A debate was raging on FB via an Eternity Matters post about Donald Trump’s profession of religion. Neil Simpson just came right out and said that the Donald was not a Christian, but was posing as one in order to court evangelicals.
Of course, there were a few who brought forth the ignorance card, “you can’t know. That is between God and the Donald alone.”
But alas, our dear Savior did make the argument against such arguments. We will look at these in a moment. Let’s look at the Donald’s great confession of faith:
“I like to be good. I don’t like to have to ask for forgiveness, and I am good. I don’t do a lot of things that are bad,” Trump continued. “I try to do nothing that’s bad. I live a very different life than probably a lot of people would think. I have a very great relationship with God, and I have a very great relationship with evangelicals.”
On the surface, I imagine doctrine-lite evangelicals would all be a flutter for such a statement. For many evangelicals, simply mentioning God in some context of morality constitutes a solid Christian.
The problem lies below the surface when we look at what The Donald actually said. He said, “I have a very great relationship with God.” That really isn’t a trustworthy confession. Where is Christ in the midst of that confession? He is absent. Christ was very clear about what it takes for someone to be considered one of His followers: they had to be willing to confess Christ among men. Here are Christ’s words:
“Therefore whoever confesses Me before men, him I will also confess before My Father who is in heaven. But whoever denies Me before men, him I will also deny before My Father who is in heaven” (Matthew 10:32-33).
The Donald did not even come close. He confessed to some generic gawd at best. Christ is nowhere to be found.
I’m sure this is fine among the doctrine-lite crowd. But it probably doesn’t sit well with Christ. Christ isn’t looking for those who just give Him a wink and a nod, but is looking for those who will take up their crosses and follow Him. They are willing to die to self because this is what Christ calls men to. They are willing to join in His sufferings because this is how He sanctifies us. They are willing to forsake the world, nay, reject the world because one cannot love the world and Christ at the same time.
This really doesn’t sound like The Donald. But for those who are into patriotic Christianity, I’m sure Trump is just fine. He’s just not a Christian.