Donald Trump is on a roll.
I want to vomit onto my laptop as I type those words, but, sadly, it’s a true statement. Yesterday, the bombastic reality-TV star billionaire swept through several states and has dominated in the South — the so-called “Bible Belt” — wrapping it all out with a win in North Carolina late last night. Unfortunately, Trump is not solely responsible for the success of his grotesque warpath crusade. Indeed, he couldn’t have pulled off so many wins in the South without the help of at least a large portion of the “evangelical” demographic. Yes, for all of the “conservative" pundits who have betrayed us in their effort to adhere to Trump’s cult of personality, there are just as many, if not more, Christian voters and leaders who pledged their allegiance to a man who has done nothing but make a mockery of Christianity, God and the Bible. I won’t pretend to understand their motives. Maybe they’re so enamored with his politically-incorrect style that they’re willing to overlook his immoral and disgusting behavior. Maybe they’re trying to be popular in their social circles. Maybe they’ve been promised a spot in his administration. Maybe they’re naive enough to believe Trump when he says that he’s a Christian. Or maybe they just don’t give a crap. I honestly have no idea. Nor do I care. All I care about is the truth. And the truth is that any “Evangelical” who supports Donald Trump is not an Evangelical at all.
Now, to be clear: I’m not saying you aren’t a Christian if you support Donald Trump. Sadly, many true believers have been duped by this godless charlatan and will ultimately end up voting for him should he become the nominee. Not only have they fallen for him, but many have attached themselves to Trump like fleas on a mangy dog. Maybe they once believed in practicing their Christian principles, but when it came time to put those principles to the test, they chose celebrity obsession over biblical truth. They folded like cheap tents. This doesn’t mean they’re going to burn in Hell for eternity, but it does mean they’ve betrayed their faith and sold out to a movement that is hijacking conservatism and giving Christianity a bad name. I’ll continue to pray for them and I would encourage you to do the same.
Anyway, if you’ve been paying attention to this ridiculous circus act that we’ve all decided to refer to as a “presidential election cycle,” then you’ve probably heard the term “evangelical voter” about 87,496 times now. Of course, no one in the media actually has a clue what the term means, much less how to measure the voting habits of this phantom demographic. The word is all but meaningless, particularly since “evangelicalism” has nothing to do with politics, at least not historically. But, that hasn’t stopped news outlets from writing dramatic headlines like “Candidates must win evangelicals in Iowa” or “Evangelicals will determine outcome of the election.” These sort of titles might capture our attention, but the problem is that the mainstream media has completely misunderstood and misinterpreted the very definition of the word.
So, what exactly is an evangelical? Or, more specifically, evangelicalism? The term is derived from the Greek word euangelion (Greek being the language of the New Testament) meaning “the good news” — the Gospel of Jesus Christ. So, in this sense, “evangelical” as an adjective or pronoun refers to any person, organization or church dedicated to preaching the Gospel of Jesus and adhering to Scriptural truth. Martin Luther first started using the term back in the 1500’s as a way of describing the Protestant churches that sought to emerge from the tenets of Roman Catholicism during the Protestant Reformation. In theory, an evangelical church was designed to be one founded on the authority of the Gospel, not on submission to the leadership of the Roman Church. Today, evangelicalism still essentially represents the same thing: churches and Christians who stand on the timeless, unshakeable truths of the Gospel of Jesus and commit to spreading the “Good News” around the world. By its very definition, the evangelical movement should be one comprised of Christians (of varying denominations) who are actively living out their Bible-based faith. Pretty simple, right?
This brings me back to “evangelical” Trump supporters, who have rallied around a godless authoritarian tyrant and — whether they’ll admit it or not — have betrayed the very teachings of Jesus Himself. These folks might be Christians — indeed many of them may very well be my brothers and sisters in Christ — but they are not evangelicals. They aren’t putting their Scriptural beliefs into practice within the context of this election cycle.
It should be extremely obvious and irrefutable that, as God-worshipping, God-fearing folks, we should be voting for God-fearing leaders. We can’t vote for a man who worships himself over God. That’s all that there is to Donald Trump. He doesn’t believe in God. Trump believes he is God. He sees himself as the god of his own little universe and, as far as he’s concerned, we’re all just pathetic pawns in his psychotic game. John Adams once said: “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” It should really go without saying that if our Founding Fathers believed that the governed citizens should be ‘moral and religious,’ then our leaders — those who govern us — ought to be moral and religious as well. But, if our nation is to be led by godly and moral men, we must elect godly and moral men. We must vote in accordance with our Christian faith. To do anything else would be a betrayal of that faith. To do anything else would be un-evangelical.
Donald Trump has made it abundantly clear that he isn’t a Christian by any stretch of the imagination. I won’t spend time rehashing the specifics here, as I’ve mentioned them multiple times in previous posts. Perhaps the most obvious indicator, though, was when he said he doesn’t believe in asking God for forgiveness because he’s a “good person” and “lives a good life.” If Trump had even the slightest understanding of Christianity and the basic truths of salvation, he wouldn’t have made that statement. (Or any of these statements.)
Any true Christian Evangelical who is serious about his faith could not possibly vote for a man who has become his own golden calf; a man who believes he’s the center of the universe and everyone must bend to his every whim or suffer the consequences.
If you’re going to consider yourself to be a Christian “evangelical voter” in this election cycle, start by adhering to 1 Corinthians 10:31 - “…Whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” How we vote, and who we vote for, should without a doubt fall under this command. Vote in such a way that brings honor and glory to God and in a way that reflects your Christian faith. Ask yourself: Would God be pleased with this decision I am about to make? Does this leader reflect and exhibit the basic tenets of morality and _the biblical traits of leadership?
But, if you’re a Christian who has decided to vote based solely on celebrity appeal and have immersed yourself in the personality cult of a reality-TV-star-adulterer-billionare, you’re not an evangelical voter. You’re just a fraud.
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