist? Yes, because I believe spirituality and morality matters. Is it possible, hypothetically speaking, that there could be an atheist qualified to be a good president or a Christian completely unqualified to be president, or vise versa? Absolutely!

But let’s get down to what we are after and what we can reasonably expect in 21st century American politics. Personally, I think that, in the past, when we Christians thought we had “found our man,” we were kidding ourselves (with the exception of Ronald Reagan, although even he was more in line with the morality of Christianity like a Lincoln more than he was any kind of overtly genuine evangelical, which I do not believe he was). Going forward, I think we are naive to think that anyone in the field of candidates is a “shoe in” to become our evangelical hero in the White House, and those who we may be convinced have a genuine faith will not likely be able to be effective.  Like it or not, America is not open to an overtly evangelical Christian in the White House. But now, on the brink of a split party because of our Christian principles, we may help America to elect a socialist or, more likely, the heir to the Clinton dynasty.

The Pendulum

Here’s another of my big concerns. We live in a country that was foolish enough to elect Barak Obama not to one but two terms in office! That reality comes with its own reprisals! But, from a conservative standpoint, Mr. Obama has all but destroyed America (some may not like that language but that is how Christian conservatives, particularly evangelicals, feel). He has taken the country in the wrong direction and drastically so. Is Donald Trump drastic in his own right? Yes! But it may take someone conservatively drastic just to offset the damage done over the last eight years! I personally think that anyone less drastic than Trump will likely not make a dent in Washington or have a hope of pointing America back in the right direction.

Final Note

For those afraid or embarrassed to support Donald Trump, be careful that you are not intimidated or influenced by a sophisticated media that knows how to throw its voice and sound like it cares about morality. For those who have disagreements with Trump on principle, let me ask you a question: would you rather have Trump or Clinton? Because I believe that’s what it will come down to. In that scenario, I would choose Trump, but I don’t trust America to do so. Welcome to the White House, Madame President!

11 thoughts on “A Word about Donald Trump (You’re Not Gonna Like It!)

  1. My first reaction to the blog article is to cite everything about Trump that demonstrates that he is not a Conservative. After all, the article is attempting to persuade me that voting for an ungodly conservative is preferable to voting for an ungodly socialist. I disagree, but I would like to offer a spiritual rather than politically pragmatic response.

    Here is my hypothetical question for America’s voting Christians: Let us say that you knew without a doubt that you would stand before God on Judgment Day and be held personally responsible for the actions of the person for whom you voted…but only if he or she wins the election. If you voted for Clinton and she was elected, you would be responsible to God for all her actions as President. If you voted for Trump, you would be held responsible for all his actions as President. Or, if you voted for someone who lost the election, say Rubio or Cruz, you would NOT be held responsible for their actions, since they did not become President. If that were the case, would you rather vote for Trump, have him win, and be held responsible for his actions, or vote for Rubio or Cruz against Clinton, lose, and not be held accountable for Clinton’s actions?

    1. Yours is an intriguing response, Dave. First, I would reply that I am not encouraging anyone to vote for anyone ungodly so much as I am questioning the claims that we necessarily have godly choices or that our godly choices, if elected, would neccessarily make good presidents. Second, if I proceeded according to your line of thinking I should always only write in the name of my pastor or Billy Graham. Would this please God? Could I really stand before God and say that I had realistically participated at all? Animportant point of my article is to say that, in all likelihood, we will not have the choice to vote for Cruz or Rubio since I don’t think they will become the nominee. Now, I have to ask, what is it about an ungodly socialist that you prefer over an ungodly conservative? Might it come down to personality preferences rather than principles? Finally, of the candidates that I suggest will be on the general election ballot (Trump and Clinton) you wouldn’t suggest that Clinto is more conservative than Trump (I hope!)? Thinking pragmatically, if I vote for someone who is more likely to preserve the freedom of Christians to carry out their ministries have I not purchased time and freedom to continue openly building the Kingdom?

      I am still intrigued by your advocay for what is essentially a no vote, voting for Cruz or Rubio. Isn’t that path tantamount to decding not to participate at all? Would God prefer that we make the best strategic vote that would count or a non vote that is essentially failing to take seriously the choices given. I think that approach would be the equivilent of saying Christians shouldn’t participate in politics unless they can have a bonified evangelical Christian as president. At this point we have to remember that America the Kingdom of God are not synonymous.

      I’m really glad you responded Dave!

      1. I am not sure at this point if I would vote for Trump. I’m really surprised at Christians that are so quick to embrace him. I would rather loose the election and follow my conscience than vote for the lesser evil. I don’t support Hilary but I won’t vote for a candidate who supports abortion . whats Trumod big issue anyway? He wants to build a wall but does he have compassion on the immigrants? Could it be that some of our policies overseas has brought them here? Maybe we should be reaching out to them with the Gospel instead.

        1. I understand David. It is becoming a real dilemma. In the end, though, I amnot expecting the presidency to be America’s spiritual answer, but if it comes downto Trump or a democrat, I think Trump will land nearer to old fashioned American freedoms. Granted, a better scenario would be one of the other conservative cndidates. However, as I stated in the article, I am not sure that a less extreme candidate can make an impact.

  2. I, too, have had this line of thinking. It really doesn’t matter who I like most, who I think will be the best President, who is the most moral or ‘Christian’ -but honestly, it’s about who will be able to beat a democratic candidate. I think Trump has the best chance to do that. And (this is James’ point with any of the other candidates) – everyone else is backed by Super PACs. I don’t trust any of the career politicians to be effective in making real changes because of that. But, what is saddest (on a personal note), is that, in NY, my vote won’t matter anyway. However, with Trump, it might.

    1. I agree with every bit of that Kate! At this point I think Trump could split the party on purpose or just create a divide that will cause comservatives to stay home on election day! I also think that it is possible that Trump could be refined by the office and perhaps make an extraordinary President. In any case, like you said, it’s whoever can beat the Democrats. I would vote for a sack of hammers over Hillary or Sanders! I miss you guys. Say hi to James!

  3. I have been on a long (two month) journey regarding Donald Trump. On that day, I read an excellent article titled “The Moral Biography of Andrew Jackson” (https://www.andrews.edu/services/jacl/article_archive/6_1_spring_2012/05-leadershiplived/jacl_6-1_traxler__covrig.pdf). In trying to wrap my mind around the phenomena that is Trump, I was trying to think of a Trump-like figure who had, indeed, become President, and I thought of Jackson. And the article pretty much backed up my original concerns of what a Trump presidency would look like. However, the article mentioned a book, “Making Judgments Without Being Judgmental, Nurturing a Clear Mind and a Generous Heart,” by Terry D. Cooper, and that is where the first steps of my journey began. The author wrote: “A stubborn refusal to change one’s mind often promotes a relentless argumentativeness that is difficult for others to endure. The challenge is to stand for our convictions while not resorting to argumentative reactivity, which will alienate us from people.” That kind of opened my thinking. Around the same time (I think it was the same day), I remember writing three questions in my journal, that I thought were from the Lord: 1) “Do you know who you are?” 2) “Do you know what God is doing?” and 3) “Do you know what your role is in what God is going to do?” And my Bible reading brought me to 1 Corinthians 12:12, 16-18, 21 (“The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts… And if the ear…should say, ‘Because I’m not an eye, I don’t belong…’ in spite of this it still (does belong). (And on the other hand) if the whole body were an eye, where would the hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? But now God has placed each one of the parts in one body JUST AS HE WANTED… So the eye cannot say to the hand, ‘I don’t need you!'” And in 1 Corinthians 12:23-26, I read, “And those parts of the body that WE think are less honorable (and I immediately thought of Donald Trump), we clothe these with greater honor… God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the less honorable, SO THAT THERE WOULD BE NO DIVISION IN THE BODY, but that the members would have the same concern for each other. So if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; if one member is honored, ALL MEMBERS REJOICE WITH IT.”
    That all being said, on April 19th I voted in the primary for Ted Cruz because I thought he would appoint true conservatives to the Supreme Court. (The Lord loves a cheerful giver, and I needed to do that, for my own conscience’s sake.) However, that being done, I have moved on. I listen to talk radio every day, and I have heard all the different points of view. And I have remembered Terry Cooper’s words (see above)… I also watch Bethel worship videos every day. But recently, I have started to watch videos by a group of young people called “United Pursuit.” And two things that came into my mind recently are “UNITY –> ANOINTING,” and “The Spirit of the Lord dwells, and manifests Himself, where there is ‘unity in the Spirit.’” On April 10th, Pastor Zarlengo shared a message, where he said, “What are you doing in this generation? God has a mission for us… (and) He is on the move!”
    It is time, I think, my brothers and sisters, to come together to pray and support Donald Trump. I think he is God’s imperfect provision for leadership in our time. The culture war has been so lost. I heard Charles Krauthammer on the radio yesterday, and he said with such conviction: “Do we really have an epidemic of transgenders being evil in bathrooms? (https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0ahUKEwiMhvTA8qTMAhXDGD4KHXP3AwEQqQIIHjAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.realclearpolitics.com%2Fvideo%2F2016%2F04%2F22%2Fkrauthammer_do_we_really_have_an_epidemic_of_transgenders_being_evil_in_bathrooms.html&usg=AFQjCNHntmE7JTnawiEbGm2xZAebh2C3CA&sig2=ceCkxRwJ7DmKY06oGfJlcw)” The other morning I read that “when a person is deceived, they believe with all their heart that they are right when, in reality, they are wrong.” Without the Holy Spirit, even people whose opinions we used to trust are being deceived, and it seems to be growing every day. We are not going to salvage America through “conservatism.” Our country has no idea what conservatism is, though our political leaders use the word daily. The Simple Gospel is the hope of America, and “UNITY –> ANOINTING,” and “The Spirit of the Lord dwells, and manifests Himself, where there is ‘unity in the Spirit.’”
    One last word: “The creation waits in eager expectation for the sons of God to be revealed.” God bless…

    1. I am not sure who you are, though obviously an attendee at SGT. Nevertheless, great comment! I am not sure if I said it in the article (I would have to re-read it), but i am not sure that anyone less radical than Trump will be able to offset and begin to undo what has been done in the last eight years. It will take someone who does not care what anyone thinks. It would not be the first time that God raised up and used an ungodly leader for His overall purposes. That said, we should pray that God will touch Trump and His family and bring them to repentance (without going so far as to decide on my own whether they are saved.). In any case, I am not sure at this point what we are in for. There is more chance that Trump will not be the President than there is that he will.

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