Why Christians Should Stop Belittling Donald Trump

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I once read a story … a surgeon, an engineer, and a politician were debating which of their professions was the oldest.

The surgeon said, “Eve was made from Adam’s rib, and that of course was a surgical procedure. So obviously surgery is the oldest profession.”

The engineer countered with, “Yes, but before that, order was created out of chaos, and that most certainly was an engineering job.”

Hearing this the politician smiled and said triumphantly, “And just who do you think created the chaos?”

I don’t know about you but when I watch political coverage on the news these days — that joke seems to hit a little close to home. Our current political election cycle has become like an extended reality TV show — and “chaos” may be understating what is happening right now. All one need do is watch the news and it appears that America is at war with itself. Slander, divisiveness and even physical altercations surround our presidential candidates.

This has often caused me to ponder: “What teaching from Jesus Christ taught us to view a political candidate — orany person for that matter — with such disdain, such hatred?”

Spoiler alert: there isn’t any.

To the contrary — Christians are to be supporting our presidential candidates spiritually. The apostle Paul — in 1 Timothy 2:1-2 — urges Christians to be “making requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving for everyone” — for government leaders and all those in authority. Paul wrote this letter as a charge to develop the directive that he had given his young assistant to, among other things, refute false teachings.

And do you know who was in power when Paul wrote this letter to Timothy? The notorious Roman Emperor Nero. Nero — the Christian Killer. The non-Christian historian Tacitus details Nero as “extensively torturing and executing Christians.” Christian writer Tertullian is the first to call Nero the first persecutor of Christians. Bishop Eusebius of Caesarea — writes that Paul was beheaded in Rome during Nero’s reign and that it was specifically Nero’s persecution that led to Peter and Paul’s deaths.

But, again, what does the apostle Paul urge folks to be doing? To be making requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving for everyone.

Quite frankly, we as modern Christians have failed to do our Christian duty in this regard. And this reality personally hit me pretty hard during the presidential primaries earlier this spring because of something I read.

I read then — and it was confirmed later — that Donald Trump was actually baptized in the denomination in which I serve, the Presbyterian Church (USA). So this means that somewhere, at some time, my larger Presbyterian tribe assumed responsibility for Donald Trump’s Christian nurture. Now, of course, I wasn’t there at Mr. Trump’s baptism, but when the larger community pledges to care for individuals baptized in Christ — I think that we all, as Christians, have a responsibility throughout the duration of our lives to live into that charge. Wherever and whenever that pledge is made we, as a family of faith, need to try and uphold it as best we are able.

But that is not what I have seen happening. Quite to the contrary — on one side I have watched my friends who are self-proclaimed liberal Christians demean Trump and on the other side, I have seen self-proclaimed evangelical Christian Republicans mock him. You know all the verbiage — you have heard it for months on end.

But when we lose compassion for other human beings, when we stop being intentional about going after the lost, we are sacrificing individual and collective pieces of our humanity and we are exchanging them for evil.

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SOURCE: The Christian Post
Christopher Benek