As a Christian, many of these so-called “Christian conservatives” infuriate me. Often these folks seem to think talking about God and going to church makes you a follower of Christianity. The reality is, simply going to church, believing in God and knowing quotes from the Bible doesn’t necessarily make someone a Christian.
What makes someone a Christian is a belief in Jesus Christ and an attempt to live your life based on his teachings (love, hope, forgiveness, giving, acceptance).
Which is why the rise of Donald Trump has proven that these “Christian conservatives” are completely full of crap. I’m sorry, but there is nothing Christian about “The Donald.” Do these people really believe that Jesus Christ would be on the side of someone who vilifies Muslims, calls women fat pigs, belittles a war veteran, publicly attacks anyone who disagrees with him, lies constantly, mocks someone with disabilities and hoards billions of dollars for themselves? Especially someone who’s as blisteringly arrogant as Trump.
If you really believe Jesus Christ would approve of someone like that – you don’t know a damn thing about Christianity.
That’s why I found it pathetic when the chancellor of Liberty University, and son of the school’s founder, Jerry Falwell, Jr. endorsed Donald Trump for president a few weeks ago
At that time you had an actual former minister, Mike Huckabee, still a candidate in the race. You also still currently have candidates like Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio who are much more religiously affiliated than someone like Trump. Someone who is a twice divorced adulterer who bullies those who he thinks are weaker than he is. The chancellor of a supposedly “Christian university” endorsing the least Christian candidate running for president really puts on full display the hypocrisy that’s often showcased by many of these “Christian” conservatives.
But not only that, Trump is actually attracting a good chunk of the evangelical vote to his candidacy, which is how he did so well in Iowa and actually won South Carolina. Again, the adulterer who’s been divorced twice, mocks people with disabilities and calls women fat pigs is doing very well with evangelical “Christians.”
And let’s not forget about his blatant racism and bigotry. Nothing says “I’m a Christian” quite like retweeting white supremacist propaganda.
If these so-called “Christians” were true to their faith, at the very least they would be flocking to actual religious candidates like Cruz, Rubio or even Carson. Candidates that, while I disagree with them on nearly everything, at least present some sort of actual religious knowledge. Unlike Trump who probably couldn’t quote a single verse from the Bible unless he was given time to memorize one.
Yet no matter how vile he becomes, these “Christian conservatives” only seem to love him more. Which is why Trump feels confident enough to point out that he’s well aware that his supporters are mindless idiots and he know it won’t hurt him in the polls.
But in my mind, Trump’s rise puts to rest the ridiculous notion that conservatives represent Christianity. These people might go to church, they might even know a bunch of Bible verses, but there’s one thing they certainly are not – and that’s Christians who shape their lives according to the teachings of Jesus Christ.
Because if they did, Donald Trump damn sure wouldn’t be their leading candidate for president.
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