Donald Trump, Jesus Rebukes You

I am tired of hearing that we’re not trying to elect a national preacher. I’ve heard the arguments from Christians that politics is too dirty to expect an actual practicing Christian to engage in it (a false and moronic assertion).

Christians who should know better have taken this “God’s not really central” approach to the GOP presidential race. Dr. Robert Jeffress and Jerry Falwell, Jr have ignored Trump’s Biblical failings to support him. Lately, Phil Robertson, a man known for his unabashed stance on Jesus has come out for Trump.

This is a conservative, Christian-based site. It’s Erick’s website, and Erick is a Christ-follower first, a family man second, and a political activist third. While it’s possible that Jeffress, Falwell, and the Robertsons have privately expressed their Biblical views and corrections to Trump, and even been satisfied that he listened, it’s up to certain members of the public to give voice to God’s Word if others choose not to.

Trump’s supporters–I’m referring to the actual Christian ones, not the broad spectrum of nuts and nativists who pepper his Twitter feed–have one thing in common. They don’t know the difference between a rebuke and an insult. Trump always says he hits back when other people attack him.

Donald Trump: Jesus rebukes you. Not I–I am not a righteous man. I am a sinner. But Jesus the Lord rebukes you. If you wish to hit back, hit back against Him, not me.

I will let Scripture do the work.

You are a fool (Proverbs 15:1-2).

A soft answer turns away wrath,
But a harsh word stirs up anger.
The tongue of the wise uses knowledge rightly,
But the mouth of fools pours forth foolishness.

You are full of wrath (v.18).

A wrathful man stirs up strife,
But he who is slow to anger allays contention.

You bring trouble (v.16, 27).

Better is a little with the fear of the Lord,
Than great treasure with trouble.

He who is greedy for gain troubles his own house,
But he who hates bribes will live.

You despise your own soul (v.31-33).

The ear that hears the rebukes of life
Will abide among the wise.
He who disdains instruction despises his own soul,
But he who heeds rebuke gets understanding.
The fear of the Lord is the instruction of wisdom,
And before honor is humility.

An old Jewish proverb says “the fish stinks at the head.” It means the leader of any organization sets the tone and the moral character for that organization, be it a family or a company. I would not work for Donald Trump, no matter how well he treats his employees, because he doesn’t exhibit Godly character to others.

Jesus told His disciples to love their enemies. Treating well those who treat you is no virtue (Luke 6:33).

And if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same.

Trump will lead our country down an unBiblical path, a path away from God and His precepts. How Christians cannot or refuse to see this is indicative of the spiritual and moral blindness that has afflicted our country.

No, we’re not trying to elect a preacher in chief. But the fish stinks at the head, and Trump’s fish is stinkier than any I’ve seen in my lifetime. I pray that the man repents and shows humility. I pray that Godly people surround him and give him good counsel (Proverbs 15:22). But Christians are rightly to be fruit inspectors (Matthew 7:15-20). Until there’s visible Godly fruit from Trump, I must proclaim the Lord’s rebuke.

If you don’t like it, take it up with Jesus.

 

About the author

Steve Berman

The old Steve cared about money, prestige, and power. Then Christ found me. All at once things changed. But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!

I spent 30 years in business. Now I write and edit. But mostly I love. I have a wife and 2 kids and a dog and we live in a little house in central Georgia.

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