Former President Bill Clinton, center, and daughter Chelsea Clinton, right, look on during a ceremonial swearing-in for Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Monday, Feb. 2, 2009, at the State Department in Washington. (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari)

Is Chelsea “Sufficiently Christian?” What About Trump?

To be honest, this gets kind of old.

Just after noon yesterday, Chelsea Clinton was being hammered on Twitter for posting a picture of her children’s Easter basket and not mentioning Jesus in the caption. The online religion police quickly pounced, asking her why she hadn’t given the Savior of mankind any love on His resurrection day.

To be fair, her original post did include a reference to having been at church. But apparently that wasn’t good enough. Chelsea had to go back and make a second post expressing how she thinks of Jesus every day.

It was sad someone criticized her for not mentioning Jesus in the first place. It was sadder that Chelsea was shamed to then do so. And it is saddest of all that we think this kind of “Did you meet your public-statements-about-Jesus quota” is a good system for any of us.

Frank Camp did an excellent job of pointing out over at the Daily Wire that Chelsea Clinton, like far too many prominent political figures of our day, worships the god of their own mind. They drink freely from the fount of Scripture when it comports and accommodates their political aims and policy objectives, but quickly isolate it when it infringes into uncomfortable or inconvenient areas – as the Word tends to do to each of us.

Simply put, when someone is leading a life that is not surrendered to Christ, or driven by His purposes, why would we expect them to mention Jesus regularly in conversation? And if I might be so bold, why would we want them to?

Of course we all should want our political leaders to submit themselves to the Natural Lawgiver and the Providence that presides over the destinies of all men and all nations. But the last thing we should want are political leaders who do not submit to God pretending like they do. Such pretense can be a real stumbling block to other believers and our discernment.

And Chelsea isn’t alone. Early Easter morning, pollster Matt McDermott tweeted out, “The Obama’s spent every Easter attending church services. Trump hasn’t attended church once since his inauguration. Where’s the GOP outrage?”

There was only one significant problem with this hot take. Trump was in church at that very moment.

And this is what I was just getting at – the fact that McDermott made a fool of himself with his unspoken demand that Trump start acting more Christian is a large part of the problem. I’m not interested in politicians who attend a church service for photo-ops or to keep their base happy.

I’m not impressed or reassured when I see Chelsea Clinton make a comment about Christ on Twitter, or see Donald Trump walking into a church on Easter. Jesus makes it clear that, “By their fruits you will know them.”

I know what I need to know about Chelsea’s commitment to Christ by her public support of child sacrifice.

I will know what I need to know about Trump’s commitment to Christ by the content of his character and the direction he leads the nation.

Do I want everyone in church? Of course. Do I want everyone talking about Jesus, all the time? Absolutely. But what I don’t want is nominal or non-Christians posing as born-again believers just to get the cultural faith police off their backs or to use the name of Jesus for political gain.

So let stop inspiring that kind of conduct. Let’s stop with the cyber-stalking or public pressuring of politicians to be sufficiently religious.   Instead let’s allow them to be their true selves, and the love they feel towards Christ will become self-evident.

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Peter Heck

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