The Stance of Black Christians vs. Donald Trump
I don’t speak for all Christians in this article, and I surely don’t write this in support of the president. I believe everyone is entitled to love God the best way they know how. However, I would like to give context on where I believe a line is to be drawn between right and wrong. And in essence, the goal of Christianity, as with many other religions, is to try your best to be right.
“Look beneath the surface so you can judge correctly.”
John 7:24 NLT
We have seen some African American social figures announce their support in hope that Donald Trump will do what is right as the president of the United States. They have met with him and heard the backlash from the angry Black community. Without the complete story, this anger is only based on opinions of speculatory stories.
“Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry.”
James 1:19 NLT
These leaders were not asking to help push Trump’s agendas, but to hear his reasoning and aim to give him some sort of guidance. On the outside looking in, all we see is meetings with the president; we don’t and we can’t hear what was said. Without the complete story, we are not tasked with making a judgment about these leaders. Maybe with some real insight to the president’s strategies, we can better prepare ourselves for the future that is to come. Did not Martin Luther King Jr. meet with the leaders of the country multiple times? There were Black people back then who thought he wasn’t invited to the cookout either. Sometimes, God actually will prepare a table for you in the presence of your enemies. http://millercenter.org/presidentialrecordings/lbj-wh6501.04-6736
Understand that there is a difference in the terms steering and excusing this president; it is a very slight, yet extremely important difference. Of course, the safest way to avoid backlash from the community is to neither offer support nor an excuse for his actions. But, for some, that is the easy way out. Consider this in making decisions about what should be boycotted: it is possible to offer guidance for Trump without agreeing with anything he says.
“Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity.”
1 Timothy 2:2 NLT
This scripture is worded very carefully because the prophet Timothy understands that everyone in authority may not have the best qualifications to rule, yet their impact is still vital to the citizens; thus they need to be covered in prayer extensively. Praying that he can find the patience and intelligence to govern this country properly might just help us all. That is a spiritual steering that needs to take place.
“Dear friend, don’t let this bad example influence you. Follow only what is good. Remember that those who do good prove that they are God’s children, and those who do evil prove that they do not know God.”
3 John 1:11 NLT
Excusing and agreeing with evil is where the line is crossed. Wrong is wrong no matter how you slice it. For most humans when they’re wrong, there is a feeling of guilt that comes before and/or after the deed is done. God has given us a conscience to guide us; it is up to us whether or not we actually choose to follow it. Donald Trump leads the exact opposite of the way God does. His xenophobic, nationalistic, unconstitutional style of dictatorship in the name of what he considers “Christianity” is far from anything Christian at all.
“Far be it from you to do such a thing — to kill the righteous with the wicked, treating the righteous and the wicked alike. Far be it from you! Will not the Judge of all the earth do right?” The LORD said, “If I find fifty righteous people in the city of Sodom, I will spare the whole place for their sake.””
Genesis 18:25–26 NIV
There is a reason why Christians don’t care for the Muslim ban and the proposed wall between Mexico. Besides what we were taught in school that this country was founded for religious freedom, the ban makes this country seem as though we’re based in hate. There are no other thriving countries with religious bans or ethnic bans, especially if they consider themselves to be the greatest country on earth. This land once known as “the melting pot” or “the land of opportunity,” now has exceptions on who can melt in and take advantage of these opportunities. This ideology does not line up constitutionally or biblically.
“If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord. On the contrary: “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”
Romans 12:18–21 NIV
Pride comes before the fall. If we as a nation are ambitious to build up our military and secure borders all for prideful purposes, we will fall and fall hard. For Christians, we have to carefully decipher where the line between wrong and right is, so that we can choose our battles wisely. With a government like we have is vital for us to continue protesting, preparing, and praying hard.
“Carefully determine what pleases the Lord. Take no part in the worthless deeds of evil and darkness; instead, expose them.”
Ephesians 5:10–11 NLT