The Christian Case Against Donald Trump
He is unusually arrogant and prideful.
Randy Alcorn writes,
It’s difficult for me to believe anyone could read, watch and listen to Donald Trump without concluding he is unusually arrogant and prideful, well above the 90th percentile of people we know. What does God say about pride?
- Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall. (Proverbs 16:18)
- The fear of the Lord is hatred of evil. Pride and arrogance and the way of evil and perverted speech I hate. (Proverbs 8:13)
- When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with the humble is wisdom. (Proverbs 11:2)
- One’s pride will bring him low, but he who is lowly in spirit will obtain honor. (Proverbs 29:23)
- The haughty looks of man shall be brought low, and the lofty pride of men shall be humbled, and the Lord alone will be exalted in that day. (Isaiah 2:11)
When arrogance brings down a man, doesn’t it often bring down his family, business, and whatever else he has authority over? Why would we think God’s promise to bring low, disgrace, or destroy a proud man wouldn’t result in bringing low, disgracing, or destroying the country he leads?
He does not have proven character.
John Stemberger writes that he would be the first president to:
Be married three times to different women, leaving each for the next woman.
Be proud of his sexually liberalities, openly stating in his book “Think Big: Make it Happen in Business and Life” that he has had sex with with some of the “top women in the world.”
Build and own casinos, including the first American casino ever to have a strip club that allows lap dancing and an all-male revue club for women.
Regularly use the f-word in public speeches along with other obscenities so vulgar network television would be required to bleep out these words to avoid violating Federal Communications Commission rules.
State publicly that he has never asked for God’s (or anyone else’s), forgiveness and that he doesn’t forgive.
Have said about his daughter on that “if Ivanka were not my daughter, I would be dating her.”
Give America a first lady who has posed in the nude.
Use bankruptcy laws four times for failed business dealings.
Openly advocate for revenge, “as viciously and as violently as you can.”
Publicly call various women “dogs,” “fat and ugly,” “piece of a — ,” “pigs,” “bitch,” (“TrumpNation: The Art of Being The Donald,” 2005) and said you “have to treat em like sh — .”
He is a fool.
Consider the Bible’s description of a fool (put together by Jon Bloom):
The foolish look with haughty eyes (Proverbs 6:17).
The foolish engage in slander (Proverbs 10:18).
The foolish joke about their wrongdoing (Proverbs 10:23).
The foolish make great boasts (Psalm 12:3).
The foolish are stubbornly right in their own eyes (Proverbs 12:15).
The foolish are quickly annoyed by insults (Proverbs 12:16).
The foolish lash out in rash words like sword thrusts (Proverbs 12:18).
The foolish express no shame over their folly (Proverbs 13:16).
The foolish speak and act with recklessness and carelessness (Proverbs 14:16).
The foolish spew folly from their mouths (Proverbs 15:2).
The foolish despise instruction and reproofs from those who are wiser (Proverbs 15:5).
When the foolish try and speak in a dignified manner it feels artificial (Proverbs 17:7).
Rebukes just bounce off of the foolish (Proverbs 17:10).
The foolish love to boldly pronounce their opinions (Proverbs 18:2).
The foolish have repeatedly been ensnared by their words in their past (Proverbs 18:7).
The foolish are often characterized by quarreling (Proverbs 20:3).
The foolish frequently disregard wisdom (Proverbs 23:9).
When others stoop to engage the foolish according to their folly, they end up looking foolish themselves (Proverbs 26:4).
The foolish have a history of repeating their folly (Proverbs 26:11).
Those known to be wise are concerned and burdened by the words and actions of the foolish (Proverbs 27:3).
The foolish rage or mock when arguing with others (Proverbs 29:9).
The foolish love to give full vent to their spirit (Proverbs 29:11).
The foolish are quick to speak (Proverbs 29:20).
The foolish are often characterized by shouting (Ecclesiastes 9:17).
The foolish may consider themselves religious, but their unbridled tongues show that religion to be worthless (James 1:26).
He has made millions off the casino industry.
“Trump has made millions off a casino industry that, as social conservatives have rightly argued, not only exploits personal vice but destroys families.” (Russell Moore, Donald Trump Is Not the Moral Leader We Need Need)
Charisma without ethics is dangerous.
“Charismatic leaders who articulated the just grievances of the people have often risen to power on the basis of that talent alone. And those who put them in power have often paid a catastrophic price afterwards.” (Thomas Sowell, Voting at a Crossroads)
He is not a good role model for children.
“Donald Trump is an affront to basic standards of honesty, virtue and citizenship. He pollutes the atmosphere in which our children are raised.” (David Brooks, No, Not Trump, Not Ever)
He has not treated women with honor and dignity.
“His attitude toward women is that of a Bronze Age warlord. He tells us in one of his books that he revels in the fact that he gets to sleep with some of the ‘top women in the world.’ He has divorced two wives (so far) for other women.” (Russell Moore, Have Evangelicals Who Support Trump Lost Their Values?)
He is a false Christian.
He says his favorite book is the Bible. He also states,
“I am Protestant. I am Presbyterian. And I go to church and I love God and I love my church.”
But when asked if he had ever sought forgiveness from God:
“I am not sure I have. I just go on and try to do a better job from there. I don’t think so,” he said. “I think if I do something wrong, I think, I just try and make it right. I don’t bring God into that picture. I don’t. (Source)
- Dear Christian Leaders, You’re Playing a Very Dangerous Game, by Steve Deace (Conservative Review)
- Donald Trump: Do Character, Morality and Kindness Still Matter?, by Randy Alcorn (Eternal Perspective Ministries)
- How to Recognize a Foolish Leader, by Jon Bloom (Desiring God)
- 3 questions evangelicals should ask about Donald Trump, by John Stemberger (CNN)
- Why Donald Trump Threatens to Trump the Gospel, by Mark Galli (Chrisitanity Today)
- The Theology of Donald Trump, by Michael Horton (Christianity Today)
- Decency for President, by Max Lucado
- Have Evangelicals Who Support Trump Lost Their Values?, by Russell Moore (New York Times)
- Donald Trump Is Not the Moral Leader We Need Need, by Russell Moore (National Review)
- Why Evangelical Christians Should Have a Problem with Donald Trump, by Michael Brown (YouTube)
- The Sexual Politics of 2016, by David Brooks (New York Times)