Where do some Christians draw the line? Evidently at sexual assault.
Making fun of handicapped people, overweight people, immigrants, Hispanics, prisoners of war, Muslims, women, reporters, and blacks, isn’t enough to dissuade some Christians from claiming Donald Trump is the Christian candidate.
Lying 75% of the time he speaks isn’t enough to stop some Christians from supporting him.
But when he casually admits to repeated sexual assault and adultery, that’s offensive enough to offend just some Christians.
Students at the largest Christian college in the U.S. finally had enough around the time Trump admitted to a reporter that he sexually assaults women, although they said their petition of complaint wasn’t prompted by any specific Trump comment.
“Associating any politician with Christianity is damaging to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. But Donald Trump is not just any politicians. He has made his name maligning others and bragging about his sins. Not only is Donald Trump a bad candidate for president, he is actively promoting the very things that we as Christians ought to oppose,” the petition says.
For his part, Liberty President and Trump sycophant, Jerry Falwell Jr. pulled an anti-Trump article from the college newspaper while suggesting that Trump is forgiven by Jesus. Falwell doesn’t need to forgive Trump, he says, because, “blah, blah, blah, bad theology from a the president of the largest Christian college in the United States.” (I’m paraphrasing. Read his nonsense for yourself: http://www.cnn.com/2016/10/13/politics/liberty-university-jerry-falwell-jr-donald-trump/)
Note to non-Christians: Jerry Falwell Jr.’s version of Christianity is so broken it’s not Christianity.
It’s one thing to say, “I’m a Republican and I’m going to vote for the Republican.” But it’s different when the candidate is a lying bigot, or as the Huffington Post describes him:
“Editor’s note: Donald Trump regularly incites political violence and is a serial liar, rampant xenophobe, racist, misogynist and birther who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims — 1.6 billion members of an entire religion — from entering the U.S.”
Thanks to the GOP hijacking Christian voters over the issue of abortion, some Christians feel voting Republican is their only option.
And the GOP did hijack the abortion issue: Southern Baptists were pro-choice in 1973. But because Democratic President Jimmy Carter was a Southern Baptist and a Sunday School teacher, the GOP moved to split the Christian vote over abortion. If you didn’t know any of this, it’s because they succeeded.
Here’s some background info:
Some people can say, “I’m a Christian, therefore I’m going to vote for the Republican.” The GOP platform having little in common with the teaching of Jesus aside, you’re still faced with supporting a lying, philandering, bigot who’s cheated on all three of his wives.
Christians: when Donald Trump claims he will protect your religion, oppose abortion and support conservative judges, you’re being lied to. Everything he says is lies. He’s making a fool of you.
Some Christian leaders have endorsed a liar who knows nothing about Christianity while they question the faith of Clinton, a lifelong practicing Methodist.
No matter how they twist and distort reality and facts, to vote for Trump is to accept and approve of his behavior and the way he speaks and behaves.
We are baffled and saddened that so many of our fellow Americans, and fellow Christians, can approve of his behavior. There is no excuse for the inexcusable. And Trump is inexcusable.
After the election, when Trump has lost, Christian leaders who supported him will have to ask themselves what their dignity and self-respect was worth, that they gave it away so cheaply.
And Christian voters who supported him must ask themselves why they approved of and accepted this behavior in someone they supported.