Saturday, March 19, 2016

“Can A True Christian Support Donald Trump?

This question seems a little tricky because this has to deal with the faith of Trump that we do not see. Does it mean that if no Christian was running, the Christians will not vote? Does Trump’s misbehavior annul his salvation and ultimately brotherliness? Are all the other candidates holier or perfect than Trump? These are all questions we must consider to come to our conclusion. In the eyes of many, Donald Trump has not been a good person, talk less of a good Christian. His family friends and coworkers say that he is a good person. Would our judgment be based on what total strangers say about him, about what he says on the campaign trail, or what he lives as a Christian?
I understand why people may ask this question. After all, Trump is the one who advocates for a total shutdown of the Muslims from entering America. He was the one who belittled Carly Fiorina and Megan Kelly. He openly inferred that Carly was ugly, and Megan was menstruating. He is the same person who said that ISIS should be bombed. It was Trump who compared Ben Carson to a child molester and McCain as a weakling who got captured. He has asked his supporters to fight back or for protesters to be jaded out by force. These are a long list of his sins. The question is, “do they qualify for his lapidation? Like Jesus, I have written down the sins of Trump and found him guilty on all charges. The next question I must ask is “let him who is without sin cast the first stone.” If we are looking for a perfect candidate, then it would neither be Cruz nor Kasich. Therefore, the GOP like their Democratic counterparts would not have a presidential candidate. However, it is expedient to look at the biblical concepts that disqualify or provide support for Trump.
Some people think that he should be charged with violence or inciting violence. First of all, it is undemocratic to block Trump from holding his campaign. In a democracy, the candidates are allowed to campaign and be voted. Somehow it would seem that Trump is “more sinned against than sinning.” As much as what he was saying lacked probity and decorum, it was not against the law. Trump is covered under the “Fair Comment Privilege” Phoenix Newspapers, Inc. v. Church, 103 Ariz. 582, 595 (Ariz. 1968) because abortion and politics are a matter of legitimate concern to the country for the campaigns decide who will be the next president in the country. In addition, those are “pure opinions” as protected speech, MacConnell v. Mitten, 131 Ariz. 22, 25 (1981). Finally, the court does not require any decency in voicing a valid opinion (Reno v. American Civil Liberties Union, 521 U.S. 844, 117 S.Ct. 2329 (1997). Since he is not breaking the law, any Christian who wants to support him may do so. Our next stage will be to examine his behavior with the Bible.
The word Christian was used in Antioch for the first time in Acts 11:26 to refer to the behavior of the disciples acting like little Christ, in other words, imitators of Jesus Christ. Therefore, we are representing Christ when we are called ambassadors of Christ (2 Cor 5:20). As Ambassadors, the code of conduct obliges us to be an example and flippancy is not a good example for anyone representing Christ. That means students of Christ. The term disciple progresses to Christians in Acts 11:26. These ones want to learn from Christ so that when he is gone they will take the mantle. They become the little Christ through whom the world sees the Christ who is gone to heaven.
Paul says that Onesimus was unprofitable for a time but later become profitable (Philemon V. 11), even after stealing from Philemon. Paul did not abandon him, neither did the rest of the brethren. Let us say that Trump is caught in a sin, the appropriate way to deal with him would not be to declare him anathema. The solution is to gently restore him, else we are tempted ourselves (Gal 6:1). It is the temptation of Moses to put himself in the place of God when attempting to correct the Israelites that he was denied the privilege of entering the Promised Land. He was asked to speak to the rock, but he decided to strike it, calling the children of Israel “rebels” (Numbers 20”8-12). That cost him Canaan, the land that flowed with milk and honey.
It is true that "Ye shall know them by their fruits; "however, it will depend on the objectivity of the seer. There are people that will see fruits and call them leaves, and those who will call leaves fruits, nowadays. Like I said, Cruz, Hillary, Rubio, Romney have told a lot of lies too, but people still think they are righteousness or even perfect because they prefer them to Trump. 
People should be careful how they trample underfoot the work of salvation in Trump. Trump’s fustian is a parlance that the majority of white men and women understand. His idiolect opens the door for conversations and forces Americans to look at the mirror of hypocrisy whereby it is more polite to speak behind people’s backs than speak to their face for fear we hurt their feelings. That is even more Christian than devilish because we are to speak the truth to each other. Everyone wants to be politically correct, so in most cases they unconsciously become biblically incorrect. When Paul told the church of Ephesus to speak “the truth in love” (Ephesians 4:15), he did not mean that people should dilute the truth. Truth diluted is no truth. The verse simply means that because of your love for each other, you should speak the truth to one another. Some of the things Trump has spoken are very true. Some illegal immigrants, including Mexicans, Nigerians, British come with a crime baggage. He is right that the refugees should be properly vetted before they come into the country, and he has also said that African leaders are very stupid because they steal their people‘s money to hide it in foreign banks. Those are undeniable truths that the country must grapple with. He will not win the elections, but he has opened doors on free speech more than it was before.
Considering the fact that he has neither broken the law nor has he denied Christ, I do not see why a Christian would not support him. That does not mean that every Christian must support every Christian because at times, a Christian, despite their good intentions may still be in error. Politics is a game of interest, so the Christians should see who has their interest at heart better than the others and support that person, even if it is Trump. We should be careful how we judge the salvation of people.

Until then, I don’t see why Christians should not support him.

St. Arrey of Ntenako

“Bonyfish beware because the same net that caught the jawless fish, caught the cartilaginous fish” (Hamilton Ayuk). Beware earthly paradise seekers because there is a serpent in every paradise"(Hamilton Ayuk). "If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable." (I Cor 15:19). "It is not how well you know a person; it is how well you treat them that they will live longer and happier with you." Hamilton Ayuk. Idle people write, idler people read, and idlest people read and whine that idle people are taking their time (Hamilton Ayuk).

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