To Christians: Deeper Dive

 And Hazael said, Why do you weep my lord? And [Elisha] answered, Because I know the evil that you will do to the children of Israel: their strong holds wilt thou set on fire, and their young men wilt thou slay with the sword, and wilt dash their children, and rip up their women with child. (2 Kings 8:12)

If you are a Christian and do NOT support Trump, this is not at all for you. However, if you do, then I would like to ask you the following:

What led you to this bizarre undying support of Trump?

Do you somehow believe that Trump is a different person in a private setting, some humble man, because Christian leaders told you so? And do you believe those Christian leaders? Jesus said, “Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks” (Matthew 12:34).

Trump cannot possibly put on some “tough guy” public show for “all those liberal FAKE NEWS media” and suddenly, in private, he is a sacrificial lamb. That is impossible. Trump shows himself to be the epitome of pure selfishness. But if Trump is somehow “different” in private, (which is hearsay and is not a true witness), is it possible Trump is just a good chameleon who can change shades when he is among conservative Christians?

I ask this because far too many “private” conversations of Trump have been recorded where he shows a color of himself that is despicable. Yet you will believe your Christian leaders because they come from a popular television program or they have a megachurch or have written a book or two. Wouldn’t we, as Christians, do good to diligently look into matters instead of joining a known, verifiable, public pathological liar on his journey to power over the world?

“Those in Berea were more noble than those in Thessalonica, for they searched the Scriptures daily to see if the things spoken by Paul were true” (Acts 17:11).

You may not be able to search the Scriptures for things that Trump says out of his mouth, in fact you would be hard pressed to find anything from Trump’s mouth coming from the Bible, but do you extend yourself beyond Trump media to verify statements he makes? If you find discrepancies, do you somehow “excuse him”, saying to the effect, “That’s just Trump”.

If so, aren’t you making yourself vulnerable to being seduced by Trump and is it possible you have been potentially taken in by a deceiver and a liar, one the Apostle Paul, John, Jude, Peter, and every other writer in the New Testament warned emphatically against in the last days?

Is it because he is “President” and therefore your loyalty is to the authority of the office of President, whoever that may be, much like Romans 13? If that is the reason, I challenge you it is a very poor reason for the simple fact that our nation has three branches of equal and offsetting authorities in addition to mini-sovereign states with their own authorities separate from the Federal Government.

So, Trump is NOT a unilateral king! He does NOT represent the unadulterated authority of Romans 13. He is only ONE piece of the much larger puzzle. If that is your argument, it is weak.

We, as Christians in the United States, should be loyal to the Constitution of the United States and the Rule of Law in this Great Nation, a rule of law that Trump has sought endlessly from day ONE to whittle down, trample on, and destroy! That is where all our loyalties toward America should reside: the Constitution, the Rule of Law, and true Justice and Compassion for the weak where people fall through the inevitable cracks of society.

To be loyal to such means, when anyone, including the President, tries to thwart the rule of law and override the Constitution, or publicly mocks a group of people, we should be against them, not for them. Our support for any leader should NOT be with undying loyalty!

But regardless, I would like to ask you, Christians who support Trump: at what point did you NOT decide to get off his train and you decided rather to follow him over the edge of a giant moral cliff? In the following I give just a few Bible references, but in reality, entire volumes could be written with Old Testament, New Testament, commentaries, you name it, and they could ALL apply against the repulsive decision of Christians supporting a leader like Trump who is not king, but simply one branch of authority. Why have you not, as a whole, stood up as one voice against him in his obvious violations of human dignity and morality? I ask you why?

When did you cast your lot with Trump?

Is it because, to this day, he has not apologized to anyone for anything, or never acknowledged he was wrong while in office (at least that I am aware of)?

Is that the character your pastors teach you in your services every week? Pride, obstinance, stubbornness, and rigidness? Do your pastors teach you to be stiff-necked and hard of heart? Or can you not see your own leader’s hypocrisy: be humble, kind, gentle, and truthful.

By the way, to support a vote for a pathological liar like Trump… It is completely hypocritical for your pastor or leader to encourage you to do this.

Was it when Trump said he could shoot someone on fifth avenue and not lose a vote?

I would think that should cause anyone to stop supporting him. “Pride goes before destruction and a haughty spirit before a fall” (Proverbs 16:5).

Do you really think it is an acceptable excuse to simply say that Trump was using hyperbole when “out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks” (Matthew 12:34).

Or was it when Trump wouldn’t condemn white supremacists nor their repugnant actions?

“There neither Jew, nor Greek…  but all are in Christ” (Galatians 3:28).

Why won’t you stand with those in solitude who are of different races when Trump verbally appears to persecute them or fails to adequately condemn those who promote verbal and sometimes physical violence of racial hate? Why would you pour salt on your brother’s and sister’s wounds by choosing continued support for Trump, who through any objective viewpoint, appears to be a blatant racist?

To this day, Trump has not truly condemned white supremacists.

Well, let’s look at that one more time. Trump needs no teleprompter when he speaks from his heart. He doesn’t need some help in “drumming” up words. And we absolutely know Trump is all about appearance. He is adamant He looks GOOD always. So, when it comes to condemning white supremacists, why in the world would Trump need a teleprompter? Isn’t that a message from his heart? I venture it is: It is a message from his heart to every white supremacist, “I’m with you. This is NOT sincere. I’m doing this because it is the politically correct thing and I’m being forced to do, but my heart is far from my lips right now”. Isn’t that the message Trump is really sending to the world?

Was it when he shirked and lied about his tax returns that he never released even though he said he would?

As Dr. Phil often says, “People who have nothing to hide … hide nothing”. Seriously, Trump is hiding things. This has nothing to do with privacy. You have to know it. The whole world knows it. It is so unchristian for anyone to support such lack of transparency shrouded in secrecy.

“Instead, we have renounced secret and shameful ways. We do not practice deceit, nor do we distort the word of God.” (2 Corinthians 4:2)

 

Or is it when he gloats and says how great he is, pretty much every day he is in office?

“God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble” (James 4:6).Was it the countless times he disrespects people of other nationalities and races?

Jesus said, “stop judging by appearances, but judge righteously” (John 7:24).

How about when Trump separated families at the border? Was that when you went with him over the moral cliff because of your undying loyalty? Some may say, “the law was in place, they were just following the law”.

Yeah, right. Dear Christian who has undying loyalty to Trump, if God followed the law and didn’t show mercy on us, where would our eternal soul be right now? It was always a choice and both President Bush and President Obama chose not to attempt to enforce a poorly written law. Trump cruelly and inhumanely chose to enforce it on purpose to treat people with cruelty as a deterrence. That is SICK! What if it was you and your family escaping for your life? What if YOU were the one separated from your children? Would you feel any different? Or is it because the people separated from their families have a different color skin than you do or come from a poor nation, it is somehow okay? Is that how you feel? Because it kind of looks like it and it makes Christians look like heartless, racist bigots when you support a President like Trump undyingly.

Perhaps you say, “they are breaking the law and crossing a border illegally”. That is a lame argument for a Christian to make, for “The earth is the Lord’s and fullness thereof” (Psalm 24:1). Once they are in this land and across the border, if they break the laws inside those boundaries, that is a lawbreaker. But crossing over an artificial line that God did not create, that is NOT breaking a law in the same way as a societal law. There is a difference. I urge you to consider the Bible’s perspective and the misguided thinking on how you see the world and boundaries because separating parents from children is a cruel act, and if you have undying loyalty to Trump who instituted that cruelty, you share in his cruelty and in-humaneness. Is that something you want to stand before your King one day and give an account for?

Or was it when he literally called Haiti, El Salvador, and many beautiful nations in Africa, shithole countries with a desire to rid our nation of people from those nations?

Do some of your churches perhaps support missionaries to those nations and you side with Trump against them by your undying loyalty and votes for him? Where is your loyalty to your brothers and sisters in Christ who live in those beautiful but struggling nations your churches support? Where is your loyalty to some of them who, like some of you who would die for your country, would do the same for theirs?

What about those Christians who flee one of those nations and want to escape to the United States because of religious persecution? Your support for Trump says you would blockade the door and keep them out because they are from a “shithole nation”.

Let each of us consider others better than themselves” (Philippians 2:3). How is that representing the humility of Christ? What if your support for Trump causes their death? Is that blood you want on your hands when you stand before your King? So, you are against abortion, but support Trump’s cruelty against children who were already birthed. Isn’t that hypocrisy? As Jesus said, “… you should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the former.” (Matthew 23: 23)

Let each of us consider others better than themselves” (Philippians 2:3). How is that representing the humility of Christ? What if your support for Trump causes their death? Is that blood you want on your hands when you stand before your King? So, you are against abortion, but support Trump’s cruelty against children who were already birthed. Isn’t that hypocrisy?

Was it when he disrespected countless women, showing his absolute scorn for the natural beauty they represent in this world and treating them, in certain circumstances, lesser for no other apparent reason than they are women?

“There is neither … male nor female … but all are in Christ” (Galatians 3:28).

Or was it during one of his myriad of unpresidential, angry, self-serving Tweet tirades against the Mueller investigation, an investigation that produced more indictments in a shorter time than any other internal investigation at that level ever?

“A hot-tempered person stirs up strife, but a mild spirit calms a situation” (Proverbs 15:18).

“A false balance is an abomination to the Lord, but those who deal truly are his delight” (Proverbs 11:1).

To verbally and publicly badger a government investigation against yourself is the same as a false balance. It is a biased scale that cannot be pure, transparent, or trusted. It is, at the root, full of deception to even go down that path of self-justification at all. This is immoral and unethical in the very least. It could be treacherous if there are real cover-ups as well. And it is the very reason for a special counsel investigating such at an arms-length away from the President with Congressional oversight.

This was not some left-wing conspiracy as the liar in the White House continues to purport! In your heart, Christian who supports Trump, you know it! This is basic and fundamental checks and balances. Besides that, “Being reviled, we bless. Being persecuted, we suffer. Being defamed, we are kind” (1 Corinthians 4:12, 13).

At what point do we, as Christians, stop supporting someone who not only violates the responses we are to give, but is actually condemned by the rest of the world in those responses as immoral and unethical?

In other words, by your support for Trump, Christians, those who are NOT Christian are condemning Trump’s obvious unethical and immoral actions of attacking the Mueller investigation. Everyone else in the world except his loyalists (which some of you are a part of) are scratching their heads and saying, “obvious conflicts of interest all over the place”.

Who touts their own defense calling everyone who opposes them ‘FAKE NEWS’ and berates investigators constantly except someone who is guilty of something?

Most everyone else sees it, and awaits the long process of justice to be carried out, but apparently you Christians who have undying loyalty to Trump don’t see it, even though you have the Bible as your guide which clearly tells you how we are to respond when accused or investigated, and, in addition, lays the very foundation of moral and ethical behavior and responses in these circumstances.

This is a direct case of Trump dragging you, and your Christianity, directly into the slime and sludge of his immorality and tarnishing your Christianity as well. This should not be! 

How about his mocking of the disabled journalist during his campaign?

Whoever mocks the poor (disabled is a type of physical poverty) reproaches his maker, and he that is glad at calamities shall not be unpunished” (Proverbs 17:5).

Do you wish to stand in that kind of judgment someday when you stand before your King?

Or what about the sleazy Tweet about what appeared to mock the Trail of Tears genocide of Native Americans?

When does something like this become morally okay to support? Do you now support genocide? If so, where are your New Testament Bible verses? Granted, Old Testament passages spoke of those things in particular context, and can be difficult to understand, but that was never supposed to be the spirit of the Church or of Christ who you claim to serve.

Was it the more than 8000 documented lies Trump has told?

“The Lord detests lying lips, but those who are truthful are his delight” (Proverbs 12:22).

Or was it when he mocked a victim of sexual assault in front of millions of people in order to bulldoze a Supreme Court nominee?

Whom are you mocking? Against whom do you open your mouth wide and stick out your tongue? Are you not the children of transgression, the offspring of deceit?” (Isaiah 57:4). Is that how you want to be viewed by those you are trying to “win” to your Christian faith?

How about the violence Trump incites at his rallies?

Perhaps you say, “Trump didn’t hit anyone”. No, but he most certainly stirred up those who did. “A gentle word turns away anger, but harsh words stir up fighting” (Proverbs 15:1).

“Get the son of a bitch off the field”; “I’d like to punch him in the face”; “if you do (hurt him), I’ll defend you in court. Don’t worry about it”; “Part of the problem is that no one wants to hurt each other anymore”.

Did you ever hear any of those statements at one of his rallies, which Trump said? Where does the Bible tell us to talk in this profane manner or support those who do?

Yet some of you Christians continue to support him with undying loyalty, even though Trump seems to purposely create a mob spirit that is, at times, willing to embrace a spirit of violence to others which he encourages.

“If they say, come with us, let us lie in wait for blood.. don’t go with them, keep your feet from their path.” (Proverbs 1).

When did your path turn from the right way of being a peacemaker to having a spirit of a brawler which Trump indirectly seems to support through his rallies?

“Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice” (Ephesians 4:31).

How about the luring and murder of an American Citizen by the Saudi government?

I thought patriotism was supposed to be in Trump’s blood with his MAGA slogan. Isn’t it unpatriotic to basically say in regard to his death, “don’t care.”?

How patriotic was that cowardly act of NOT condemning the clear and acknowledged murder by the Saudis?

“Whosoever justifies the wicked and condemns the just, both are alike abominations to the Lord” (Proverbs 17:5).

Or is it the myriad of other things that Trump seems to do almost daily that are against the very spirit and character of Christ?

“Do not be deceived. God will not be mocked. Whatever a man sows, that shall he also reap” (Galatians 6:7).

By your undying loyalty to Trump, those of you Christians who support him: are you saying you would like to share in his judgment someday or you would like to be one of those who tries to plead Trump’s cause against the Eternal Judge of all the Earth? I honestly shudder to think about that. Personally, I have enough of a challenge trying to figure out how to plead my own cause, let alone casting my lot in with an apparent profane, arrogant, narcissistic wannabe dictator. But it is your choice if you want to make your bed with Trump. It is your choice and you alone will bear those consequences, both now and when you stand before your Creator one day. But I still ask the question, WHY? Why do you support him?

The Attitude of Jesus Christ

I am not your judge, Christians who are undyingly loyal to Trump, but we are told that among Christians only, we should be a kind of fruit inspector (Matthew 7:15-20). Nevertheless, it appears you are willing to side with Trump’s self-righteousness, arrogance, and pomp and use him to push your conservative agenda onto the rest of this pluralistic society even if it is bulldozed against the spirit of Christ, or it takes lies and deception to promote. This is NOT the spirit of Christ, but the very spirit against Christ.

What is also noteworthy is that the majority of our society outside of those supporting Trump, primarily see exactly who this wannabe dictator is and what he is doing to our nation. And also, isn’t it a shame on you that Christianity “supposedly” has the truth, and you are so blinded by Trump? And, yet, most Democrats and Liberals, some of who are Christians too, and some who are not, see EXACTLY what he is. Isn’t that to your shame?

Christian, you who continue to blindly support Trump, you have created an embarrassment to the name of Jesus Christ and made all of us look like we are completely void of basic human honor, dignity, and respect and, honestly, out of touch with any form of reality!

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven”. Give me one example where Trump displayed this beatitude.

“Blessed are those who mourn for they shall be comforted”. Where is your mourning for the disgrace Trump has brought upon this nation? Where is your empathy for those individuals and groups who are verbally abused relentless by Trumps public statements against them?

Trump is responsible for making certain individuals mourn. Where is your compassion and comfort for them?

“Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth”. Does all the gold and glitter Trump owns and the various displays he seems to narcissistically flaunt show this meekness? Is this the character you want your children to portray?

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they shall be filled”.  Does Trump appear to hunger and thirst for righteousness as he speaks open profaneness and tramples the feet of those who get in his way and he relentlessly attacks those who oppose him? Is this the righteousness you seek?

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God”.  Christians who are undyingly loyal to Trump, are you not literally in bed with a chief divider and destroyer? Are you not desecrating your Lord and Savior’s own words by not standing against him publicly and in the voting booths?

“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God”. At what point do 8000 documented lies Trump has told finally allow you break from Toxic Trump? You who support Trump with undying loyalty are in bed with a liar and deceiver!

In comparison with moderately liberal agendas, who really cares when Trump is desecrating truth and every beatitude of Christ? For you Christians who support Trump, you should consider and pray about the idea that your actions of supporting him stop nothing short of spiritual adultery with him, and it is dragging the name of Jesus Christ into a filthy cesspool of slimy lies and deceit and full of vileness and violence.

Everyone who touches Trump becomes toxic and you are no exception to that, nor is your Christianity which you are supposed to be portraying to the world. You are basically bringing the scorn of the world upon the Church by your support of him!

“Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness sake, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven”.  Christians who support Trump: how do you really think this “undying support” is going to end with you? Do you think Trump will somehow be different than any other tyrant or wannabe tyrant in history who used Christians for their own advantage before persecuting and brutally murdering them?

Are you offended because I call him a wannabe tyrant? Yet, the evidence is mounting little by little, and perhaps you don’t seem to see it.

The brutal murder of Khashoggi and Trump’s heartless, calloused response to one of our American citizens being brutally murdered is a clue.

Children at the border heartlessly separated from parents is another clue. His incitement of violence at rallies is another clue to where he is heading.

His support or lack of condemnation of white supremacists is another clue straight off of Hitler’s playbook.

And if Trump is heading that direction, do you somehow think it could be any different with you if Trump ever got his seeming wish and was crowned Emperor of America (President for life)?

If you don’t believe this writing about his wish to be a dictator, lookup what he said to President Xi of China, in response to him being “crowned” President for life. “I think it is great. Maybe we’ll want to give that a shot someday”.

Some may argue Trump “jested”, but seriously, think about it. Who, as THE leader of the example nation for democracies, says that off the cuff?

Again, “out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks”.

Why does Trump continue to get free passes for his BIG mouth “off the cuff” remarks from undyingly loyal Christians when it is obvious where this is going if he stays in power?

Do you really believe he is jesting when he has mounted such relentless attacks on the Rule of Law and our Constitution, and mounted completely self-serving attacks against media calling anything that opposes him FAKE NEWS? What is really perplexing is how many, many others seem to see this except you, the undying Trump loyalists, and those Republicans who just won’t let go of their party!

EVERYONE else sees it! And yet you remain loyal to the end. Why?

Flashback to the Crusades

Jesus said, “The princes of the gentiles exercise authority over them and they lord it over them, but it shall not be so with you. Whoever will be greatest among you will be your servant” Luke 22:25-26.

I believe those Christians who support Trump may have forgotten the Scripture straight from their Savior, Jesus Christ! Somehow, those particular Christians thought that taking over government power meant it was okay to bully their views on everyone else, similar to the Crusades of old.

In the Crusades, they ripped skins off children and burned towns alive “all in the name of God” so they could keep the booty, ransack and terrorize the towns, and deliver them over to the Church! What horrible atrocities have been done in the name of Jesus throughout history, which, by the way, Jesus and His clear directives to the Apostles had and has absolutely nothing to do with at all!

What a farce! And what a horrible, embarrassing farce the recent surge of “Christian Power” has been to America and around the world! Believe it or not dear Christian, who supports Trump and Christian theocracies, this nation was NOT founded on the Bible. It was only partially founded on certain Biblical truths.

America is a pluralistic nation, not a Christian nation. There is a flavor of Christianity in the DNA of our government, but that DNA is made up of many other foundations, tolerances, and religious concepts as well and we must accept that as truth simply because it is! We, as Christians, should take this truth to heart, unless we want to deceive ourselves and our families, and propagate some sort of false religious education that does NOT include the accurate and truthful pluralistic side of our nation’s DNA.

If so, we are deceived and we are propagating that deception to our children! It is that simple. Look up history in an unbiased way, and you will know I’m telling the truth, and this is a truth we should all receive because it changes our world view toward tolerance instead of judgment.

Why is it so important in our nation here and now for us to understand this? Because Jesus told us not to judge one another. And if we are setting up some ridiculous Christian theocracy, which God did NOT ordain, we are automatically putting ourselves in a position of judging others, something Jesus condemned.

According to the Bible, that type of judgment is simply not going to happen until the end of time, and even then, it isn’t going to happen by us. It will happen by the One Eternal Judge over all the Earth (Revelation 20). So, even then, we will NOT be judging anyone. It is and never has been God’s will to force Christian viewpoints on society any more than Christians would want the LGBTQ community, women’s right to choose, or evolutionists to force their viewpoint on Christians or their children.

As a Christian, we should let the Holy Spirit speak to our hearts about what a true witness of Jesus Christ represents in this Great Nation! I would imagine most of us would be shocked to find out what that might look like!

“Whoever is greatest will be your servant” (Luke 22:26).

We, as Christians, are to serve, not have dominion over. God gave man dominion over what in Genesis?  “The fish of the sea, the birds of the air, and all the other animals in the world” (Genesis 1:26-28). He never told us to dominate each other. He simply explained how the world worked: “the princes of the gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they lord it over them, but it shall not be so with you”

Therefore, we, as Christians, shouldn’t seek dominion … ever. Not only that, we should NEVER seek dominion through some human vehicle such as Trump who, if there was ever an autocratic, authoritarian dictatorial type leader in our nation, Trump fits the description, plain and simple. It is almost as if Trump would have America declare him king. And it is almost as though some Christians, who are adamantly loyal to Trump, would bow their knee and declare him such at the expense of the Democracy they claim was created by God helping our Founding Fathers! This is utter hypocrisy.

We, as Christians, have only ONE King. And the last command of that King in Revelation 22:11 is where Jesus told the Church to essentially let everyone do what they are going to do, which was always the central underlying focus of His message to not judge others. It is his last command. That means, as I see it, we should stop judging all people, but especially those outside the Church and stop trying to force our way upon them. Our King, Jesus, said it. I didn’t.