Trump-loving Christians, We Need To Talk

Trump-supporting Christians, you have a serious problem.

Because you can’t support Donald Trump and his ignorant polices and claim to follow Biblical principles at the same time – at least, you can’t without a large amount of hypocrisy. And as a Christian – and I mean a church-going, Bible-reading, Jesus-loving Christian –  the amount of support my fellow Christians show the Republican party and Donald Trump absolutely shocks me.

And yes, I know – abortion. It always comes back to that, doesn’t it, Christians? But I think Jesus would be much more sorrowful about a governing body that creates an economic situation that leaves a woman feeling as though she doesn’t have a choice then a governing body that is pro-choice. I think He would be baffled that a government would feel ok about telling a woman she had to have a baby while simultaneously denying her economic stability, access to affordable health care, affordable child care, affordable college education, and support programs that would enable her to feed herself and her children.

I think He would be appalled by Christians telling a woman one thing, while denying her all the support she would need to do to fulfill that one thing.

I think His mind would be blown away.

The GOP Is NOT The Party Of Jesus

The Republican Party has long claimed to be the party of Jesus, and yet, when you look at their policies, they are the opposite. And not even just a little off-course. I mean they would be the type of policies and beliefs that would lead Jesus to overturn tables in Congress and refer to the GOP as a brood of vipers.

And yet we have a president who ran on a platform that literally promised the exact opposite of all Jesus stood for…and won. And he won with a lot of support from Christians, according to polling by Pew Research.

“While earlier in the campaign some pundits and others questioned whether the thrice-married Trump would earn the bulk of white evangelical support, fully eight-in-ten self-identified white, born-again/evangelical Christians say they voted for Trump, while just 16% voted for Clinton. Trump’s 65-percentage-point margin of victory among voters in this group – which includes self-described Protestants, as well as Catholics, Mormons and others – matched or exceeded the victory margins of George W. Bush in 2004, John McCain in 2008 and Mitt Romney in 2012.”

Come on, guys…seriously?

Biblical Verses Trump Supporters Have Forgotten

Let’s get to the heart of the matter.

As Christians, we should know our Bible. And we can assume those subjects Jesus talked most about, those things which He held nearest and dearest to his heart were those things that he focused on the most, then we know that Jesus wanted the following addressed:

Poverty. Hunger. Refugees. Injustice. Care and respect and dignity for the marginalized.

So here are 10 verses we would all do well to remember, both in our daily lives, and at the voting booth.

1) Then he looked up at his disciples and said: “Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God.” (Luke 6:20-21)

He didn’t call the poor “freeloaders.” He didn’t say they would be blessed when they got a job, or opened a savings account. He said they were blessed, right now.

2) I, the Lord, command you to do what is just and right. Protect the person who is being cheated from the one who is cheating him. Do not ill-treat or oppress foreigners, orphans, or widows; and do not kill innocent people in this holy place. (Jeremiah 22:3)

Did the Lord say to build a wall? Or to kill the children of those who commit terror? Ban people based on religion?

No. He pretty much says the opposite.

3) Rich people who see a brother or sister in need, yet close their hearts against them, cannot claim that they love God. (1 John 3:17)

That’s pretty straightforward, guys. Take a look at Trump’s budget proposal. Tell me where you find Godliness in it. (Spoiler alert: He isn’t there.)

4) Suppose there are brothers or sisters who need clothes and don’t have enough to eat. What good is there in your saying to them, “God bless you! Keep warm and eat well!” – if you don’t give them the necessities of life? (James 2:15-16)

In other words, sharing a heart-tugging meme about a hungry child in Africa on Facebook is fine and all, but it doesn’t mean much if you vote for the guy who wants to remove aid to foreign countries and take food out of the mouths of children living in poverty in our own nation.

5) Share your belongings with your needy fellow Christians, and open your homes to strangers. (Romans 12:13)

6) When he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, he went to the synagogue on the Sabbath day, as was his custom. He stood up to read, and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” (Luke 4:16-19 )

7) When a foreigner resides among you in your land, do not mistreat them. The foreigner residing among you must be treated as your native-born. Love them as yourself, for you were foreigners in Egypt. (Leviticus 19:33-34)

8) He defends the cause of the fatherless and the widow, and loves the foreigner residing among you, giving them food and clothing. And you are to love those who are foreigners, for you yourselves were foreigners in Egypt. (Deuteronomy 10:18-19)

Gee. God keeps talking about strangers and foreigners, the poor, the oppressed…and how we, as Christians and humans, should treat them. Maybe it was because He thought it central to what it means to be Christians. Really, let’s reflect for a moment what Jesus would make of Trump’s wall, his ferocious and inhumane deportation policies, and his Muslim ban.

9) Then the king will say to those at his right hand, “Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.” (Matthew 25:34-36)

When those to whom Jesus spoke expressed their bafflement, saying that they had not fed and clothed Jesus, Jesus then explained:

“Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”

How are the “least of these” treated by the Trump budget proposal, and GOP policies in general?

When In Doubt…

There are so many more examples I could use. The Bible is full of instructions on how we, as Christians, should treat the marginalized among us. But if you are having trouble keeping it all straight, if you find yourself struggling to find a reason why you shouldn’t treat poor people like dirt, why you should feed the hungry without question, why you should clothe the naked among us, why you should seek to give the cold warmth and the sick a cure, and the refugee a home, remember this:

10) For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” (Galatians 5:14)

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