So, a little birdie told me you might have problems with Trump, or Trump problems (whichever way you want to look at it). If you will hear me out today with an open heart and a renewed mind, I would like to have a short chat with you about that.
To start, I have a couple questions. Can you tell me anything, just one thing, that President Trump stands for? My best guess would be no. Can you tell me one thing he is standing against? Again, I would guess no.
You probably could not tell me one thing he has done for the good of the Christian church, even though that list is too long to keep track of. You probably could not tell me one thing he has done to stand against the violent enemies of the Church, even though he has likely been much more faithful in doing so than your pastor has ever been.
All you can tell me is how crass and sexist and racist you think him to be, how terrible you think his past to be, how bad for the environment you think his policies to be, and how ungodly you think him to be. (Um. You forgot to mention he’s a bad Christian.) Certainly, he is no one you would want your kids to be like.
So, let me get this straight. The beef you have in regard to Trump is that you think he’s a sinner, right? I mean, compared to your righteousness, Trump is basically the devil.
Could it be that you are of those to whom Jesus told to take the plank out of your own eye before digging at the speck in your brother’s eye?
Could it be that you are of those to whom Jesus said, “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of the bones of the dead and everything unclean. In the same way, on the outside you appear to people as righteous but on the inside you are full of hypocrisy and wickedness?” (Matthew 23:27-28 NKJV)
“I’m no hypocrite,” you exclaim. “Trump is a wicked pervert. I am practically perfect.”
Is that so? Well, please share your secret with the rest of us sinners who still need a Savior.
How did you reach perfection? How did you climb up into Heaven on the merit of your own holiness? Is it that holiness which qualifies you or your pastor to be a shepherd of God’s flock?
To be completely fair, if Trump must be holy on his own accord before you count him worthy of being your president, then how much more so should you become holy on your own accord before you can be entrusted with the care of God’s flock or before you can even touch the Holy Scriptures.
Once you have reached perfection by your own works, perhaps then we can talk about Trump’s imperfections.
You see, I cannot begin to tell you just how tired I am of hearing Christians qualify their support of our President by first saying “he isn’t perfect.” If we are that intentional about qualifying our support of him, then we need to be that intentional and qualify our support of every pastor, every leader, and every single person everywhere.
Let me give you an example. At the ordination ceremony of your church’s new associate pastor, you should hear, “Like any one of us, Mark is not perfect, but his sins are forgiven in Christ, and he is called of God.” But odds are you won’t hear that. Odds are you will only hear how wonderful and anointed and giving and loving he is, how truly blessed the earth is to have him on it. Odds are you won’t complain to church leadership for their misleading statements.
That’s an absolute laugh because they have led you to believe he is perfect, and guess what, dude: NO ONE IS PERFECT. “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23 NKJV). Only through Christ are we made holy and perfect in God’s eyes, and even then, we sin because our Spirit and our flesh are constantly warring for our obedience.
If we don’t place an “imperfect” disclaimer on everyone we laud, I hold that we cannot do so with anyone. Otherwise, we are guilty of operating by a double standard and of showing favoritism.
However, if you still insist on calling out President Trump’s past and his imperfections, then I demand that all of you self-righteous Bible teachers out there never mention King David again. And you sanctimonious lay Christians, don’t even think about reading first or second Samuel ever again.
David was a deceiver, womanizer, adulterer, murderer, polygamist, and all-around sinner. And yet despite his gross errors, get this y’all, he was called a man after God’s own heart, he was placed in the hall of faith by the author of Hebrews, and his descendants include a one Jesus Christ.
So, if we really want to get down to the nitty gritty, why do you even mention the name of Jesus when his generational line was so horribly flawed?
“NO!” you exclaim in horror. “What heresy for you to even suggest such a thing! Jesus is the perfect lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.”
Oh, so now you will finally admit that people can be redeemed through believing on Jesus. So, since Donald Trump is a born-again Christian—deny it all you want, but it’s still true—his past and future sins are under the blood just as much as ours.
Yes, friend. If you still hold Trump’s past against him, you must do the same of yourself. Oh, I see you over there getting all flustered, but before you start accusing me of falsity, why don’t we see what our Lord says about the subject?
“Judge not that you be not judged. For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you.
Wait for it….
“And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me remove the speck from your eye’; and look, a plank is in your own eye? Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.” (Matthew 7:1-5 NKJV, my emphasis)
Yup. There it is—the truth. Folks, that’s verifiable, undeniable biblical principle right there.
For those who look upon him not with the plank-blinded eyes of man, but with the discernment of the Holy Spirit, they see our President as a man after the heart of God. They see a man talking the talk and walking the walk of Christianity, speaking for those who cannot speak, standing in the gap for persecuted Christians across the globe, lifting the masses out of poverty, relieving the plight of widows and orphans, reforming the criminal justice system, and preserving law and order in a world that is freefalling into lawlessness.
Suddenly, I hear the words of Jesus to the man later called Paul, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?” (Acts 9:4 NKJV)
I ask you, friend, why are you persecuting the Lord and His church? For this is the essence of what your persecution and vilification of Trump is achieving.
Every single day, Trump faces attacks and persecution from Christian and heathen alike because he is pursuing righteousness, and he does so with more grace and style than you could even begin to understand. When was the last time you were persecuted because of the righteousness you pursue and portray? Had to think on that for a minute, didn’t you?
That tells me President Trump is headed toward blessing and you, not nearly as much. Ooooh. Not what you wanted to hear, eh? Did I mention that I’m not like your prosperity-preaching, seeker-seeking pastor?
I’m sure you would much rather me focus on all the good little Christian things you do like feeding the poor and clothing the homeless. I would do you wrong to speak of these things and ignore Matthew 7:21-23 where Jesus said,
“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’”
Will all the works you have done in the Name of Jesus be counted as naught in the end? Does God know you for your obedience or for your lawlessness? Is it not clear to you that obedience determines our eternal destination? Do you not hear the voice of the Father commanding you to stand up for righteousness? Are your eyes still blinded to the truth that the most practical and critical way for you to stand for righteousness today is to vote for Trump?
What am I saying? Well, I’m most certainly not saying you will go to hell for not voting for Trump. I am saying that by making such a decision, you might be showing the true state of your soul. You might be setting a dangerous precedent for yourself. You might be starting down a slippery slope of lawlessness and of disobedience to God, and that slope does go down into hell.
My advice to you would be to do the will of our Father who is in Heaven. Get over your pompous piety and vote for Trump. He truly is a man after God’s own heart. Are you?
Seeing with unblinded eyes,
P.S. Well, the only way I know to follow this up is by saying that you can’t vote for Trump unless you are registered to vote. The registration deadlines are fast approaching in most states. Go here to find out how to register in your state: https://vote.gov/.
There’s still no such thing as perfect people, y’all.
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