It is time to officially add my name to the #neverTrump campaign.
Let me first say that I write as a proud American. I appreciate my heritage and all the “good” that America represents. However, that citizenship comes second to my identity as a follower of Jesus.
I felt compelled to add my voice after watching Pastor Mark Burns preach his gospel at a rally in Bloomington, IL. My concerns about Trump aren’t new. I’ve been worried from the beginning. What concerns me now is the “christianity” that Trump promotes and the followers who buy into it. It’s dangerous.
I find it absolutely absurd that evangelical leaders such as Robert Jeffress of FBC Dallas and Jerry Falwell Jr, for example, would endorse Trump. And even more, that they continue to do so despite Trumps increasing vulgar rhetoric. Character and decency should matter for the leader of the free world. Period.
I’m increasingly becoming weary of identifying myself as an American evangelical for this reason because like it or not, this is the “christianity” that the outside world often sees as American evangelical Christianity. The way so many seem to pledge their allegiance to Trump and look to him as America’s Savior is quite disturbing. I know nothing about Pastor Mark Burns. I randomly came across this video on Youtube. Nonetheless, his passionate preach may be full of charisma, but it also represents a dangerous gospel that many Americans seem to have adopted.
I’m aware that these are Pastor Mark Burns own words and he doesn’t necessarily speak for Donald Trump but his comments in the video below definitely echo Trump and his dangerous version of American Christianity.
The gospel according to Donald Trump.
#1 The promise of safety and security.
For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it.– Jesus
#2 The promise of more green for you and the country.
For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. And some people, craving money, have wandered from the true faith and pierced themselves with many sorrows. 1 Timothy 6:10
#3 The promise of a stronger military.
The second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ No other commandment is greater than these.” – Jesus
#4 The promise to silence dissenters through threats of violence.
Never pay back evil with more evil. Do things in such a way that everyone can see you are honorable.- Romans 12:17
#5 The promise to promote fear internationally so “nobody will want to mess with us.”
God blesses those who work for peace, for they will be called the children of God. -Jesus
#6 The promise to “protect Christianity” from the White House.
I, yes I, am the LORD, and there is no other Savior.- Isa. 43:11