Currently, it appears the possibility of derailing the Trump Train is slim to none. Though Ted Cruz is waging a valiant effort, his polling numbers fall short of overtaking the brash Republican frontrunner. The most surprising aspect of Trump’s meteoric rise is his popularity among evangelical Christians. Almost a third of people claiming to be born again have tossed their support behind a candidate whose faith journey is questionable at best.
Trump’s flirtation with personal scandals and profiting from seedy businesses are well documented. Trump has raked in money off of strip clubs, cheated on his wives, and appeared on the 1990 cover of Playboy magazine. In his book “Art of the Deal,” he boasts about bedding other men’s wives. He wrote,
“If I told the real stories of my experiences with women, often seemingly very happy and married and important women, this book would be a guaranteed best seller.”
The biggest head scratcher of all is the Trump endorsement by Liberty University President, Jerry Falwell, Jr. Liberty is arguably the most conservative institution of higher learning in America, and when news outlets broadcast Falwell’s coveted backing, other Christian leaders expressed their concern. One of those was Southern Baptist Convention President, Russell Moore. Moore reminded Falwell, Jr. of the 1998 “Resolution on Moral Character of Public Officials” as passed by the Southern Baptist Convention. The resolution reads,
“[We] urge all Americans to embrace and act on the conviction that character does count in public office, and to elect those officials and candidates who, although imperfect, demonstrate consistent honesty, moral purity and the highest character.”
In the book of I Samuel we find the verse,
“Man sees the outward appearance, God sees the heart.”
In other words, no one has the right to make a final determination on Mr. Trump’s Christianity. However, one statement of Trump’s is quite disconcerting for those who truly are “born again.” In an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper, Trump said,
“Why do I have to repent or ask for forgiveness, if I am not making mistakes? I work hard, I’m an honorable person.”
Concerning Trump’s past money making ventures off of the exploitation of women and infidelities, Collin Hanna, president of Let Freedom Ring USA, said the following,
“It gets at the very matter of character, of sin, of forgiveness. A mature conservative Evangelical Christian should not hold sin against someone, but unconfessed sin should be a problem, a theological problem. And unadmitted sin is sort of a step beyond unconfessed sin, isn’t it?”
Trump’s boasts about cheating on his wife and sleeping with the wives of powerful men is far from a contrite heart.
Far be it from me or any other Christian to pass final judgment on Donald Trump. That role is reserved for God and God alone. However, the Bible states,
“…by their fruits you will know them.”
His checkered past fails to model the life of a follower of Christ, and Trump admits leaving God out of the equation when he makes a mistake. Trump had this to say when questioned about repenting of sin:
“I am not sure I have (asked God for forgiveness). I just go on and try to do a better job from there. 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.”
So, if a Conservative Christian tops your Presidential “must haves” there are certainly better choices (Cruz, Rubio, Huckabee). Several of the Republican hopefuls have strong Christian testimonies. Donald Trump? Not so much. Sure, America’s not electing a Pastor, but even the forefathers understood Christian principles were the driving force behind America’s greatness. Trump claims he wants to “Make America Great Again.” No one faults him for this motto as the last seven years have devastated our Country. However, for America to become great again, we need a leader that walks humbly before his/her God. Based upon his past and his prideful ramblings from lecterns across the United States, Donald Trump may not be the candidate qualified to meet this criteria.