Thursday, June 23, 2016

Missing the message

I have come to the conclusion that no one who considers themselves to be a Christian can support or even vote for Donald Trump. Conversely, I believe that anyone who supports Trump and calls themselves or considers themselves a Christian is NOT a follower of the Christ revealed in the Gospels.

There. I said it.

Why?

Because now these so-called "Christians" support a man who has had multiple marriages. They support a guy who's admitted to affairs. They want a man for President who has belittled disabled persons, who's called Mexicans "rapists", who has obviously shown from his few references to the bible to have little biblical knowledge, and has encouraged tacitly and even directly violence against those who disagree with him. He's called opponents names, like he was a schoolyard bully. He has boasted about the size of his penis. He's spoken about building walls and has criticized the pope (which they probably liked rather than disliked). He has carried himself and used language that would make a Sunday school teacher blush. 

And yet, they are behind him. Through their support of Trump, they ignore the very things Christ spoke of in the Gospels: feed the poor, clothe the naked, visit those in prison - basically, show compassion. And Trump has no compassion in his words or deeds. He advocates in both his rhetoric and his lack of tact a message of hate, misogyny, abuse, and stupidity. And the people that I have run across that are Trump supporters like what he says and stands for - they use the excuse "he speaks his mind", which they like in this era of political correctness. And the religious right, which probably does not really like him, have stood in support of him because they just don't want Clinton, whom they perceive as another Obama.

They are so focused on making sure that gays cannot marry, that women cannot have safe abortions, that they miss the message of compassion, love, and sacrifice that Jesus teaches us. They have forsaken Christ and God for some ideological world where women are at home, are compliant and obedient, that children grow up straight, that marriage is ALWAYS between and man and a woman, and that the college age girl who got knocked-up during a drunken night of partying in the dorm has to carry a baby full term.

Yet, they don't worry about that baby after it's born. They want to cut funding to aid people who need it most. Yup, that's Christ-like. They speak of traditional marriage being threatened by gays, but take it from my experience as well as many others, there are LOTS of ways marriages can be threatened, least of all by some same-sex couple in San Francisco wishing to marry. They speak of equality yet do not pay women equally for what they do. And they wrap it all up in the American flag, accusing those of us who see it as a symbol of freedom and diversity, and not something to be venerated. 

And they hate. And that is not love, and certainly not the love that Jesus calls us to share. Now, many of you might wag your finger at me and say it's not my place to judge. But I am not being judgemental. I am calling out those who espouse the name of Jesus, yet commit acts that are opposed to his very teachings. That is admonishment, and we are encouraged to do that. Nathan the prophet did that when King David had Uriah the Hittite killed so he could have Uriah's wife. And Paul encourages Christians in Colossians 1:26-28 to admonish one another. When we see wrong, we are not to judge, but to call out the sin, or in this case, the hypocrisy, to help our fellow believers see the true meaning of the Gospel. 

They are completely off-topic and missing the message. And in doing so, they are serving a man who is hateful, belittling, misogynistic, racist, a bully and tactless. And the only reason they do it is because they have been assured he will carry out their agenda. And to them, THAT'S more important than living the life that we were told to live by the man whose name they worship.


"No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money."
Matthew 6:24

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