Should evangelical Christians prefer Donald Trump on moral grounds?

Donald Trump should stick to Miss Universe pageants
Donald Trump should stick to Miss Universe pageants

I found this article on the Matt Walsh blog.

It says:

Some people are having fun at Trump’s expense because of how he pronounced the verses — “two” instead of “second” — but that’s an unfair criticism. Obviously Trump can’t be expected to know the correct pronunciations. The guy can’t even name a book in the Bible, for goodness sake. And that’s because Trump is not a Christian by any stretch of the imagination.

[…]His behavior doesn’t appear to be any more “Christian” than his theology. We won’t talk about the fact that he’s a serial adulterer who abandoned his family (twice) to shack up with younger women. We won’t get into how his ex-wife once alleged that he ripped out chunks of her hair and violated her. We won’t delve into how the great Christian Trump sent his lawyer to intimidate and censor journalists who write about those accusations, and how his attorney recently told The Daily Beast, “I’m warning you, tread very f**king lightly, because what I’m going to do to you is going to be f**king disgusting. You understand me?” (Is that what you call “servant leadership,” Mr. Falwell?)

We don’t even need to get into alleged ties to the mob or financial scams or his confession that he bribes politicians. We won’t harp any longer on the fact that he spent most of his adult life espousing views and funding politicians who enact legislation directly contradictory to Christian teaching. We won’t talk about his support for a woman’s legal right to murder a fully developed infant all the way into the ninth month of pregnancy.

To be clear — but, like I said, I’m not harping on it — Trump believed that it should be legal to stab a child in the skull as it is in the process of being birthed, cut a hole in its head, and suck its brain out through a tube. Trump thought such atrocities should be legally protected, and he thought that up until the moment when he developed an ambition to run for president as a Republican. Even after this miraculous conversion, he still says abortion isn’t murder, that he’s only pro-life “with caveats,” and that Planned Parenthood “serves a good function.” Worst of all, he’s made it clear that he wouldn’t mind putting radical pro-abortion zealots on the Supreme Court.

I don’t believe that a person can dismiss their past with a few words during an election campaign. If there is sincere repentance about things like divorce, adultery, partial-birth abortion, etc., then I want to see some evidence in public actions – not just words. Show me repentance like I see in former atheists like J. Warner Wallace or former abortion-providers like Abby Johnson or former Democrats like Ronald Reagan. Show me the evidence that the heart has changed because the mind has been informed through study. I want to see the conservative actions and conservative achievements that flow from a change of mind. I want to see him “bring forth fruit in keeping with repentance”, as John the Baptist says.

Meanwhile, back on the subject of Christian faith, there is this article from Business Insider.


After months of reflection, Donald Trump says he still doesn’t regret his decision not to ask God for forgiveness for his sins.

In an interview on Sunday with CNN, the Republican presidential frontrunner said that he does not regret never asking God for forgiveness, partially because he says he doesn’t have much to apologize for.

[…]”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. I try to do nothing that is bad.”

[…]Late last year, Trump told Republican pollster and focus-group guru Frank Luntz that when the real-estate mogul has done something wrong, he tries to correct his error without getting God involved.

“I am not sure I have,” Trump said when asked if he’d ever asked God for forgiveness.

Christianity, if it means anything at all, means accepting the forgiveness for sins based entirely on the work and person of Jesus Christ. One does not claim to be a Christian and then denounce asking God for forgiveness for sins, based on Christ’s atoning death as a sacrifice for one’s sins. And unless you have stopped sinning, you have to keep asking – it’s in the Lord’s Prayer for goodness’ sake. Look, I am committing more and more sins every day, and I would hate to think that I had grown so proud that I stopped asking God for forgiveness. And not in a flippant way, but seriously – I need to be forgiven for my sins against God.

I also expect to see some evidence of repentance and sanctification, but when I look at the adultery and the multiple divorces, I don’t see that. I don’t see any awareness that these things he has done are even wrong. There is no forgiveness from God without bringing Jesus into the picture. And settling that is more important than all the money, fame and poll numbers in the world. Does Trump believe that?

Trump thinks the Bible is “incredible” (literally, I would think) and he can’t name a favorite Bible verse from his supposed “favorite book”.

Look, I am fine with voting for a non-theist or non-Christian for President. The important thing is whether they can do the job and defend the Constitution, including American values like the right to life, natural marriage, free enterprise, peace through strength and most importantly – religious liberty. It’s not Trump’s lack of Christian faith that bothers me, it’s his false profession of faith. Not to mention all of the liberal political views and liberal actions in his past.

I don’t like when a person says things that are are not true, and then people on my team believe him without asking for any evidence beyond words spoken confidently. Does the Bible not warn us about people who do not have actions to match their words? Where is Trump’s record of activism on issues like pro-life, pro-marriage, limited government, religious liberty?

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