I’ve been noticing renewed outcry from Christian Trump supporters and have felt compelled to share my views as a Christian. As God’s people, we seem to have entangled God and politics in a way that is damaging to our Christian witness. Today, someone tagged me in this post with a “prophetic message from Trump” saying I had to see it. I long to create bridges across political aisles so I’m trying to engage in civil conversations with those of differing viewpoints. Here was my response to this post:
2 Timothy 4:2-3 says, “Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage – with great patience and careful instruction. For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.” As a follower of Jesus, I take this to heart and examine what I hear against what I know to be true of God from Scripture. This clip seems to be advocating for a kingdom which I don’t see in scripture. Here are a couple of examples:
1. Life in the Spirit will bear fruit:
• Lance talks about the insidious destructive toxic hatred in the left wing and yet says, “What knucklehead, mush for brains, evangelical leaders are trying to overthrow Trump? You’ve gotta ask yourself it’s a special kind of dumb to be oppositional to Trump.
• In Galatians 5:22-23, Paul says, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.”
These words are not patient and gentle. Instead they seem to sowing hatred, discord, and dissention which Paul warns is of the sinful nature earlier in the chapter.
2. My hope is in Christ and nothing else.
• Trump says: You are one election away from losing everything you’ve got.
• Jesus says: “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will save it.” (Luke 9:23-24)
As Christians, we are called to lay down our lives for Christ. I don’t mean to imply that we shouldn’t fight for religious freedom or against abortion. I just mean that the rhetoric that we are one election away from losing everything is just that – rhetoric. I saw a tweet earlier in the week about this and agree with this Christian leader. https://twitter.com/rayortlund/status/1034543602729476096
What are your thoughts?