Former pastor on concerns over Trump for Christianity

A concern that evangelicals should have is casting a person who does not exhibit their ideals as a Godsend. For too many evangelicals, the ends justify the means. Yet, when the means pervert your religious doctrine, the ends are not realized. They are bastardized.

The attached link is from a former pastor who lost his faith because of this. As a Christian, the overarching message in the bible is called the Golden Rule. Treat others like you want to be treated. It is pretty basic.

So, when the Godsend does not act or speak this way, it damages credibility. When the Godsend is not living up to those ten other rules, it makes it worse.

In short, the ends do not justify the means. How we act is important. How we treat people is paramount.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/ex-evangelical-pastor-says-supporting-trump-has-been-damaging-to-church/ar-AAJP9v0?ocid=spartandhp

12 thoughts on “Former pastor on concerns over Trump for Christianity

  1. I fully agree … though I am not a Christian, I am aware of the basic principles of Christianity, and it seems to me that when the evangelicals praise Trump, despite his very “un-Christian-like” behaviours, it makes their religion look like hypocrisy. I read recently that many are leaving the Christian religion for this very reason.

    • Jill, it is hard to be an example for others when your paragon is not representative of what you are advocating. We focus on the lying, bullying, denigrating, name-calling,and betraying allies and lose sight that there are 67 women who have claims of sexual assault or harassment toward Donald J. Trump per a recent well-researched book. Of course, that is all fake news and should not be believed, right?

      Mind you, I am imperfect. I try to live a good life, but am human. Yet, our leaders must be our better angels, not our worst. Our children are watching. I was thinking of today a real leader would come out hard against the person trying to blow up a synagogue and white supremacists gathering where Emmitt Till was butchered and beaten. Keith

      • Jill, agreed. I guess the key question I would ask evangelicals is do you want your children to emulate Trump? Thanks for sharing the link. Wow. Keith

      • Thanks Keith! That is an excellent question to ask! I’d almost be afraid of their answer, though. Yes, that one scared me, too … when she stomped her foot and “I have every right to declare the White House holy ground because I was standing there, and where I stand is holy ground.” My jaw dropped … I think this woman thinks she IS God! And she will be helping make policy??? Ay ay ay!

      • Jill, as we have discussed before, just because someone is a minister, does not make them infallible. I have worked with and know many wonderful ministers, priests, rabbis and imams. I have also know some greedy ones and some who use the bible to exclude.

        Keith

  2. Very sobering Keith.
    And over here in the UK where we have a virulent wing of Atheism who act like the mirror image of The Evangelical Faithful of Trump every Christian get this hypocrisy flung in their faces as if we all sign up to it.
    It seems the Evangelic Wing have selectively forgotten:
    Matthew 31-46
    31“When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the [c]holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory.
    32All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats.
    33And He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left.
    34Then the King will say to those on His right hand, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:
    35for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in;
    36I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.’
    37“Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink?
    38When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You?
    39Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’
    40And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’
    41“Then He will also say to those on the left hand, ‘Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels:
    42for I was hungry and you gave Me no food; I was thirsty and you gave Me no drink;
    43I was a stranger and you did not take Me in, naked and you did not clothe Me, sick and in prison and you did not visit Me.’
    44“Then they also will answer [d]Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to You?’
    45Then He will answer them, saying, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.’
    46And these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”

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