This letter is addressed to Christian supporters of President Trump. The rest of you are welcome to read, but you are not my primary audience.
Abortion and homosexuality are the two main issues that define conservative Christianity today. But these questions are not my main concern. My goal is the presidential election in five weeks. The source of this column is the book “The Spiritual Danger of Donald Trump”. It is a compilation of conservative Christian leaders who have spoken out against the president’s re-election. Hopefully you haven’t put down the paper at this point because you’ve already made up your mind and don’t care what the Bible says about it.
First of all, let me see how deep your dedication to Donald J. Trump is in subjecting you to the “falsifiability test”. There is only one question and no one will check your answer except you. “What would make you decide to vote against President Trump on November 3?” If your answer is nothing, then you have failed the test. This level of devotion to a mortal man is contrary to Scripture and borders on idolatry.
Still with me?
Let me quote you a scripture found in Proverbs 6: 16-19:
“There are six things which the Lord hates, seven which are detestable to him: 17) haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, 18) a heart that plots wicked plans, feet quick to rush into evil, 19) a false witness who spreads lies and someone who stirs up conflict in the community.(All of my Bible quotes are from the NIV. The emphasis is mine.)
Since you are a conservative Christian, you believe these are the inspired words of God. If God hated all of these things in the Hebrew scriptures, it hasn’t changed since then. (“I am not changing.”) If you are honest with yourself, you will have to agree that these verses are a fairly accurate description of our current president.
If you catch yourself saying, “But what about …? Then you turn away from the problem and your heart deceives you. “The heart is above all deceitful and irremediable, who can understand it? (Jeremiah 17: 9) Be careful.
I know you are afraid of the “liberals” and “socialists” who are plotting to overthrow this nation, but do not ignore God’s attitude to the lie noted above. There are a lot of things that I don’t agree with the political left on, and I’ve spoken out against them in previous columns, but don’t let your fear of the left overwhelm you. We have checks and balances in our government that prevent us from going to extremes.
If your argument is that Trump is a modern day Cyrus, or we all have flaws, you are rationalizing. If you say that God used an adulterous and sinful King David to do his will, remember that David repented of his sins. Donald Trump did not and does not see the need for it.
Read what the apostle Paul wrote in II Timothy 3: 1-5:
“But notice this: there will be terrible times in the last days. 2) People will be in love with themselves, lover of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, ungodly, 3) unloving, ruthless, slanderous, self-restrained, brutal, not lover of good, 4) traitors, reckless, conceited, lover of pleasure rather than lover of God— 5) having a form of piety but denying his power. Have nothing to do with such people.
That’s a pretty clear description of President Trump. Note Paul’s command for us: “Have nothing to do with such people. To ignore what Paul says about this election is to ignore pious advice.
In conclusion, I hope I have convinced some of you, but if not, reconsider the above “falsifiability test”. The future of our representative democracy is in danger. Most importantly, conservative Christians shouldn’t put Christ and Christianity in a bad light. This is the spiritual danger of the re-election of Donald J. Trump.