Stop Calling Donald Trump a Christian, Because He Damn Sure Isn’t One

There are a lot of things people can say about Donald Trump, but calling him a Christian shouldn’t be one of them. Over the years I’ve grown increasingly annoyed with the phrase “Christian” being thrown around as if owning a bible or going to church makes someone an actual “Christian.” While everyone is free to call themselves whatever they like, to be a Christian means you actually have to live a life based upon the teachings of Jesus Christ. The faith is based upon a very specific person and a fairly specific set of values and guidelines one must follow in order to be considered an actual Christian.

There’s a big difference between simply believing in God and actually being a Christian. In fact, most of the religious nonsense Republicans blather on about doesn’t even come from anything remotely related to Jesus Christ or anything He said or did. The vast majority of the religious rhetoric they like to cherry pick to push their political agenda comes from the Old Testament. Issues like abortion and homosexuality are two things about which Jesus Christ never spoke.

However, do you know what Christ did condemn? Things like greed, judging others, selfishness, anger, hostility and ignorance.

While I’m not going to be as brazen as to think I can speak for what Jesus Christ might say about Trump if He were alive right now, I say without hesitation that He would find “The Donald” disgusting and appalling because there’s almost nothing “Christian” about Donald Trump.

Did I miss the part where Jesus Christ said it was okay to belittle and degrade women? Not only is Trump on his third marriage to someone who’s much younger than he is (who just happened to be a model — which I’m sure had nothing to do with it), he’s committed at least one affair and has a lengthy history of sexist comments about females.

Then last I checked, I’m not sure Jesus Christ would be too big of a fan of an egomaniac who brags about how much money he has. Not only did Christ often speak out against greed, but I’m fairly certain He’d frown upon arrogance, ego and Trump’s constant gloating about his alleged “success.” In fact, when you look at the “Seven Deadly Sins,” Trump matches up pretty well with pride, gluttony, lust, anger and greed — five of the seven.

And there’s absolutely nothing Christian about the pathetic and childish ways he calls other people names. Following him on Twitter is basically like following a spoiled, bratty 13-year-old with the vocabulary of a 7-year-old who has severe anger issues. It’s embarrassing this man-toddler has behaved this way yet still managed to become the presidential nominee for one of our nation’s two largest political parties — ironically (and hypocritically) the one that calls itself the “party of Christian values.”

Then there’s always the endless list of bigotry, racism and blatant, hateful ignorance on which he’s built his entire presidential campaign. After all, this is someone who heavily pushed the racist “birther” conspiracy theory well before starting his presidential campaign by calling most Mexican immigrants rapists and criminals.

How “Christian” of him.

Let’s also not forget that almost nothing he says is remotely true.

The bottom line is, there’s nothing Christian about a rich, dishonest, egotistical racist blowhard who degrades women, pushes hate, calls other people childish names while building an entire presidential campaign on bigotry and vilifying millions of people.

So please stop referring to this repulsive man as a “Christian,” because he damn sure isn’t one.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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  • joe sanford

    I really cannot see any difference in Trump and other religious extremist. A lie is a lie.

  • Eg Kbbs

    Just starting with a very basic tenet of Christianity – Trump says he has never done anything for which he felt the need to ask God for forgiveness. (I know it sounds flip, but I can easily come up with a long list for Trump. You’ve already mentioned the multiple marriages / divorce = adultery, etc.).

    Then while quoting the Bible and Church attendance aren’t necessarily linked to being a Christian. But the church he claimed to attend issued a letter that they never saw him. When pressed for a favorite Bible verse, it took him a week to come up with the idea of saying it was in Two Corinthians.

    When it comes to tithes and the poor, Trump (against the gospels) loudly trumpets his giving $ 50 million. Well for someone who says they are worth $ 10 billion, that is only one-half of a percent.

  • poppaDavid

    Chet, you mean like Galatians 5? Trump, isn’t a Christian by this measure. He doesn’t love. He gratifies the desires of the flesh. He is not lead by the Spirit. He practices sexual immorality, debauchery, hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, orgies, and the like. He does NOT practice love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control which are the fruits of the Spirit.

    If it isn’t too much for you to read, here are 15-26.

    15 For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” If you bite and devour each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other.

    16 So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. 17 For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever[c] you want. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.

    19 The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; 20 idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions 21 and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.

    22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.

    • noah vail

      aw, c’mon…that’s not fair…you know he can’t even look at the bible without bursting into flames, let alone read specific passages that don’t agree with his agenda (just ask those two corinthians)…those are god’s mistakes that he is here to correct…hahahaha

  • Robert W Butler

    How do you know Christians aren’t perfect like they want to make you think they are even Christians do Despicable stuff

  • Victoria Caruthers

    Trump is NOT my President!!!!! Never will I acknowledge him!!! For a myriad of [email protected]

  • Rebecca Boyd

    What I find interesting about the article is that the author has it completely wrong as well. No man can live a perfect life it is impossible; even Mother Theresa recognized this fact. As he stands in judgement of Trump that is the other thing that Christ laid out – no man is another man’s judge. So to the author I say this, please read the Bible; the Old Testament and the New, they work together, as a set. not to be separated. You will then understand that the only way to be a Christian is to die to self and accept Christ as your savior. Simple as that and then unfortunately you still mess up every single day. This is the only promise I will guarantee. I will be praying for you.

    • Ducas

      So you can play lip service your entire life committing sins and then say “I accept you Jesus” and make it into heaven? Yeesh

    • Mike Lawson

      Poor Becky, she thinks Trump is a Christian and missed the whole point. And she is gonna be praying for you! Bless her heart.

    • Floridatexan

      Buy a clue, Rebecca. Some men never learn. Trump is one of them. The Old Testament is the old law. The New Testament is supposed to be the teachings of Christ, but even that has several interpretations. Jesus would not have approved of Trump’s lying, Trump’s philandering; Trump’s greed; Trump’s cheating his employees and contractors. Hello?

    • Stephen Spencer

      Well, the Bible says a divorced person cannot go to heaven. How many times has Trump been married?

    • Dave Natale

      yes Rebecca… and in those books you were told BEWARE FALSE PROPHETS and to watch out for men who speak with forked tongue. You apparently, don’t know that THOSE should be separated from any position of power.

  • Amos Ananias Atoll

    Did I miss the part where it actually said how to become a Christian? I don’t believe the writer actually know.

    • JAM661

      While being baptized is the start it means nothing if you are not going to following the teaching of Jesus. Trump has followed none of them.

  • Laura Duncan Murphy

    One of the great things about being A Christian is that I don’t have to live up to your standards. We all progress in our walk with Jesus at different paces. Whether or not you think President Elect Trump is or not A Christian Doesn’t matter. He hasn’t been A Christian for long, and the best thing you and I can do is to pray for him. Pray that he has a relationship with Jesus, and recognizes his need for Jesus. Or is it easier to mislead those who may be on the fence for their own Christian walk. What does the Bible say?

    Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me remove the speck that is in your eye,’ when you yourself do not see the plank that is in your own eye? Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck that is in your brother’s eye.
    Luke 6:42 NKJV

    Maybe you would like to cast the first stone?

    • TNRS7

      Laura, I think you just delivered a long but interesting justification for moral inaction and cowardliness based on Christian teaching. No wonder so many so-called Christian Republicans are such worthless hypocrites.

    • Stephen Spencer

      You are a simpleton.

  • Mark Braddock

    Christ did support the old testament law concluding he was the fulfillment of, not the end of the old testament law.

  • curtisdeen

    So who gave you the right to judge? You sound like a left wing wacko!

  • Guest

    “However, do you know what Christ did condemn? Things like greed, judging others, selfishness, anger, hostility and ignorance.”
    Well, then you had better shut up.

    • JAM661

      Maybe if you read the bible then you would know.

      • Guest

        Read the part where He specifically says that He did not come here to “condemn”, He came here to save.

  • Christopher Lane

    The problem is that Christianity teaches forgiveness. Thats why its so hard to get rid of pedophile priests. Thats why some Christians still fawn over Trump. They forgive him. And thats fine. Forgive the sins against God, but you better damn sure punish for breaking the laws of man. “Give unto Ceasar that which is Ceasar’s.”

    • JAM661

      Forgiveness is important but even Jesus stated it must be sincere for it to be granted. We all make mistakes and part of being forgiven is based on learning from it and doing your very best not to do it again. If we cannot learn to forgive other then how could other forgive us. Without the concept of forgiveness we all would have killed each other off the face of the Earth by now. In fact most faith do teach forgiveness, but have different ways of dealing with it.

  • Marc

    No True Scotsman fallacy.

  • paulvalery

    If we only include those that follow the directives of their “savior”, Christianity would be considered the smallest religion on the planet.
    When was the last time you saw a “Christian” give their shirt as well to anyone that asked for their cloak? Refused to sue another Christian in court and instead just paid what was demanded? Forgoing planning, building, education, because the end of the world was coming so soon that all of it would be a giant waste of time? Just living like the lilies of the field, as directed?
    Anybody that lives like Jesus stated we should would be institutionalized within a fairly short period, if not incarcerated. But, we can’t admit that this mythical Jesus guy said a bunch of stuff that just isn’t true, can we? Instead, we need to pretend that all the lies are actually true, so that we don’t upset people who want to believe that they will live forever. Isn’t it time for our species to grow up? This kind of crap isn’t helping.

  • Guest

    Name the card and the left will pull it.