An Open Letter to Donald Trump from a Christian Pastor
By Pastor Paul K. Blair – BarbWire guest contributor
Along with the rest of Middle America, I cheer when you repeatedly foil the attacks by the mainstream media. I, too, enjoy your ability to defy political correctness and speak plainly. I also am most appreciative of your endorsement of our Protect Life and Marriage effort in Oklahoma. (www.protectlifeandmarriage.com)
Considering it is possible that you might be elected President, I must at least attempt to reach out to you along the lines of the prophet Jeremiah to Zedekiah, the king of Israel. Jeremiah spoke the truth frankly, even to his own peril, with hopes that leadership would consider the Word of God.
Unfortunately, a man with your success and influence will have too many people, even recognized Christian leaders, fawn over your celebrity and wealth rather than loving you and this country enough to share plain Godly counsel. Please allow me the opportunity to correct our sin.
First, whether or not you are a Christian is not the determining factor for much of America when choosing a Presidential candidate. However, a person’s personal decision to become a follower of Jesus, or not, is of utmost importance for that individual.
Being a Christian is not a club to join or a checklist of things to do. Christianity is not being a member of the Presbyterian denomination or owning a Bible with which you hold many wonderful childhood memories.
Christianity, if it is true, is of the utmost importance. If it is not true, then it is of no importance. Of all recognized religious leaders throughout world history, only Jesus claimed to be God and then promised to prove that He was God in that He rose from the dead just as He’d promised.
God stepped into His creation as a human being in order to give His life as a substitute and a sacrifice to pay the debt for sin every one of His creation owes. The Bible says, “For ALL have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” The Bible says, “There are NONE righteous.” The Bible says, “God demonstrated His love toward us in that even though we were sinners, Christ died for us.”
He died for our sins and rose again for our justification proving that our sin debt was paid in full and He was who He claimed to be. Forgiveness and heaven is available to everyone, but Jesus won’t force anyone to go to Heaven. We have the freedom to choose. The name “Christian” means “follower of Christ.” In order to become a Christian, the Bible says you must accept Jesus’ gift to you to pay for your sins by bending your knee to Him, asking Him to forgive you and surrendering the leadership of your life to Him as Lord (Hence, a follower of Christ). The Bible says, “Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
What does it profit a man if he should be worth ten billion dollars and become the leader of the free world, but lose his own soul? I am sorry that you have met so many recognized evangelical Christian leaders who have not cared enough to share this truth with you.
Second, you have identified a major problem with our country – “stupid people in government.” However, your proposed solution was “smarter people in government.” Although intelligence would certainly be an improvement, the actual correct answer is that we need the limited and divided government that the Framers gave us in the Constitution. The concentration of power into one head has never worked well for the people at any point in history. By definition, that is tyranny.
In 1787, thirteen sovereign states created a “more perfect union.” The thirteen states created a central government to care for the common defense and the general welfare of all. The creators not only designed this government (three branches) and assigned the responsibilities of each branch, but then they delegated only a few legal powers to this new central government enumerated in Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution.
In a nutshell, if something involves the daily lives of the citizens, that business is left up to the states. If it concerns national security, it is the business of the Federal government. The reason we are bankrupt is the Federal government has assumed unlimited powers to which it legally has no right.
During the administration of our first five Presidents, the Founding Era Presidents, over a combined period of 36 years, those five men only issued a combined 10 vetoes and 15 executive orders. According to the Constitution, the Federal government has very limited powers (Read Federalist Paper #45 and Article 1, Section 8 of the US Constitution). Those limited powers are not invested with a Supreme Leader, but with the Congress representing the people and the states. Congress has the sole and exclusive power to make laws (and only within the Article 1, Section 8 parameters). The job of the President is to carry out the will of the people as enacted through Congress.
I am concerned with your strategy. I agree with your promise to end Obama’s illegal executive orders, but I would caution you about replacing them with Executive Orders of your own. That would create the precedent of an “imperial president” to rule the masses in four year segments with each one assuming more and more power until we soon had a Napoleon or a Caesar that simply refused to leave office.
George Washington was a statesman. After eight years, he shocked the world by relinquishing his position as the President. We need that kind of man now. According to the Bible, the standard for leadership was given in Exodus 18:21. Choose out from among you capable men, who have a reverential trust and awe of God, loves the truth and hates covetousness.
Mr. Trump, I hope that you accept this letter in the humble spirit in which it was intended. I hope that you will reflect upon its content and evaluate yourself in light of God’s Word. You can’t make America great again, but with a humble, servant leader as the President, America can become great again.
Paul K. Blair, Pastor
Paul Blair was raised in Edmond, Oklahoma, and was a three year starter at offensive tackle for Oklahoma State University. After college, he was a Fourth Round Draft Pick of the National Football League’s Chicago Bears in 1986; he was one of only three rookies to make the team of the defending World Champion Bears. He spent five years in the NFL, and retired after the 1990 season due to a fourth and final knee injury. As Founder and Chairman of Reclaiming Oklahoma For Christ, and current Chairman of Reclaiming America For Christ, this Patriot Pastor’s desire is for Americans to understand their Christian heritage.
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