Dear Christian friends who support Donald Trump,

 

I don’t care if your politics tell you to vote for Donald Trump.  Quite frankly, I don’t care who your politics tell you to vote for.  But if you support Trump because of your Christianity, I care.

You’re not alone.  Nationwide, Donald Trump wins the evangelical vote by double-digits.  Christians like these ought to support candidates who are passionate and enthusiastic about their faith and abide by its teachings.  I believe Donald Trump fails on all accounts.

Luke 6:45 teaches us that the mouth speaks out of the abundance of the heart.  In my opinion, Donald Trump’s statements–as well as his actions–show an abundance of evil, sinfulness, arrogance, and a mindset which is not Christ-like.  If Christianity supersedes your politics, as it probably should, such characteristics should immediately disqualify Donald Trump from the presidency.


Trump is exceptionally skilled in the art of attacking his enemies.  Whether it be Megyn Kelly’s body, Jeb Bush’s energy levels, Marco Rubio’s excessively-active sweat glands, or the RNC’s existence, Mr. Trump is quick to the punch on sophomoric insults for all of them.  Trump does not exemplify a tender heart in his treatment of others, and as Max Lucado explained, he doesn’t even pass the “decency test.”  Ephesians 4:32 calls us to be kind and compassionate like Christ was, not unforgivingly scurrilous.


When Trump was asked his favorite Bible verse (a question most elementary school students can answer), he refused to answer, saying he doesn’t talk about the Bible because “that’s very personal.”  Does Christianity call for us to be reserved in our pursuit of Christ, or outspoken?  Is he an Old Testament or New Testament kind of guy?  He’s not really sure.  Don’t worry, he does know he likes “Two Corinthians.”  Either Trump is very reserved in his beliefs, or he is lying to the evangelicals that support him.  James 1:26 claims such deception makes one’s religion worthless.


Our mistakes do not define us.  Even Trump’s extravagant concoction of blunders does not disqualify him from heaven.  The beauty of Christianity, after all, is that our sins are forgiven despite their severity and their frequency.  Unfortunately, Donald Trump doesn’t care.

Trump does not recognize his imperfections and acknowledge his sinful lifestyle.  Instead, he asks, “Why do I have to repent or ask for forgiveness if I am not making mistakes?”  And even if he does make mistakes that warrant repentance, Trump says he does not “bring God into that picture.”

The most telling aspect of a man’s life can be their willingness to humbly recognize their failures and inevitable shortcomings when compared to their Lord.  In contrast, Trump proudly boasts about his purported perfection, thereby refusing to ask for forgiveness.


I said earlier that I don’t care about your politics.  That statement is actually pretty false.  The conservative case against Trump is as incriminating as the one regarding Trump’s phony evangelism.  But I stand by my original point: it is difficult to claim one is a Christian and openly support someone who disregards the values Christianity espouses, all the while viewing repentance as a disposable choice.

Donald Trump may very well be the eventual Republican nominee.  If this is the case, and if a forced-choice scenario arises in which evangelicals must support a candidate, the narrative may change.  But this early in the election, while we still have other options, we should not give the evangelical stamp of approval to a man that does not, by any means, deserve it.


Sincerely,

Connor Rothschild

 


Connor Rothschild

Hi! My name is Connor Rothschild. I’m an 18-year-old currently studying Economics and Social Policy Analysis at Rice University in Houston, Texas. I’m passionate about impacting people through policy change, usually via the human-centered design process. You can catch me drinking 6 cups of coffee in a given day, reading The Economist between those cups, and playing with my dog Lucy.

Thanks for visiting!

Connor Rothschild

15 Comments

Judith Jolly · March 1, 2016 at 3:04 am

You’re a man of conviction and courage, Connor. I admire your forthright analysis and agree with your conclusions. My one solace is knowing that God is in control – and always will be. Blessings, beloved grandson. Love and prayers for your today and your tomorrows, Grandma

David lloyd · March 2, 2016 at 2:44 am

I am very impressed with your conviction and maturity at such a young age. Kinda reminds me of your father, take that as a compliment.

Your Friend
David Lloyd.

Juanita · March 2, 2016 at 5:08 am

The Bible says there is no one in power that God didn’t give us. Maybe we should all look at our own lives and whether we are really trying to help our country. The schools are a mess. Can’t say God in School but can say Allah. Dumbing down our kids with Common Core. No Lord’s prayer before class starts. When was the last time any of you fought to change this? Or go to school meetings or town meetings to change things? I do not believe Cruz is good for us. Not born here. Had to give up his Cuban citizenship to run for president, one time Senator. Says horrible things about Trump as does Rubio. And we just went through this. I don’t think I want the change that Cruz promises. But, anything is better than Hillary. Will vote for whoever wins. Praying too. That is the most important thing. “IF my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray, I will hear from heaven and heal their land”.

    David Snellen · March 3, 2016 at 3:13 pm

    Cruz gave up his Canadian citizenship, not Cuban.

Jeff · March 2, 2016 at 10:30 am

Well said, young man! As Paul wrote to Timothy, “Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.” You have exercised discernment, something sadly lacking in the Christian life today.

grace and peace to you,
-jeff

Diana Schlinke · March 2, 2016 at 6:10 pm

Trump is clearly either nominal or non Christian. Cruz and Rubio claim Christianity but have compromised their commitment on more than one occasion. They cannot be trusted on their performances. Cross those two off the list. The only candidate who is intelligent and completely full of integrity is Dr. Carson. He has not garnered enough support to make a viable run for the party nomination nor the presidential election. The hypocrisy of the Christian voters is what I am surprised with. So, as stated by others we are not electing a committed Christ follower to run this country we need a leader. God will put in office (regardless of our political structure) whom He chooses. He has always used kings and leaders to bring about His will and plans. Do not be surprised if God puts a man in the office of the presidency that is a leader and equipped to deal with our financial crises and our crumbling world reputation who is not a “Christian”.

Donna Dewhirst · March 2, 2016 at 9:56 pm

I agree with Diana and am shocked by the “evangelicals” and their choice in Trump. Please use your God given discernment when voting for candidates. They may not share your religion but please select someone who stands with the Constitution and our liberties as Americans and has the decency to treat others with respect.

Lisa · March 3, 2016 at 2:50 pm

Completely agree with Diana. Perhaps God is leading Trump to this path and Trump doesn’t even know it yet. Take a look at Bible times and how God used some of the most wicked to transform many. It will be interesting to watch.

    Diana Schlinke · March 3, 2016 at 3:06 pm

    You might consider the pagan Cyrus specifically chosen and placed in power by God to free His people. We have to trust Him to turn what looks like injurious to a blessing. ❤️

Brian James · March 4, 2016 at 2:38 am

Couple statements for ya!
“Judge not lest thee be judged!”
“Let he who is sin free cast the first stone”

Who are you to Judge Trump that is only for God to do!

Gramps · March 4, 2016 at 6:21 am

Notice how often he carries a Bible. Only when his audience is Evangelical.
That and there are pictures of the now Mrs Trump nude. How wonderful would that be to have pics of our First Lady spread eagle.

Mr Trump my grandchildren know John 3:16, should be the first thing a child learns and memories. He calls himself super smart yet can’t recall anything, anything at all from the Bible.

For God so loved the world that he gave us Trump? This is a despicable kind of lie.

This is a time when we must “judge”. Otherwise how do you vote, throw a dart. To vote is to judge.

    Patty Lyons · March 5, 2016 at 1:49 am

    I agree. God Bless you for that post.

Lin · March 4, 2016 at 7:55 pm

I sure would like to elect a godly Christian man. we as God’s people have made no exerted effort to turn from our complacint ways therefore we keep getting bad leaders. I surly don’t like the way Trump talks to people but I do believe he has come up with many things that need changing in our country. I believe he see’s the writting on the wall Our country is ready to collapse. He has the experience and fortitude to correct a lot of the failures going on. Can we pray that God will use him to stop the soon collapse of our country and stop the infiltration of the enemy of our people as well as the massive amount of freeloaded people who keep sponging off our tax load.

Patricia Fluker · March 4, 2016 at 9:14 pm

Thank you for putting into words which I am unable to do.

Ruth Ann Barr · March 5, 2016 at 1:29 pm

How wise and insightful. I hope that Christians will realize that in their anger about how things are going in America, they should not strike out with a blunt instrument like Donald Trump. We need to be led by the Lord to choose a president who with humility seeks God’s will in his personal life so he will recognize God’s voice when he needs His guidance.

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