The text message was poignant and painful. An adult daughter, herself a committed Christian, could not understand how her father, himself a minister, could support a “villain” like Trump. A similar conflict is playing out in families across the nation, dividing the Church at large and separating evangelicals in particular.
In the case at hand, we have two devoted Christians, both of whom love the Lord and esteem the Scriptures. Yet their relationship is being challenged because of their diametrically opposed views on President Trump.
The daughter wrote to her dad, “What Trump stands for is the opposite of who you are and the father I have supported and loved my whole life! So when I hear you support him and champion him and make excuses or twist things to fit the narrative that Jesus is behind this, it crushes me and makes me question what I’ve always known to be true about you. I want you to be my hero forever, but what I see is my hero, my champion, supporting a villain and I cannot make sense of it.”
In response, the dad wrote to me, “I’m praying for wisdom and discernment how to break through this forcefield caused by Trump just to have a conversation like you said today [on the radio broadcast], ‘C’mon he only gets my vote.’
“I agree with the reasons you stated. It’s just politics! He’s just the President…I don’t adore him nor am I tethered to him…my daughter knows that factually…yet she’s not able to disassociate all the vitriol embedded in her judgements against the President for us to have a conversation about it.”
I can sympathize with both sides.
The daughter, who has always associated her father with morality and humility and integrity and the gospel, sees him supporting a man who appears to be the opposite of those values.
The father, who recognizes that the president is fighting many important battles for the good of our nation, believes his daughter has been unduly influenced by the secular media and the widespread vilification of Trump.
And this brings us to the big question of the hour: Have the good things President Trump has done for evangelicals been worth the price that has been paid by evangelicals? Is our relationship with him a match made in heaven or a marriage with hell?
Some readers mocked me for writing the recent article, “Donald Trump Is Not the Christ and Donald Trump Is Not the Antichrist.”
One said, “For the last time, Trump IS NOT our savior. No one here with a brain thinks he is.”
Another commented, “You guys here at Stream are having a running argument that is in YOUR HEADS AND IN YOUR HEADS ONLY about Trump being someone’s savior, or not.
“You write as if this is a question for normal people (take note: that means you are being abnormal). It’s not. It is all in your freaking own head, and it is a kind of disguised and self-righteous slander on your part to imply that it is an issue in our heads, or hearts, or spirits. IT IS NOT!!!!
“So get a grip and get off it.”
Little did they realize just how extreme the rhetoric is surrounding our president, both inside and outside evangelical circles. (They also failed to understand that in saying Trump is not our Savior, I was making a positive statement about to a critical world, not a negative statement.)
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Source: Christian Post