Good to have friends forwarding thoughtful pieces, like today’s, July 5th, op-ed piece in the NYTimes, The Theology of Donald Trump by Peter Wehner.
The linkage between the evangelical label and historic Christianity continues to disturb me. In this political milieu, the label’s so far to the right, for me, it’s wrong.
Quotes attributed to some evangelical leaders, including some whose books I’ve read, leave me struggling to be a person of truth and grace, to carry the burdens of brothers and sisters with whom I disagree, to Love God and my neighbor as myself.
What does Eric Metaxas mean when he says, “Trump is the last best hope of keeping America from sliding into oblivion.”
I’ve heard more than once, “this is about religious freedom.” For whom?
If some evangelical leaders wholeheartedly endorse Mr. Trump, what am I missing?
What is really at stake?
Wehner reminds readers of what Christ taught and lived. True Christianity models humility, meekness, kindness, “strength made perfect in weakness” polar opposites from power-full.
Before knowing anything of this morning’s op-ed piece, I was reading Mark 10. It’s the story of James and John sidling up to Jesus and asking,”Will you give us the highest places of honor beside you in glory?”
Like, “after you’re President can we_____?”
Jesus answered,”My way’s through the servant’s entrance.”
Not an attractive candidate for either party.
Peter Wehner closed with words from French philosopher and theologian, Jacques Ellul, “Politics is the church’s worst problem. It is her constant temptation, the occasion of her greatest disasters, the trap continually set for her by the prince of this world.”
Must history repeat itself?
Lord, have mercy.
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