10/11/16 at 09:07 AM 0 Comments

What Christians Can Learn from the Cesspool of Donald Trump’s Mind

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Undoubtedly (and unfortunately) you have been exposed to the lurid mind of Donald Trump as he exchanged “locker room banter” with Billy Bush. Christians should leave the political prognosticating to Rush Limbaugh, and perhaps learn the many lessons that the sewer of Donald Trump’s mind has afforded.

1. The religious right is dead; but it should never have been birthed in the first place. Christians are not the moral majority; we are a holy minority. We are not a political party; we are the church of Jesus Christ. When we accepted both monikers, we told the world, “We Christians are political animals.” We are not. We are the church of Jesus Christ (not of Latter Day Saints).

2. We are to make disciples, not political enemies. Voting for the Don is one thing; but endorsing, supporting, or defending him has made an enemy of the harvest field and compromised our Christian witness. Maybe it is time to carefully consider how and how much Christians talk about politics.

3. Mike Pence is a Christian brother, and I would not want to be in his shoes trying to defend a loutish running mate. Lessons in being unequally yoked for $500, Alex (2 Corinthians 6: 14). When you and I are seen as linking with any politician, we have committed the same error that Mike Pence has made.

4. To the Evangelicals who heartily promoted the Don in the primaries, you should not be shocked at the sewage that spews from his mouth. Actually, you should have researched and known this before you threw your support behind him.

5. It appears we have not learned well from history that a collusion of church and state is always a bad and unbiblical idea, cf. the Crusades, the Inquisition, Bloody Mary’s reign of terror, the Holy Roman Empire, Constantine, etc.

6. Donald Trump is not a sign of the times; he is a reflection of our times. We are clearly living in a post-Christian society. Are we ready for the Christian persecution that accompanies most pagan nations?

7. Some Christians don’t talk much differently than Sean Hannity. Rather than being concerned or disgusted, Sean pointed an accusing finger at Hillary and Bill for being far worse. Some high profile evangelicals assumed the same posture. Rather than pointing out the “selective moral outrage of the left,” perhaps they should stop looking for a scape-goat and start demonstrating what godly moral outrage looks like.

8. Self-deception is an awful thing. Donald Trump’s mouth spews vicious, dangerous, and potentially illegal bile about women. Yet he proclaims, “I respect women more than anyone else.” He demonstrates well that “our hearts are deceitful and wicked” (Jeremiah 17:9). You and I do not easily escape the same self-deception.

9. The Don has demonstrated beautifully how not to apologize. His filthy mouth cannot be whitewashed by labeling misogynistic language “locker room banter.” That is an offence to every single athlete ever. True repentance does not minimize, compare or excuse (2 Corinthians 7: 9-11).

10.Every Christian must search his/her conscience on this question, “Would the world be different if I spent less time following politics and more time witnessing?”

One final lesson

There are two major voting blocks at odds in Evangelicalism: those who cannot vote for an overtly immoral man vs. those who think that voting for evil Don is still better than voting for the really evil Hillary. As we swim through the sewage that this campaign has produced, could we possibly view one another and speak to one another better than Don and Hillary do when they debate?

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