Is supporting Trump doing the ‘work of the Lord’?

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The Jeffersonian “wall between church and state” — a wall that Baptists once defended as vigorously as they now denounce it– has long served to protect both parties in the arrangement. It ensures that government does not become an extension of any particular sect or creed, and that religion in turn is not corrupted by the pursuit of political power.

The process by which religious faith can be corrupted by the pursuit of secular power is now on clear display in the flirtation between white evangelicals and Donald Trump. Inexplicably, a lot of white evangelicals have already gravitated toward the thrice-married, casino-owning, biblically illiterate Manhattan playboy with a penchant for public penile bragging, a reality that calls into question the movement’s claim to comprise morality-based “values voters.”  Some evangelical leaders, such as Jerry Falwell Jr., have even endorsed Trump.¹

And if they can support the likes of Trump under a Republican banner, it raises an obvious question: Who in the world would they NOT support under those conditions? To be blunt, it makes them look like blooming hypocrites.

Here in Georgia, according to exit polls, Trump easily defeated Ted Cruz among white evangelicals, pulling 39 percent to Cruz’s 26 percent. The same was true in South Carolina and other GOP primary states with a heavy evangelical base. In South Carolina, Trump even won among GOP voters who claimed that “it matters a great deal or somewhat” that a candidate share their religious beliefs.

To their credit, some evangelical leaders have balked at supporting Trump. Russell Moore, head of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, wrote last week that the Trump campaign “has cast light on the darkness of pent-up nativism and bigotry all over the country.”

“There are not-so-coded messages denouncing African-Americans and immigrants; concern about racial justice and national unity is ridiculed as ‘political correctness’,” Moore noted. “Religious minorities are scapegoated for the sins of others, with basic religious freedoms for them called into question. ”

“The man on the throne in heaven is a dark-skinned, Aramaic-speaking “foreigner” who is probably not all that impressed by chants of “Make America great again,” Moore concluded.

Trump’s response to that and other statements by Moore?

Astoundingly, Politico now reports that major evangelical leaders are looking toward Trump’s selection of a running mate to determine whether they will throw their full support behind him and his “Christian” message. Penny Nance, head of Concerned Women for America, a group dedicated to advancing “biblical principles,” describes what she sees as the stakes:

“There’s a big difference between me saying I don’t think we should do a third party, and giving a full-throated endorsement in which I actually work for him and get out the vote for him,” Nance said, saying that she’s not at all committed yet to doing the latter. “It remains to be seen how involved our ladies will be.

“Door-to-door leaflets, sign waving, that’s the thing my ladies do,” she continued. “We’re the legit activists. We do it for free. Phone banking, hours and hours of phone banking, that’s a necessary part of the campaign. You can’t buy that.”

No. You can’t buy that. But as an acknowledged outsider, I also can’t buy the idea that Nance’s “Christian ladies” out there phone banking for the likes of Trump would be doing the work of the Lord.
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¹ Mark DeMoss, chairman of Liberty University’s Board of Trustees’ executive committee, was recently forced to resign from the post after he criticized Falwell’s endorsement. “Donald Trump is the only candidate who has dealt almost exclusively in the politics of personal insult,” DeMoss told The Washington Post. “The bullying tactics of personal insult have no defense — and certainly not for anyone who claims to be a follower of Christ. That’s what’s disturbing to so many people. It’s not Christ-like behavior that Liberty has spent 40 years promoting with its students.”

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RamonMendoza
RamonMendoza

I'm always suspicious of those who want to inject their religious beliefs into politics.  Each individual is entitled to his own beliefs; he is not entitled to impose them on others through force of law.  That's a theocracy, which I don't believe we want here in the U.S.

Besides, trying to legislate morality is a fool's errand.

TommyTruthteller
TommyTruthteller

In America, one of the reasons we value the voting process is because its the closest reflection of God's Will.


Maria Dayley
Maria Dayley

Surely, given his financial and marital history, they mean the UNDERLORD, as in Satan.

James Millaway
James Millaway

Evangelicals are old , bigoted individuals still living in 1950.

Jay Barton
Jay Barton

Remember the part, " Vengeance is mine said the Lord"

WardinConyers
WardinConyers

I certainly do not agree with Jay's politics, but I often read his column to be better informed of what the other side thinks.  Sometimes, he really does have a good point.  I started to counter some of the idiotic blogging I was reading, then realized that most of the blogging was just crazy, and fraught with some of the worst grammar and spelling I had ever seen.  It's too bad when you can't have intelligent discourse here.  In reading, I quickly became rather depressed.  It reminded me of how I felt when I used to read my college students' writing assignments, and that's not good.

Jeffrey Anderson
Jeffrey Anderson

Better than a Hillary that supports a rapist husband that was impeach for sexual misconduct in the Oval Office and an adulterer , who defends child murder and harvesting late stage baby abortions organs for sale , who abandoned Americans who could have been saved then lied about it and called their families liars , and who is bragging about removing our constitutional right , 1st and 2nd amendments !!!! Wake up and smell the socialist overthrow of America

Wendy McKoy
Wendy McKoy

Lol.. Lol.Lol.lol.lol.lol........bwwaahhhhhhh!!!!! Whew.......

Chris Yoder
Chris Yoder

As usual Jay is sharing his very left leaning views only with a different slant using the evangelicals to make his point. Well written and I am sure there will be a few that will read this and agree.

Jan Marynowski
Jan Marynowski

Bookman you are the only hypocrite here. You are also a moron.

Jo Anne White
Jo Anne White

You are a bunch or idiots at the AJC for saying this. What is it with all of you that are trying so hard to make this Political race about religion or acting like a political candidate has to be a preacher ! I don't want a preacher in the White House. I want a leader. Donald Trump is absolutely a leader.

Anthone Arenas
Anthone Arenas

No we band to Trump because he wants a nation of , by, and for the people! He also put his money where his mouth is, , no more chemtrails, no more murdering babies, the list goes on!

WillJones
WillJones

Godless servants of the Anti-Christ want satanic psychopath lesbian Hellary for president.

Linda Young
Linda Young

So if the evangelicals spoke against Trump, wouldn't Bookman and AJC call them judgmental, hateful hypocrites?

Laura Dilworth
Laura Dilworth

Don't care as long as he makes America great again

Theressa Loyd
Theressa Loyd

Paula White, Joel Olsten, Kenneth Copeland all endorse Donald Trump! That sickens me as a Christian..\U0001f614 And seeing them lay hands on him on YouTube. And Trump looking all around while their heads were bowed was an abomination.\U0001f612 Then I see where this very controversial Pastor has endorsed him who believes Sandy Hook was a conspiracy theory! Are you serious?\U0001f633 https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2016/03/09/the-donald-trump-endorsing-pastor-who-encourages-sandy-hook-hoax-questions/

Andrés Perez
Andrés Perez

La verdad trump nno se le entienda Dios lo sabra

Joshua Acreman
Joshua Acreman

In reality, it's him or some who STRONGLY wants 36 week abortions via dismemberment. I don't want that on my conscience. It's Brutal.

Jolie Cooke
Jolie Cooke

I will choose....I'm researching candidates. I just won't choose a baby murderer.

Joshua Acreman
Joshua Acreman

To not choose, is to plant a seed of bitterness which I will not have to live with, but may see grow. That's reality and I have chosen wisely.

Jolie Cooke
Jolie Cooke

"Of two evils, choose neither." - Charles Spurgeon. “Look, Planned Parenthood has done very good work for many, many — for millions of women,” Trump said in a news conference Tuesday night. “And I’ll say it, and I know a lot of the so-called conservatives, they say that’s really … cause I’m a conservative, but I’m a common-sense conservative.” "Hillary Clinton I think is a terrific woman. I think she really works hard, and I think she does a good job. I really like her." - Donald Trump

Joshua Acreman
Joshua Acreman

I will not only answer to God for this one, but to my wife every time she looks in the mirror and washes innocent blood off of her hands. She may not speak of those who could have made a difference. But she'll blame them daily.

Jolie Cooke
Jolie Cooke

We will definitely give account to God for our vote. I can't imagine Him asking me why I voted for someone who supported Planned Parenthood or said on public TV that he didn't need forgiveness from God because he didn't sin. I have voted for the "lesser of two evils" the last two elections begrudgingly, but at least I didn't disagree with them morally. And we see where that got this country. This time, the choice is between two people in favor of organizations that murder babies. I'm a Christian before I'm an American, and I cannot vote for either wicked candidate and hold true to Biblical principles and morals. It's time Christians stood up and voted right instead of choosing the lesser evil. That's gotten this country nowhere and it has to stop.

Jolie Cooke
Jolie Cooke

We'll just agree to disagree on this one.....my mom and Dusty agree with you. I say you can't boycott Target and vote for Trump, though. Here's his quote on that...and I'll leave this alone....you won't change my mind, and I probably won't change yours :)

Jolie Cooke
Jolie Cooke

The billionaire said Thursday on the "Today" show on NBC that, "There have been very few complaints the way it is. People go, they use the bathroom that they feel is appropriate. There has been so little trouble, and the problem with what happened in North Carolina is the strife and the economic punishment that they're taking. So I would say that's probably the best way.

Tim Ferguson
Tim Ferguson

And it's more biblical to support a criminal, communist who enabled her sexual predator husband?

Kyle Robinson
Kyle Robinson

I can't believe you people! Hypocrites...aren't we all?

Kyle Robinson
Kyle Robinson

Race baiting is pretty popular with AJC. You might think someone would use their brain to slander someone so that maybe they will at least sound like they have a legitimate point,but this is the same old same old. Writers at AJC must have tape loops spinning through their heads. Maybe you racist pricks should cut back to an 8 ball a day.

Tom Mendenhall
Tom Mendenhall

AJC is another liberal media outlet, that's why they really never sell newspapers anymore. I am Christian and support Trump. I feel like Trump is Christian, and neither Hillary nor Obama is not. Case closed

Vincent Earl Davis
Vincent Earl Davis

Married and divorced how many times and what does the Bible say about a rich man getting into Heaven?!?!? Maybe he'll be instructed to sell all he has and give it to the poor?

Marian Chapple
Marian Chapple

Tom,how can you in good faith of saying that you are a Christian that Trump IS Also A Christian?? The TRUE GOD I Serve Don't Spread Hate And Devastation.

Wendy McKoy
Wendy McKoy

Feelings and the truth are two totally different entities

Mark Cosby
Mark Cosby

Selling your soul to Satan, more like.

John Gilbert Colgan
John Gilbert Colgan

It makes them look SMART. They need to back a person who is against Muslims who are imposing their will on Christians. Crooked Clintons inclusiveness will get Americans killed. John Kerry announced last week that Democrats want a borderless world. That's not America. We have indoor plumbing and we speak English and pay car insurance and have a minimum wage. No more Bushes or Clintons.

Lowell Dearsman
Lowell Dearsman

Cruz and Rubio were getting the vote of the devoted evangelicals that go to church of some form. Trump is getting the "Creasters", Christmas and Easter only believers.

elgrunir
elgrunir

TODAY’S LAST LIMERICK

The limericks’ve been flying out west

Rhyming can be such a test

Let’s say: Guido Merkens

I only got “gherkins”

My sanity’s done left the nest

Lisa Brewster
Lisa Brewster

There is nothing remotely Godly about this idiot. Please refrain from using His Name in any convo regarding dump.

Hedley_Lammar
Hedley_Lammar

 So because Alex Jones is trumpeting it, it's false?


Most likely. The guy thinks aliens are running around Area 51

Hedley_Lammar
Hedley_Lammar

@Donnie_Pinko @Hedley_Lammar @honested  Insurers who are more bullish on the program tend to be ones that expanded slowly into the markets and have a lot of experience working with low-income Medicaid recipients.


From one of your posts.


Sounds like some of the bigger insurers got caught with their pants down.


Nobody was arguing that Obamacare was perfect. I support single payer as do MANY Americans.


If this is a step in that direction it is well worth it.