Dear Conservatives & Christians: Inspiring Rhetoric is Not an Excuse to Vote for a Godless Charlatan
I’m going to attempt to address two demographics simultaneously in this post, mostly because I believe that my overarching message applies to both groups. Of course, there will always be discrepancies and differences. After all, I realize that not every conservative voter identifies as “Christian.” Similarly, not every Christian voter identifies as conservative. I have plenty of friends and readers in both groups. Nevertheless, I believe that there are several principles on which we can and do agree. If you’re a liberal progressive Democrat or an atheist (or maybe both), this post probably won’t resonate with you. But, for God-fearing Christians and conservative folks who are hellbent on supporting presidential frontrunner Donald Trump, this should at least give you something to ponder between now and election day.
If you’ve been following my posts over the last few months, then you know that I’ve done my best to expose Trump for the fraud that he is — which, unsurprisingly, resulted in a lot of backlash and hostility from the sycophantic Trumplings desperate to protect their idol’s public image. That’s sort of ironic, considering that Trump is really good at destroying his reputation all by himself, when he’s not busy insulting war veterans, mocking TV news personalities or running elderly widows off their property so he can erect casinos. I can’t help find it absurd that Trumplings are perfectly content to give this man a pass for such behavior, while simultaneously criticizing Barack Obama for all sorts of immoral and godless conduct. The hypocrisy is truly astounding. I guess the only explanation is that Trump’s popularity is essentially driven by a sick and twisted mob mentality and mobs rarely listen to sound reasoning or common sense.
Anyway, I think it’s important for conservatives —and particularly Christians — to strive to elect presidents who have godly morals, ethics and values and who represent the true essence of conservatism. Obviously, Donald Trump possesses none of these qualities and that’s why I find it sad that many Christians and so-called conservatives have been duped by his empty rhetoric and fallen for his fake persona. Frankly, there’s no way he could be doing well in Iowa or leading in the national polls without support from at least some evangelical voters.
A few days ago, The Donald spoke at Liberty University, a private Christian college in Virginia where dozens of presidential candidates often deliver speeches. As you’ve probably heard by now, Trump attempted to quote a verse from Second Corinthians 3:17 and mistakenly said “Two Corinthians” — a gaffe that went viral on social media and national news networks within a matter of hours. Naturally, a lot of folks blasted him for this “error,” but the criticism really isn’t fair since Trump obviously doesn’t know much of anything about Scripture anyway (For crying out loud, the man can’t even name a single book in the Bible.) How can anyone expect him to know the proper pronunciation? Besides, his use of “Two Corinthians" is actually common in some Christian circles and, as one writer pointed out, supposedly aligns with the British-English reference to the Epistle — which would make sense considering that Trump’s mother is Scottish. Either way, these critics are missing the bigger point: Donald Trump is not a Christian or a conservative in any way, shape or form.
You see, Trump’s appeal is that he’s “politically incorrect” and says whatever the crap he wants about whatever he wants and whenever he wants. He bashes Democrats and Republicans alike, claiming that the GOP establishment in Washington has failed the American people (which is true) and that as president he would “make America great again.” Granted, that’s a nice campaign slogan and it looks good plastered on hats and bumper stickers, but frankly it’s just as empty as Obama’s “Change We Can Believe In.” There is nothing, absolutely nothing, in Trump’s history to support his claim to conservatism or any proof that he would make this nation great. In fact, everything points to exactly the opposite. After months and months of putting up with this man’s phony brand of conservatism and his faux “Christianity,” I feel compelled to write what I can only hope will be my last attempt to talk some sense into anyone who thinks that he should be president.
To Christian Trump supporters: I would challenge you to do two things: read up on Trump’s past and carefully observe his language and behavior. This is the man who claims to be Presbyterian, but says that he never bothers asking God’s forgiveness because he feels like he doesn’t need to. He says he’s “good” and lives “a very good life.” This is the man who, up until he decided to run for president as a Republican, was pro-partial birth abortion. The same man who kicked his family to the curb twice to run off and have extramarital affairs. The same man who has two failed marriages and five children by three different women. The same man who has referred to women in the past as “fat pigs, dogs, slobs, and disgusting animals” and then turns around and claims that he “cherishes women.”
Are these really the character traits and qualities you want to see in the next Leader of the Free World? Are you really willing to overlook and excuse this godless behavior just because the guy spews “inspiring” rhetoric and catchy slogans? As Christians, we have an obligation and a responsibility to elect leaders who exhibit qualities that reflect the Judeo-Christian values upon which America was founded. I’m reminded of Paul’s words in 1 Corinthians 10:31 - “…whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” Wouldn’t you say that how we vote should fall under that command? Shouldn’t we try to glorify God by electing leaders who at least adhere to basic godly principles and values?
Jesus warns us to “beware of false prophets” — and those who claim to be Christians, but are really “ravenous wolves” in “sheep’s clothing” — and that we will know Christians “by their fruits.” Can you honestly point to any fruit, any evidence at all, in this man’s life that indicates he is a God-fearing Christian man?
To conservative Trump supporters: This is the same man who hired lawyers to bully and intimidate journalists who reported on the accusations that he had violated and abused his wife and on his bankruptcy. The same man who, by his own admission, bribes politicians on both sides of the political aisles, donating thousands of dollars to Democrats like Hillary Clinton, and then claims he’s just “doing business.” The same man who is pro-single payer healthcare and has been pro-gun control his whole life. The same man who praised Obama’s first year as president as “amazing” and said, “…the world is excited about Barack Obama and the new United States. Let’s keep it that way.”
I could go on and on, but let’s assume, just for the sake of argument, that Trump has indeed walked away from his leftwing past. Do you really think it would be smart to entrust the next four to eight years of America’s fate to a guy who just recently changed his mind? A guy who continues to flip-flop on nearly every issue and says whatever he needs to say to win the specific crowd he’s addressing? I think the answers to these questions are pretty clear.
America is collapsing under the tyranny of liberal progressivism and its satanic ideologies. Our nation is crippled by sin, godlessness and moral anarchy on a level we’ve never seen nor experienced before. And this will not be overcome by electing a morally-bankrupt man to the highest office in the land. (We did that last time, remember?) I think it’s time we elect an honest leader with integrity and values. Granted, no candidate is perfect by any stretch of the imagination and every human being is flawed. But, to support electing a man who clearly exhibits godlessness and practically advertises his phoniness is nonsensical and insane.
That’s why Christians and conservatives alike cannot and should not support Donald Trump. To do so is putting politics ahead of Christianity and the Gospel. It's really very simple: If you elect a godless tyrant, you'll reap tyranny. It's not rocket science. It's just truth.
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