What Evangelicals Need to Know About Trump
In my interview with Steve Deace, at SteveDeace.com I talked about one of Donald Trump’s all important leadership qualities: he is quintessentially political incorrect and that makes him very viable as a leader.Steve Deace and I discussed Trump’s performance at the Family Leadership Summit, a gathering of social conservatives in Ames, Iowa, back in July. Deace asked me if that event was the turning point in Trump’s campaign (Donald Trump commented that Senator John McCain was not a hero because he got caught and later walked back the comment). But as Steve Deace indicated, Trump saying he never asked God for forgiveness was the far more explosive comment.
Naturally as a Christian, his comments with regard to forgiveness were disconcerting. But as I indicated, evangelicals shouldn’t immediately dismiss Donald Trump. There is in fact a silver lining to his religious faux pas. It shows that he is in fact a genuine man.
And it shouldn’t surprise us. Most people today don’t think they are sinners. If they do, they really don’t practice it or acknowledge the need for forgiveness in their lives. And as far as the other candidates are concerned, I doubt seriously if they actually live out their religious declarations. For those of us who believe in God and faith, the fact that Trump doesn’t pander to our doctrinal standards in order to court our vote isn’t a turn off to me. In fact, it’s welcomed. It is very refreshing that he doesn’t concern himself with saying what the audience wants to hear. More importantly, Donald has publicly stated on air that Christians are being persecuted by ISIS, that Christians are being denied entry into the U.S. and that, “We have a Muslim problem.”
As an evangelical I have not been turned off by the juvenile name calling (even though I wouldn’t use trash-talk rhetoric against my opponents). I really don’t care about that or about his “arrogant” bragging–even though I believe that humility is an essential characteristic of good leadership.
The reason I believe this is because considering our place in history, and the current events that plague the world, his lack of humility isn’t the first and most essential concern. In fact, I think he has displayed considerable constraint and humility for a man who believes in his own personal genius. The fact that he has set aside, for a time, his business interests to engage in the thankless task of campaigning for the U.S. Presidency is surely a humbling endeavour.
But far more significant is that Donald Trump is exactly correct when he says that everyone’s hand wringing over his “tone” is misplaced priority. His “tone” is not the issue. With serious crime, corruption and chaos wreaking havoc in America and throughout the world; with Christians being crucified by ISIS, or Christian refugees being denied entry into America by the Obama administration, or Muslims causing chaos in Europe, or Planed Parenthood profiting on mass murder, or the U.S. Supreme court sanctioning sodomy-unions, or illegal immigrants literally getting away with murder and rape in “sanctuary” cities, those people who are concerned with Trump’s “tone” and “name calling” are frankly ridiculous.
Frankly Trump’s TONE is exactly what is needed today!
But, I do have one complaint I really wish that Trump would stop calling Obama incompetent and stupid. My advice to him would be to denounce the Usurper as a calculating despot and traitor.
That would seal it for me. What about you?
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