I recently received an email from the American Renewal Project with the headline “The Church of Donald Trump.” Among other things, it celebrated the emergence of what it terms “Trump’s most reliable mouthpiece” … Christian TV.” Over the signature of David Lane, it invites the reader to:
Imagine God creating a paradigm shift in America where CBN, TBN, and Daystar become the dominant mainstream in television programming. Newt Gingrich, Mike Huckabee, Shannon Bream, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Ainsley Earhardt, Kellyanne Conway, Tucker Carlson, Todd Starnes, David Brody, Lauren Green, Megan Alexander, and other proficient leaders (empowered with a Christian worldview) become household names and opinion leaders; thus impacting public opinion.
As a Roman Catholic, I have spent a good deal of time in the political arena battling, side by side with evangelical Christians, to uphold America’s God-revering Declaration creed. Therefore, I gratefully accepted Mr. Lanes’ invitation to contemplate a (hopefully near) future when God once again blesses America with such media outlets dedicated to such boldly outspoken Christian witness. It might indeed be a renewal of America’s political understanding.
But I pray that no one would be able to mistake it for the “Church of Donald Trump,” or any other merely human leader. People who call themselves by the name of Christ are bound to worship in the house of no leader but Jesus Christ. Otherwise, they take the name of the Lord their God in vain. Since they identify their only way of life with Christ, they would not advertise their place of worship under any brand name that might be mistaken to give worth to human wealth, power and self-willed greatness.
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As harbinger of what he calls “a paradigm shift in America,” Mr. Lane cites people well known for their practice and defense of religious freedom in the political arena. I do not mean to question their championship of the God-endowed unalienable right to life, including family life, bequeathed to all humanity, according to God’s will. Given their good repute, in this respect, it makes no sense to confuse matters with a headline that might lead people to misconstrue the Christ nourished understanding they offer as if it were food offered to a persona fabricated, as it were, by human hands, and lifted up by human choice and will.
At the very least this may encourage the perception of confused “double-mindedness” that already plagues the witness of all too many public figures prominently identified as representative members of the body of Christ. I recall, for instance, that Cardinal Dolan—whom Mr. Lane mentions—was plagued by such misunderstanding some years ago, when he was asked, on Meet the Press, how he viewed “football player Michael Sam, who recently came out as an open homosexual…” Archbishop Dolan replied:
Good for him. I would have no– no sense of judgment on him. God bless ya. I don’t think– look, the same– the same Bible that tells us that– that– teaches us well about the virtues of chastity and– and the virtue of fidelity and marriage also tells us not to judge people. So, I would say, “Bravo.”
Of course, in some quarters this was construed as confirmation that the Catholic Church has changed its teaching about the sinful nature of homosexual practices. Not long afterward, a statement issue from Cardinal Dolan’s office had to correct that mistaken impression. Now, President Trump’s administration has so far steadfastly sought to overturn President Obama’s policy of accepting transgendered people into the military. This has somewhat distracted from the fact that, in the wake of the SCOTUS anti-Constitutional Obergefell decision, the Trump administration has also, inconsistently, accepted military service by openly practicing homosexuals as a fait accompli. This is in line with candidate Trump’s reaction to the decision, of which he inaccurately asserted that “It’s law…It was settled in the Supreme Court. I mean it’s done.”
No decision of the U.S. Supreme Court simply stands as law. The Constitution vests lawmaking power in the U.S. Congress, not the SCOTUS. Moreover, the Constitution’s 9th Amendment plainly states that “the enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.” Thus, all branches of the U.S. government are forbidden “to deny or disparage” God-endowed unalienable right of the people strictly to uphold marriage as the union of male and female, brought to fruition, in the child produced by their fleshly union.
The SCOTUS, therefore, has no constitutional authority to construct some “right” of homosexuals to law enforced marriage. If the public’s right to respect the institution of marriage, as God ordains it, can be denied by judicial fiat, what of the natural parental obligations and concomitant authority that are the basic premise for the unalienable rights of natural family life? People unwilling to disrespect those rights are already being punished for it, by judges and justices hell-bent on vesting the anti-Constitution illogic of the Obergefell decision with the force of law.
But if suppression of respect for God-endowed natural family rights can be enforced as law, what becomes of the parents’ right to seek, by all lawful means, to preserve their children’s lives, as Alfie Evans parents sought to do? What becomes of the medical practitioner’s right to refrain from participating in the murder of nascent children by abortion? What becomes of the hospital’s right to refuse to host or refer people to the houses of ill repute that practice it? Indeed, once the Constitutional prohibition against denying the antecedent, God-endowed unalienable rights of the people has been discarded, the suppression of any and all such rights—including the natural right to keep and bear such arms as are required to defend them—will face no limit at all. Not, that is, until the American people remember that “it is their right, it is their duty” to alter or abolish such totalitarian dictatorship.
Will we be taught to remember this duty in “The Church of Donald Trump,” which, apparently, has quietly, abandoned all thought of it, in its administration of the armed forces of the United States? Soldiers taught to obey the anti-Constitutional edicts of judges and justices are also being taught readily to obey the Commander-in-Chief when he orders their enforcement. Not so, those who congregate, albeit only by twos and threes, to take their instruction from the mind of Christ. He is the living and Eternal Word of God, still taught and teaching in the midst of them. He teaches them to “seek first the Kingdom of God and His justice.” He teaches them that Caesar, too, belongs to God.
Firmly resolved to worship in no other congregation, Christians who pray to God for President Trump may yet find that, by the Grace of God in Christ, President Trump’s mind will truly be converted to the premise of God’s transcendent authority, on which the survival of our national liberty depends. Thus worshipping in Christ the only true way of life, which we seek to extend it to our country. Let us pray, that God may help us to save our nation, our President, and the true liberty whose blessings we are supposed to pass on to our posterity.
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