By Robert J. Garrison, The Seeing Servant
After 8 years of “exile,” evangelicals see a Trump presidency as a chance to get back political power. They see Trump with all his flaws and say, “Well, he’s better than Hillary.” They feel as though they will have more of a voice with Trump than with Hillary.
Franklin Graham basically said this very thing in a rally earlier this week. (Read story here). They also see Trump more likely to align with their views on foreign policy, globalization, and the war on terrorism. However, the biggest concern that Evangelicals have is the make up of the United States Supreme Court.
Many evangelicals view the Supreme Court as the last bastion of stopping America from going over the cliff morally. However that thinking is flawed. I mean this is a court that has ruled against “the religious right” by upholding Obamacare and striking down DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act)!
From a religious aspect it is also flawed. We as Christians aren’t called to seek the power of political influence. If we read Paul’s letter to the church at Corinth, we see that the believers there weren’t rich, wise, powerful or influential. In fact God made it an effort to have the poor, weak and influential come to faith to nullify the powerful.
Why did God call the outcast? God did that so no man could boast or take credit for the power that is found in the Gospel, specifically 1 Corinthians 1:26-31. FYI : That’s FIRST Corinthians, not ONE Corinthians, Mr. Trump.
A Trump nominee of the GOP candidate for president would fall in line with Paul’s warning to Timothy in 2 Timothy 4:3
For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.
Trump certainly tickles the ears of those at his campaign events and in his interviews with the media. That’s the only explanation that I can come up with that “evangelicals” can support a man who believes he does not have to repent of any of his wrong doings.
In an interview, Trump was asked about his religious background and views. The question about asking for forgiveness came up. Trump’s response was, “I am not sure I have,” when asked if he’d ever asked God for forgiveness. “I just go on and try to do a better job from there. I don’t think so,” he said. “I think if I do something wrong, I think, I just try and make it right. I don’t bring God into that picture. I don’t.”
This isn’t even close to sound Christian doctrine, in fact it’s totally contrary to the Gospel! The Gospel makes clear in Romans 3:23 that
we all have sin and fall short of the glory of God.
And because of that sin, we must repent and ask God for forgiveness, through His son Jesus Christ as it explains in Acts 2:39.
This belief is so key that the writers of the New Testaments wrote letters to churches warning them about someone coming and preaching something counter to that belief, labeling them as antichrists! (The word “antichrist” combines two roots: αντί (anti) + Χριστός (Khristos). “Αντί” can mean not only “against” and “opposite of”, but also “in place of” “Χριστός” translated “Christ”). As we can see, being an antichrist is something that a Christian believer does not want to be labeled as!
The Apostle John in his letters of 1st, 2nd, and 3rd John wrote to the New Testament churches in Asia minor warning them that if one comes to them with a Gospel that is different from the one they (apostles) have taught and preached, that makes him an antichrist. (That’s a small ‘a,’ not a capital ‘A’. Difference being the small ‘a’ is someone who preaches a false Gospel during the dispensation of the Church whereas the capital ‘A’ – Antichrist – is the one that comes claiming to be Christ spoken of in the book of Revelation that shows up in the tribulation.) Lastly According to the Apostle Paul in Galatians 1:8 those that preach a different Gospel message then the ones that the Apostles have preached that they should be under God’s curse. So how could I, or any Christian vote for someone that according to the Apostle Paul be under God’s curse?
Trump knows how to run a show and play to the crowds. He’s been doing it for years. Many evangelicals, since the time of Reagan have been hooked on the drug know as political power. Many evangelicals want to be back in the sphere of power in Washington after 8 years of an Obama administration.
So many evangelicals ought to rest their hopes on the Power of God, which is found in the Gospel rather than the power of Trump. The evangelical community ought to stop selling their soul to gain political power. We must get off the drug known as political power. The withdrawals will be painful but at least we can say that we are true to the Gospel and be seen as genuine rather than hypocrites by the world.
Robert J. Garrison is a political and religious contributor for The Systems Scientist
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