A Christian Nation Would Not Elect Trump

By 24 March 2016

The Bible says leaders in the church ought to be sober minded, self-controlled, loyal to their wives, respectable, honest, dignified, and not greedy or quarrelsome (1 Timothy 3). Falwell says a president or king ought not share these qualities, suggesting that our country would be better served by an out-of-control, greedy, undignified, disloyal, dishonest, shameful lout. This is the sort of unhinged reasoning that seems suddenly compelling when you’ve convinced yourself that faith ought to play no role in the non-religious parts of your life.

The truth, however, is that we’re called to be Christians everywhere: in church (if ever we accidentally stumble into one), at work, at home, on the couch, in bed, at the Post Office, etc. We are Christian in all scenarios, including and especially in the voting booth. We should act according to our Christian values in every situation, and doing so in “non-religious” circumstances does not mean we’re trying to establish some kind of 12th century theocracy.

The other cancer in Christianity that makes the faithful vulnerable to men like Trump is the pagan heresy known as the Prosperity Gospel. Every Trump fan is a Prosperity Gospel devotee to some extent, even if they aren’t familiar with the term or the particulars of the doctrine. They worship power and “strength,” they’re enamored with wealth, and they believe a man’s accumulated riches are a sign of his personal virtue.

But the Prosperity Gospel has blinded many hearts and convinced them that greed and arrogance are graces bestowed by the Holy Spirit. And now Donald Trump will reap the benefits of their blindness, before he dies in a few years and his own riches rot away. He may not believe in Heaven or Hell, but, when the time comes, he’ll be subject to judgment all the same. Perhaps he’ll try to strike one of his famous deals, but I imagine he’ll quickly learn that the Lord God does not negotiate.

And let’s not forget we will all face our own judgment as well, whether we like it or not. Maybe then we can explain to God why we chose to hand our nation over to tyranny.


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