My jaw dropped at a red light last week when I heard on the radio that a prominent Evangelical in my state had endorsed Trump. My jaw is still dropped days later and my heart is still broken. On the one hand, our identity and HOPE is in Jesus. On the other, I believe with all my heart that when good people stand by and watch evil unfold and do nothing they will be held responsible. For that reason, I’m saying something.
When a man so base claims my Lord, I will not quietly stand by.
When darkness veils His lovely face,
I rest on His unchanging grace;
In every high and stormy gale
My anchor holds within the veil.
On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand;
All other ground is sinking sand.
My dear brothers and sisters in Christ, Trump is a bad guy. And Trump is claiming God. Yet Trump is farther from Christianity than I can even believe.
He is, however, an opportunistic genius. He has waited for the perfect moment in history, when both parties are so fed up that they are chasing extremes like we’ve never seen before. On the left, we’ve got a professing socialist and on the right, a bigot and a fear monger (among other things).
“Making America Great Again” will be not achieved with one man. And if it were to be achieved with one man, that one man could never ever be Donald Trump. Fear, sexism, racism, fascism have been on many resumes of many successful leaders. Yes. But those leaders have usually murdered and shamed and diminished their country men and women before moving on to other countries to do the same.
Christians, Trump is not our man.
There is not a man who is, really. There are some better than others. But I ask that you take time to peruse the Gospels before you vote for Trump to see just how far he is from being our man.
You know. In this country we cannot always get our way, but our faith is not built on politics, it’s built on Jesus Christ. Jesus never said we’d get our way in politics. Look who was in charge while he was preaching on mountains and in boats. Regardless of what happens in this world, Jesus remains. Being fed up with politics is not a reason to vote for Trump. It’s a reason to get on your knees. It’s a reason to be a better neighbor.
Christians, I ask that you loudly denounce this man who claims to love our Lord.
For nothing about him points us to Jesus.
In so many ways, I wish that politicians would stop bringing Jesus into their races. And I wish Pastors would stop endorsing politicians-especially such unabashedly immoral ones.