Is Donald Trump the new face of American Christianity?

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The National Association of Evangelicals created this test to determine if you were in fact an Evangelical. Ready to play? Do you accept that;

  1. The Bible is the highest authority for what you believe.
  2. It is very important for you to personally encourage non-Christians to trust Jesus Christ as their Savior.
  3. Jesus Christ’s death on the cross is the only sacrifice that can remove the penalty of your sin.
  4. Only those who trust in Jesus Christ alone as their Savior receive God’s free gift of eternal salvation.

What seems to be missing in this short quiz is following the example of Christ. Maybe it is implied then again maybe there is just a little bit of built-in flexibility, a loophole. One would think that words like love, compassion, and empathy would be included in this test. But instead, rather than the character of Jesus Christ we get the role, what He is good for rather than what He represents.

My biggest struggle with the Evangelical community is # 4, Only those who trust in Jesus Christ alone as their Savior receive God’s free gift of eternal salvation, but I will save that rant for another day.

Now for me if there was a test to find out if you were in fact a Christian it would be your acceptance of The Beatitudes, the blessings listed by Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount; 

  1. Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
  2. Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
  3. Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
  4. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
  5. Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
  6. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
  7. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
  8. Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

One of the patterns that I have noticed recently among Evangelical Christians and their vocal leadership (insert Franklin Graham) is their attachment to number eight, Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven and honestly this is why they have placed Donald Trump so high on a pedestal as their savior.

Evangelicals compare their persecution right up there with how Blacks were treated for centuries in the United States. That may sound like an exaggeration but it is in fact true. There is strength in persecution, it offers groups something to rally around. And certainly if you have followed Donald Trump for any period time you know he loves playing the persecution card himself, “The real story is that President Obama did NOTHING after being informed in August about Russian meddling. With 4 months looking at Russia under a magnifying glass, they have zero “tapes” of T people colluding. There is no collusion & no obstruction. I should be given apology!” 

In my opinion, mainstream Christianity in America looks nothing like Jesus. According Sojourners magazine, “Christians in America have largely supported measures that have rejected refugees, refused aid to immigrants, cut social services to the poor, diminished help for the sick, fueled xenophobia, reinforced misogyny, ignored racism, stoked hatred, reinforced corruption, and largely increased inequality, prejudice, and fear.” In short, embraced Donald Trump as the new face of American Christianity.

I believe Evangelical Christians are headed down a slippery slope with their undying loyalty to our President. If they truly accept that there will be a day of reckoning, a day that they will have to answer for their time here on earth I wonder how they will account for the persecutions they were a party too? The persecution of the LGBTQ community. The persecution of refugees and immigrants. The persecution of the poor. The persecution of people of color and other faiths. Maybe that is the loophole they are counting on.

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”

 

 

 

 

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55 Responses to Is Donald Trump the new face of American Christianity?

  1. Great picture. Jesus looks so….well, Anglican. The wisdom of the ancients has been lost on these ego-driven, self-righteous, inerrant, infallible, literalistic religionists. The mystics of Christianity, Buddhism, Islam and Judaism present a theology of compassion, sacrifice, voluntary poverty, and intelligence.

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    • I like the word “mysticism” much better than “infallible” and for me that has become the divide in our faiths. In the minds of too many their paths have become “infallible” and that includes everyone, Christians and Muslims, Republicans and Democrats.

      I find myself flirting with the “infallible” path from time to time. Honestly, flirting may be to weak of a description. But nonetheless, maybe it is self protection or simply anger. It certainly isn’t the mystic of being, or breathing, or accepting.

      I wish we could get back to simply examining and living in the world with wonder. We we are so busy making our world infallible we miss the wonder standing right in front of us.

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    • Suze says:

      nah…he was roman catholic…that is Pietro deMedici……….lol ohhhhhhh, how ironic! lol

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    • Suze says:

      that is Pietro de Medici….

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  2. Last night I watched a show called Revelation Today. I had seen an episode of it two weeks ago and I really liked it. It was about Hell. Last night’s episode was about American in the end times. Although I didn’t exactly agree with he said, it was very interesting though. He said that one of the Beasts in the book of Revelation is America. The reason is because it had no crowns. He also said the Beast is like a lion meaning it has Christian roots. But it loses its way and it demands it to worship the first Beast (nation) that had a wound. I missed the episode where he talks about that beast. I think it’s Russia.
    I do agree that test is missing something.

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    • Sounds like an interesting, though scary show. I contend that the Book of Revelation, the last book to be accepted, has caused more harm to the Christian faith than good. Even Martin Luther had his doubts about the book calling it “neither apostolic nor prophetic”. But hey what do I know. Thank you for reading and for taking the time to share your thoughts.

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  4. persedeplume says:

    “I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.” M. Ghandi
    Dominionism has become the political arm of the Conservative movement. Trump is the symptom of the frustration over the social movement and identity politics of the left. I’ve noted on my blog that progressives main failure has been to legislate things first rather than win the war of ideas. Christianity is overdue for a second reformation to align with how society will move forward in the 21st century. Much like moving away from slavery, there will have to be folks within Christianity to lead the way.

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  5. kertsen says:

    Most sensible people know that following the example of Jesus Christ as laid out in the gospels is impossible. In the same way to love your neighbor as yourself is beyond us all. To do these things we would have to deny human nature , our survival would be in doubt , we may end up being crucified. So the label Christian as millions apply it to themselves falls far short of the biblical meaning. They argue constantly about who does and who does not come up to standard. Many feel tremendous guilt because they know full well just how far short they fall from the gold standard.

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  6. kertsen says:

    Human nature does not work that way men fly across the world happy that they have paid their carbon dues by planting trees. Christianity has the scapegoat method to relieve guilt used at every celebration of communium . This subtle ritual oils the cogs of Christianity in the same way as charitable acts make our lives more livable. We observe at work the common denominator of human behaviour the cost of having to carry a conscience around with us due to eating of that tree of the knowledge of good and evil. As Freud neatly phrased it : ‘ we are at war with ourselves’.

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  7. kertsen says:

    We are all in the battle , like it or not , it is the cost of being human. Some souls are hypersensitive and cannot bear to see others suffer including animals others have managed to harden themselves or brush the guilt to the back of their minds. Sometimes we excuse violence saying it was unavoidable or perhaps deserved. The most interesting specimen is the psychopath who we are told has no conscience and apparently has a different brain scan from us more normal beings. Robert Hare is the expert in this field he has suggested about 1% of Americans are psychopaths, many moving among the population undetected. In most of us the battle rages between selfish ambition and loving concern.

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  8. K. Q. Duane says:

    Christian “Persecution” of LGBT, refugees, immigrants, poor, and people of color? Are you suggesting that as Christians we are to remain silent on the seriousness of the sins committed against God by homosexuals, knowing full-well about God the Father’s fury, and hellfire destruction, of Sodom for those very same sins? If we followed that path, we would no longer be Christians, we’d just be JERKS! We are remanded by God to warn these people that they are on a selfish journey which will lead them to eternal damnation unless they repent and reform their displeasing behavior.
    As far as Christians “persecuting” the remainder of your list of victims, those people are the very people to whom millions of Christians have dedicated their very lives and wealth to helping. And NO OTHER faith on earth has ever surpassed the Christian’s level of charity. For pete sakes, Christians invented the concept of hospitals and schools for that very purpose!

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    • “….we are to remain silent on the seriousness of the sins committed against God by homosexuals, knowing full-well about God the Father’s fury, and hellfire destruction, of Sodom for those very same sins?”

      Apparently you are Jewish, not Christian given that you follow an Old Testament God rather than the compassionate and loving example of Jesus Christ. But that is the Christian paradox so many of “YOU” have, use God as the bad Guy to justify your harass stance on everyone that doesn’t act, look, or believe as “YOU” do.

      Good luck on all that wonderful “charity” you are willing to offer to those willing to drink your Kool-Aid while you with hold your love from others. In my opinion, you missed the message of Jesus but Franklin Graham supports you.

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      • K. Q. Duane says:

        How did you jump to that inane conclusion? Do you honestly think that Christ did not believe what His Father did? The issue of homosexuality was dramatically settled for Christ BEFORE He even set foot on earth, in Sodom. It was a non-issue for Christ because there was NO doubt about His Father’s directive on this matter. NO doubt! Christ’s time on earth was defined by “compassion and loving” because His Father had done the heavy-lifting, here on earth, BEFORE sending Christ to forgive those few, by comparison, remaining sinners. There would be NOTHING more UNcharitable than to deliberately withhold redemptive information from someone who was at risk of eternal damnation! And, you ignore the fact that 95% of homosexuals were abused as children. They ALL have a backstory of betrayal, suffering and sadness. Why would you prefer to enable this abuse rather than face the reality of these horrors and assist those who need help as adults and as children? Where is the “charity” in that?

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        • Lady you are no better than your President spouting facts and figures you can’t prove. Your faith is based on fiction, stories, and fables. You would be better off worshipping the truth of Dr. Seuss at least your heart would be filled with love for all of creation rather than the ones you pick and chose because you think you know the message of Christ.

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          • K. Q. Duane says:

            Dr. Seuss? 😂 Those books are spawn from the mind of an author on an LSD trip! So how is that in any way relevant to this discussion? As far as proof goes, for the simple-minded, I don’t think that 11 of Christ’s 12 Apostles, who knew Him personally and lived with Him for many years, would have ALL allowed themselves to be brutally and mercilessly tortured and martyred in the name of Christ, if they believed Christ was a fraud. YOU, on the other hand, have no personal experience, or facts, upon which to base YOUR irrational conclusion that it’s all a lie.

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          • Amazing, what kind of wacky weed are you smoking? Some of your tantalizing facts;
            1. Dr, Seuss was on LSD.
            2. 95% of homosexuals were abused as children.
            3. Christians invented the concept of hospitals and schools.

            Lady, your beliefs are the reason that Christians have brutally and mercilessly tortured others in the name of Christ, and continue to do so today. May God have mercy on your soul.

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          • K. Q. Duane says:

            Obviously you haven’t read Seuss’ books! If Seuss, a non-Christian, anti-Christian oddball, wasn’t doing drugs while writing his “children’s” books he was insane. His books are total garbage and the crazy characters, stories and bizarre worlds he invented hardly allow very young children to understand the world they are about to enter. They instead make it frightening and confusing. The last two are facts that stand on their own merit. And, for your further education, Christians also invented missions and became missionaries to the poor, ALL OVER THE WORLD!

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          • I wouldn’t get too proud about Christian missions and missionaries, just ask the Native Americans how that went for them. Check that fact.

            I hope you get to stand before God an answer for all the kooky bullshit you and your kind spew. When you get to explain your hate and intolerance in the name of GOD.

            I try to keep an open place in my heart for all you God-scaring Christians, but your words and your actions make it hard, very hard to do so. Peace will rein ALL OVER THE WORLD when the words and actions of haters like you and your President become silent.

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          • K. Q. Duane says:

            What are you taking about? The French and Spanish missionaries had great success with the Native populations where they settled. Many actually became missionaries themselves!
            Where is the “hate and intolerance”? If you believe that helping people find joy in their lives is a definition of “hate and intolerance” you are barking up the WRONG tree. Try again.

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          • You seriously are nucking futs, the Native Americans were FORCED to accept the “great success” of missionaries just as they were forced off their lands.

            And I am sorry, I didn’t realize you were helping people “find joy” by browbeating us with your bible, judging us, and criticizing our path to enlightenment because it doesn’t match yours. Do me a favor, don’t help me or my family “find joy”. Drag someone else down to your joy level.

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          • K. Q. Duane says:

            You were OBVIOUSLY “educated” in the public school system which is run by feminist socialists who irrational HATE everything associated with Christianity and routinely LIE to “prove” and push their anti-white Christian male agenda. Try again. And, obviously you’ve also failed to notice that I’m not the one spewing hate here, you are!

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          • So I suppose you support the white Christian male agenda? Do you also fly the Confederate Flag? Do also support the Ku Klux Klan a well known “Christian” group here in the South known for their “love and encouragement” of blacks, Jews, immigrants, gays and lesbians and the newest group to their advocacy Catholics?

            I love how you use words of denial to prove your “point”, then blame others for the problems in your faith and in typical righteous Christian fashion play the victim….oh poor persecuted Christians. Looks like a page from the elect Donald Trump President playbook.

            “I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.” – Mahatma Gandhi

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          • K. Q. Duane says:

            I love how YOU are a flaming bigot and racist! You are obviously irrationally prejudiced and HATE white Christians.

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          • You are truly nucking futs, but that’s okay the world needs nucking futs people to keep the rest of us balanced, to show the rest of world right from wrong.

            I just assumed you were a Trumpet, then saw your Twitter account; https://twitter.com/kqduane which confirmed for me you are not only a fake Christian but a useless piece of shit fake Christian and probably a card carrying member of the Westboro Baptist Church.

            When you stand before God and condemn homosexuals, I hope you have a good answer for your love and support of a pussy grabbing, racist, money loving, adulterer. Yea, God said those were sins too you hypocrite.

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          • K. Q. Duane says:

            😂😂😂😂😂

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          • “Woe to you, O land, when your king is a child, and your princes feast in the morning!” – Ecclesiastes 10:16

            One day you will stand before God and be asked what you did to bring the Kingdom here on earth, what “you did for one of the least of these” and your answer, “I tweeted hate, vile, racism and bigotry. I sided with a man and a party who interpreted Your words of compassion, tolerance and love as an act reserved for only those who believe as I do, whose life, color, sexual orientation and thought mirrors mine”. You are not a nice lady K.Q. Duane and based on what I have read and what you have posted and even sadder example of a human being. Unfortunately you will wear my description of your behavior has some kind of sick badge of honor. I will pray for you and your troubled, misguided type. The answers you think you know as truths are coming soon. I wish I could be there to see the disappointment on yours, Franklin Grahams, and the members of the Westboro Baptist Church faces when you get them.

            “Your prophets have seen for you false and deceptive visions; they have not revealed your iniquity, to bring back your captives, but have seen for you oracles that are false and misleading” – Lamentations 2:14

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          • K. Q. Duane says:

            Unfortunately, as long as little-old you continue to foolishly pretend that YOU are “superior” to 2.2 BILLION Christians, 2000 years of Christian teachings, the critical thinking of its great theologists, religious leaders AND the Apostles of Christ Himself, who lived with Him, knew Him personally and WITNESSED His miracles, you will ALWAYS be ridiculed for the ignorant, arrogant, self-aggrandizing egotist you portray yourself as. Get used to it!

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          • “ignorant, arrogant, self-aggrandizing egotist” lady don’t lump into the same category as your President. And numbers, 2.2 BILLION, 2000 years don’t mean shit. They are just numbers. Numbers don’t make you right. Your President spouts numbers all day long, he is still a dumb ass or as you would describe him the smartest, pussy grabbing, adulterer on the planet. And there are just as many “great theologists” who would tell you to put the crack pipe down, your full, you have had enough. So you and Hitler keep following your “Christian” white Jesus, with blue eyes. My Jesus was a brown Jew who didn’t walk this earth to start a new, separate and divided religion. He came to right the wrongs of the Torah. To teach people how to live with one another and with their neighbors. Saul of Tarsus started “The Way” as a vehicle for non-Jews, Gentiles, to have a relationship with God. But then your kind fucked it up, distorted the message and worse the image of Christ. Don’t lump me into your 2.2 billion. Not a club I want to be a member of. The sad part of all this is that you don’t walk alone on your path but 2.2 billion who think like you do? Not even close.

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          • K. Q. Duane says:

            Good Lord, you are ALL over the place! What does Trump have to do with this conversation?! It’s YOU I’m talking about and numbers (statistics) do NOT lie because they are easily verified by anyone. Maybe if you weren’t so full of yourself you’d realize that.
            Ok. You know what? Reading the rest of your TOTALLY irrational comment, you’ve finally convinced me that you’re a sociopath. The kind of help you need is WAY above my pay grade. Try and get out more.

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          • Lady I hope people don’t pay you to “help” them. This world doesn’t need people as “helpful” as you. Hate breeds hate and you are a carrier, no better than a mosquito carrying Malaria or fleas spreading the Bubonic Plague.

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        • look to Ezekial for the reason that Sodom was destroyed. It wasn’t because of homosexuality. Ezekiel 16:49-50 declares, “Now this was the sin of your sister Sodom: She and her daughters were arrogant, overfed and unconcerned; they did not help the poor and needy. They were haughty and did detestable things before me…”
          So, the arrogant, overfed and unconcerned that did not help the poor and needy were the biggest problem. Secondly, Muslims created the first hospital, and the Chinese the very first schools far before Christ was even born. Learn some history before spouting off half-truths. So far as your statistical information, you must have been listening to fake news sources, because it just isn’t true about the abuse you state 95% of homosexuals underwent.

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          • Nan says:

            You go get ’em, Suze!

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          • Ms. Suze, I don’t see any good reason to give this “lady” anymore of our space, time or oxygen. She is apparently the poster child for “You can’t fix stupid” right behind her “arrogant, overfed and unconcerned” President, The Donald. She responded to your comment (which I deleted) with this oh so witty retort : “Nice try. And I suppose you you believe that it’s just a coincidence that Sodom and sodomy are spelled nearly the same!” which included several emoji’s. She is apparently very fond of emoji’s, which makes sense given her level of intellect. We all know smiley faces are easier to draw than forming complete intelligent sentences.

            She is an old, white, racist, bigot hiding behind the cloak of Christ and a vengeful God. We have seen her kind before (Sieg Heil) and I am sure we will see her kind again. Hate spawns hate but what we can try to live by and up too are the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, “I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.”

            We got to love her but we don’t have to give her a platform. Let her spread her hate on her own blog, Facebook and Twitter accounts.

            I love you Ms. Suze. Thanks for being in my universe.

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  10. persedeplume says:

    @ Host: E&BB
    Looks like you have a live one in KQ Duane, the “Kellyanne Conway” of the Republican Jesus set. She’s sitting home sipping motor oil and telling everyone it’s chocolate sauce. She may be smart, but she hides it behind the crumbling facade of the continuous lies she feels compelled to tell to prop up what is going to be known as the most incompetent President in US History.

    I love this latest scathing indictment at [“theoutline.com] by Emmett Rensin entitled “The Crushing Idiocy of Donald Trump.” It really encapsulates Trump brilliantly.

    “Trump really is a dumbass. He is profoundly stupid. This is obvious. He is as stupid as liberals pretended George Bush to be, probably even dumber than that. He appears before us on a million television screens as a sputtering child, choking half-remembered words out from a drooping chin asphyxiated by daddy’s tie. He has spent his whole life being stupid, failing upward through a business world that celebrates the terminally idiotic, unable-to-distinguish anymore between himself and the man he has played in so many versions on television. The trouble is not that he doesn’t read white papers, it’s that he has spent his entire life belching the alphabet and if it worked, and it did work, he’s as shocked as anyone. “I loved my previous life. I had so many things going,” the president told Reuters last month, “This is more work than my previous life. I thought it would be easier.” If Trump is a wise man, he is only wise in the Socratic sense: he keeps telling us he doesn’t know what he’s doing, and nobody, it seems, will listen.”

    Duane’s god is evidently powerless. Only an incapable god would require its followers to impose bronze age death cult morays in 21st century society. At least the Old Testament god handled his own business. Now there was a dude who could drown the world in 40 days. He probably wouldn’t have time for KQ’s mindless yapping.

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    • “Only an incapable god would require its followers to impose bronze age death cult morays in 21st century society.” Love it.

      Poor OLD K.Q. she won’t be around to long but her kind are breeders of the next generation of nucking fut “Christians” who worship that buff, blue eyed, white Jesus who looks like a surfer. When they get to the Pearly Gates won’t they be surprised by the guy that greets them, the guy that looks more like President Obama than them!

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  11. Virtuous Desires says:

    Relax, Trump is not a Christian. Born again Christians that I know and myself didn’t vote at all. It would be a logical fallacy to vote between the two evils.

    I’m just shaking my head at all the confusion surrounding Christianity. Take it this way, this country is up for judgement. Most people who proclaim to be Christian are merely a false convert. The false converts do all kinds of things that are unbiblical and turn around and try to justify themselves and lack a repentant heart.

    And no, we don’t need a flood of refugees here. Do the research on what their prophet teaches and then look at all the European countries that’s been flooded with mainly men and what goes on in those countries.

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    • You missed the point then, it was a rhetorical question, yes Trump is new the face of Evangelical Christians. They don’t care that he is adulterer, money grabbing, pussy grabbing, egotist, as long as he pushes their agenda; white, pro-life, homosexuals back in the closet, Christian theology and beliefs that influence any and all rules of law.

      I know he is not a Christian. I also know that so called Christians better figure out that they don’t have the market cornered on enlightenment or salvation. You can be born again everyday, every hour, every second but if you don’t treat everyone, EVERYONE with compassion, love and grace you are no better than Donald Trump. And that “flood of refugees” they worship the same God you and I do, the same God of the Jews, the God of Abraham.

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  13. thewayonline says:

    The Bible repeatedly tells us in the N. Testament “seeing they shall not see and hearing they shall not hear” – in order to understand the Bible, the Gospel message or anything to do with Jesus or the Holy Spirit you must be called and your spiritual eyes opened. I used to argue with people now I just pray that your eyes are opened…all else is in vain. Its like asking a man born blind to describe the colors of tonight’s sunset – it’s outside his capabilities.

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  14. Boomer48 says:

    The word “Christian” was originally coined to mean “little Christ”. That is both a simple and a complex standard to apply. There are some who are so blatantly in opposition to that standard that it is simple to discount them. But for most of us it is more complex because we are human. Even Paul struggled to do what he knew was right and struggled because he knew he often did what he knew wasn’t right. I agree that Trump cannot in any way, shape, or form be considered a Christian and cannot for the life of me understand how anyone who honestly yearns to be a follower of Jesus could support him.

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