by Patricia L. Dickson 2/27/16
Some Evangelical Pastors and Christian leaders have recently decided to publicly chastise Christians for supporting presidential candidate Donald Trump. These Christian leaders cite Bible verses to support their rationale in an attempt to shame members of the Christian community to not support Trump. According to these good shepherds, Trump is an immoral and indecent man. To support his characterization, Bryan Fischer, a compassionate man of God, and host of “Focal Point”, cited all of Trump’s past and present moral failures:
This is a candidate who has openly and unapologetically boasted of his many sexual conquests and who famously cheated on wife number one by ensconcing the woman who became wife number two in a penthouse apartment at one of his casinos in Atlantic City.
He told Howard Stern in 1997 that sleeping around was “my personal Vietnam,” where he routinely and repeatedly dodged the bullets of sexually transmitted diseases. But, he proudly proclaimed, “I feel like a great and very brave soldier” who courageously faced that risk without flinching.
He was the first casino owner in American history to put a strip club in a casino. And he did this not in the distant past but in 2013.
Over the last several decades, he has over-leveraged four different business enterprises into bankruptcy and yet wants us to believe he’s just the man to do something about our $19 trillion federal debt.
All the things that Mr. Fischer cited about Mr. Trump are factual, however; I am wondering if he warned his readers about President Obama during the 2008 and 2012 campaign. To be fair, I did google other writings by Mr. Fischer where he has been critical of President Obama since he’s been in office. However; I could not find any articles where Christian leaders publicly warned Christians not to support Obama during both of his campaigns. Mr. Fischer says that informed, educated, and discerning evangelicals are the only demographic group with enough numbers to knock the Trump Train off the tracks. If that is the case, why didn’t the evangelicals knock the Obama train off its tracks and keep him out of the White House? Could it be that these same discerning evangelicals voted for Obama twice? Where was this large group of evangelicals when homosexual and lesbian marriage was shoved down our throats? Where was the concerted outcry from the evangelicals when the undercover videos of Planned Parenthood negotiating the sale of baby parts surfaced? Could these leaders not find any Bible verses to cite?
After nearly eight years of the Obama Presidency, the majority of the Christian leaders have been silent. Now, all of a sudden the sheepish Christian leader Max Lucado wants to flex his evangelical muscles. Max Lucado claims he usually stays out of politics but decided to break his silence because of Trump (he remains silent on Obama). He says that people don’t attend church to hear his views on a presidential candidate, however in the case of Trump he states the following:
In this case, it’s not so much a question about particular policies or strategies about government or even particular opinions. It’s a case of public derision of people. It’s belittling people publicly. It would be none of my business, I would have absolutely no right to speak up except that he repeatedly brandishes the Bible and calls himself a Christian.
It’s a high stakes thing from my perspective because people make decisions about Christ on the basis of Christians and how we behave. If he’s going to call himself a Christian one day and call someone a bimbo the next or make fun of somebody’s menstrual cycle, it’s just beyond reason to me.
Where is Mr. Lucado when President Obama calls republicans names (at least the majority of Trumps insults are via twitter)? Obama supports abortion and homosexual marriage and yet he claims to be a Christian. Mr. Lucado does not seem to have a problem with that. Senator Ted Cruz holds up a bible also. He gave God the glory for winning in Iowa after his campaign circulated an (untrue) message that Ben Carson had dropped out of the race and told his supporters to caucus with Cruz (not to mention all the other questionable campaign tactics). In addition, Mr. Lucado supports open borders under the guise of Evangelical Immigration.
As for Mr. Trump’s sins, are these men of God not supposed to pray for him? Where is their compassion for the lost? Does the Bible not tell us to pray for others? In fact, I pray every day (sometimes more than once) for our country and especially Mr. Trump. Donald Trump is the only candidate that has received death threats. His campaign reported that he wears a bullet proof vest every day. He is the only candidate that the leaders of China and Mexico, as well as the Pope, have commented on. That alone tells me (even if he is not the most moral man) that he is doing something right and he needs our prayers. The Black Pastors that met with Trump at his Trump Towers in New York said that he was very humble and receptive of their concerns about some of his antics. They also said the Trump was not at all like he appears in public.
Our Country is literally going to hell. While some political pundits and writers are worried that it might be too late for the Republican establishment to stop Trump, I am more concerned that it might be too late for the Church to save our country. If our country is to be saved, it will be Christians that will save it. If the church had been doing its job, the country would not be in this condition. Now all of a sudden evangelicals want to complain about Donald Trump. Trump is not the cause of the current state of America or the world. I lay all the fault at the feet of the Church. It is the cowardly Pastors that refused to preach about the sins of homosexuality, abortion, adultery and fornication (all lead to the breakdown of the family) out of fear of offending someone and losing money that are to blame for this country’s condition. Until Christians repent and turn from our wicked ways, there is no hope for the world.
and My people, who are called by My Name, humble themselves, and pray and seek (crave, require as a necessity) My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear [them] from heaven, and forgive their sin and heal their land.
The Bible says that judgement must start in the house of God:
1 Peter 4:17
For it is the time [destined] for judgment to begin with the household of God; and if it begins with us, what will the outcome be for those who do not respect or believe or obey the gospel of God?
It is time for the Church to start doing its job.
Patricia Dickson blogs at Patricia’s Corner.
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