On behalf of all people who claim allegiance to Jesus Christ but support Donald Trump for president, I want to apologize to the people of the United States and to God in Heaven. God knows they won’t apologize.
I find it sufficiently embarrassing personally that those who claim, as I do, to follow Jesus could find any reason to support such a reprehensible character that an apology is in order.
Let’s make it clear: There is no common ground between Donald Trump and Jesus Christ.
It’s very simple really. Jesus preached things like love, repentance, respect, forgiveness, compassion, submission to God, peace, and self-denial. Ultimately, He lived out those ideals by laying down His life for his friends and enemies alike.
Trump’s gospel is one of fear, hatred, greed, lies, lust, vindictiveness, irreverence, impenitence, and selfishness, while casting blame and spewing abusive epithets at anyone who dares question him. Could Jesus ever have anything in common with a man who ridicules women, the disabled, ethnic minorities, and even short people?
Jesus urged us, “Deny yourself.” Has this man ever denied himself anything? If so, I’ve never heard about it. (It seems only death can deprive the Kombover King of his lecherous desires. After Princess Diana died, he bemoaned the fact that he’d never have “a shot at her”. That’s grief in Trump-world.)
Historian Ken Burns, who made a brilliant assessment of the Trump campaign in a commencement address, asked the pertinent question: “What part of Donald Trump reminds you of Jesus Christ?”
Let’s look at some of the characteristics of this man who is so popular to the “religious right”:
- He owns casinos that feature strip shows and lap dances.
- Married three times after leaving his previous wives for the next ones.
- Until a few years ago, was completely pro-choice and is still OK with abortion in some cases.
- He swears like the proverbial truck driver.
- He has no problem with same-sex marriage.
- Is hot for his own daughter.
Where is the religious right’s supposedly moral platform represented there?
Not all evangelicals have been fooled by this charlatan. Many high profile Christians have refused to get sucked in by his shenanigans. (Sadly, Franklin Graham isn’t among them. You’d think he would have learned from the way his father was used by Nixon. At least his father did learn.)
As a liberal Democrat, I have many friends, Christian and not, who are at the opposite end of the political spectrum from me. That’s fine. This is America. I respect beliefs that at least make some sense. But there is no sense to this. It’s not a liberal or conservative matter. Nor is it a Republican vs. Democratic issue. It’s common sense and human decency.
I could go on with this forever. (Just ask my friends.) This CNN.com article by a religious conservative does a better job of summing it up, though. In the meantime, please accept my apologies and don’t hold this kind of ignorance against Jesus. People have always done unfathomably heinous acts in His name. This is just the latest example.
PS: I also apologize to Rex Ryan for this previous blog post. No one deserves to be compared Trump, except maybe Hitler. (For the record, that post incorrectly predicted that American common sense would quickly doom Trump’s campaign. I overestimated the common sense and decency of the American people.)