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.