Pray for? Sure. Vote for? You decide. But admire? That’s the only thing I’m interested in challenging. If you trust and treasure Jesus Christ, I do not think you should be affectionately drawn to, or even respect, the way Mr. Trump has chosen to conduct himself.
I’ll be fast, because I have three little kids, so my time is always short:
- An obsession with self-exaltation, self-justification, and self-preservation are decidedly unchristian. When Mr. Trump constantly crows about his wealth, his poll numbers, or his crowds, he is demonstrating a heart Christians should not want to emulate. True Christians set their hope on God. They trust Him to be their righteousness and rescue, their identity.
- A man who repeatedly mocks others for being “weak” is not sharing the Christian’s awe for a Creator who took the form of a slave to rescue His people. You can’t idolize human strength and understand the Cross at the same time. Christians should know, and should love, that their Savior was made weak for them, and that in turn their weakened selves are made strong solely through Him.
- Christians should not have loud or consuming cravings for wealth, and so we should not admire those who do. We should mourn for them, and pray that they would receive a far more lasting treasure.
- We are a people who have joyfully bent our knees to the King. We shouldn’t be enamored with people who glory in their pride, and don’t seem to bend their knees to anyone but themselves.* We are told by our God to submit to governing authorities, church elders/pastors, and each other. A man who would balk at submitting to anyone doesn’t deserve our praise; he deserves our pity.
There you go. I said I’d be fast. I’m not angry with the man. I’m going to pray for his soul and his heart tonight, since I wrote this tonight. But he has won the applause of many of the people who live with me in this day and place, so I wanted to take a second to advise Christians not to clap along with them, and explain why.
I’ll close with some 1 Timothy
From chapter 6:
Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.
And from chapter 5:
Give proper recognition to those widows who are really in need… The widow who is really in need and left all alone puts her hope in God and continues night and day to pray and to ask God for help.
*I say “seem to,” because to be in sin and away from Christ is to be bending your knees to Satan, whether you know it or not. Everyone is a slave to someone.