For any thoughtful person, the actions of large numbers of American “Christians” must be puzzling.
I do not speak of all Christians in America. Many can see what is happening and are asking God for His help, as I am.
But others, who are compelled by anger toward the “ruling class,” are supporting a man that offers his self-proclaimed “anti-establishment” status as a key credential in his run for the Republican presidential nomination. They are looking for an “outsider.” Someone who will bring “change.”
Our memories are short.
Eight years ago Americans did virtually the same thing. They elected as their president, an “outsider” that would “deliver” them from widespread dissatisfaction with “the establishment.” They elected as president, someone they did not know, simply because he represented change. Many Christians supported him too, though he did not stand morally for what they say they believe.
Now Americans are doing it again. There was no “lesson learned.” History seems to be repeating itself before it scarcely had “time” to become history.
We don’t know this man, either. And yet, as it was eight years ago, there is a wave following him because he represents change. But we don’t know what he will be like if he becomes our president. Or do we? The messages he is sending America and the world, don’t look good.
He claims to be a Christian, but his actions do not support this claim. Instead, they are not that far removed from the conduct of ill-omened leaders in the past. Some who lived through the events of the 1940s, have expressed concern.
Why then, are so many Americans who say they are Christians, giving their support and their vote to him, when all along there has been a valid Republican alternative?
Perhaps the answer can be found in other questions. Do Christians in America read their Bible? If they do, does what they read change anything in their lives? Does it affect the choices they make or the way they vote?
This Pied Piper so many Christians are following, is a strong leader. But the Bible warns us against someone who acts the way he does: someone whose words and actions are often more characteristic of a child on a playground than a president. Remember, he claims to be a Christian. Paul wrote in Ephesians 5, “Let no fornication, uncleanness, or greediness be named among you, as is proper for saints, nor obscenity or foolish talk or buffoonery. Let none of you be deceived with empty words, for, on account of these things the wrath of God is coming on the sons of disobedience. Therefore do not become partners with them. Prove what is pleasing to the Lord and do not participate with the useless works of darkness. Rather, expose them for what they are. Everything shedding light [upon something or someone] is light. Therefore. . . rise up, you who are sleeping; rise up from the dead and Christ will shine on you. See that you walk well: not unwise, but wise. Don’t become ignorant, but understand what the will of the Lord is.”
Our first allegiance is to Jesus Christ, and love for our fellow man, as revealed in Him.
He is risen! Let us follow His nail-pierced footprints from the place of the dead, and walk as children of light.
Update as of July 26, 2016:
I am speaking of Donald Trump in this blog, dated March 26, 2016. Some are saying he has become a Christian recently. I don’t know if this is true. But I pray it is. As the Bible teaches, with God there is nothing impossible. Jesus came to save sinners.
We also see that Donald Trump has chosen Mike Pence as his running mate, a man who is, without doubt, a born-again believer.
Please understand. If left unchecked, Obama/Clinton leadership will eventually destroy our country and our freedom as Christians to practice and speak out about our faith. God help us, through the power of His Son Jesus Christ, who sits in the highest position of authority in all the universe; whose name is above every name that is named. Please help us, King of kings and Lord of lords Jesus.
© James Unruh 2016 and beyond