Liberty University president, Jerry Falwell Jr., gestures during an interview at the school in Lynchburg, Va., Tuesday, April 21, 2015. Amid a $500 million construction boom, Liberty University is more construction zone than campus. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

I Don’t Know Which Jesus Jerry Falwell, Jr. is Worshipping

I am really confused by Jerry Falwell, Jr. and his public Christianity in the last twelve hours.

As my friend Caleb Howe noted on Twitter, Jerry Falwell, Jr., President of Liberty University, went on Sean Hannity’s show and said of Donald Trump, “Look at the fruits of his life and…people he’s provided jobs…that’s the true test of somebody’s Christianity.”

I did not know the truest test of somebody’s Christianity was being an employer. I thought humbling yourself, putting your needs behind those of others, and repenting of sin were more characteristics of faith than putting people on the payroll.

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.” Galatians 5:22-23.

In fact, Donald Trump has been divorced twice and a host of other issues and told a gathering of evangelicals he has never thought he needed to ask God to forgive him for anything.

I have, in my years in politics, struggled more and more with my faith and politics. I have, as a Christian, worked more and more in my own life to make sure I’m worshiping actual Jesus and not political Jesus.

I am not sure Jerry Falwell, Jr. has sat down and wrestled with this problem. I hope that he might. But to tacitly endorse Donald Trump as a Christian because he has provided jobs without, in his own words, ever feeling the need to repent of his sins, is a bit much.

And this is not to question Trump’s faith at all. He could very well be a strong believer.

What I do question is whether Jerry Falwell is so intent on finding a savior for America that he’s descended to worshiping flag waving, America Jesus and not the actual Jesus who carries a banner for truth, not for the Grand Old Party or even America.

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Erick Erickson

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