Letter by Rev. James Harrison Nixon
I cannot hold my tongue anymore when it comes to the obsession that seems to be going on for Donald Trump. We are seeing American idolatry at its finest, and this is a danger to our Christian faith. Donald Trump has shown no clear presentation to be compared to King David as Jerry Falwell Jr has stated and considering that Jesus came from the bloodline of David that alone is borderline blasphemy. Joel Olsteen made the claim of Trump being good of heart yet Trump demanded that attendees punch protestors in the mouth. Jesus had protestors during his time, he was even doubted in by his home village.
and coming to his hometown he taught them in their synagogue, so that they were astonished, and said, “Where did this man get this wisdom and these mighty works? Is not this the carpenter’s son? Is not his mother called Mary? And are not his brothers James and Joseph and Simon and Judas? And are not all his sisters with us? Where then did this man get all these things?” And they took offense at him. But Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his hometown and in his own household.” And he did not do many mighty works there, because of their unbelief.
(Matthew 13:54-58 ESV)
How can any Christian justify the actions and words of Donald J. Trump? The answer is clear, and that is you cannot unless you yourself carry a distorted view of the Gospel. We can break down a simple commandment that Jesus had for us and that was with one action and that was Love. Love one another, Love your neighbor, and Love your enemy. We do not see Jesus say punch the doubter in the face, no we see him say: “Even the dust of your town that clings to our feet we wipe off against you….” (Luke 10:11 ESV). This is not a violent attack against those that oppose Jesus. Jesus spent many times communicating with those that shared different views than him, and he showed respect towards those that opposed him. Paul did this as well and we are even given words of advice for sharing the knowledge and words of the Gospel as well with agape compassion or true love:
Having purified your souls by your obedience to the truth for a sincere brotherly love, love one another earnestly from a pure heart,
(1 Peter 1:22 ESV)
Keep your conduct among the Gentiles honorable, so that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day of visitation.
(1 Peter 2:12 ESV)
but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect, (1 Peter 3:15 ESV)
For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love.
(2 Peter 1:5-7 ESV)
Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.
(Ephesians 4:29 ESV)
Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.
(Ephesians 4:32 ESV)
The aim of our charge is love that issues from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.
(1 Timothy 1:5 ESV)
Whoever says he is in the light and hates his brother is still in darkness. Whoever loves his brother abides in the light, and in him there is no cause for stumbling. But whoever hates his brother is in the darkness and walks in the darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes.
(1 John 2:9-11 ESV)
Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.
(1 John 4:7-8 ESV)
If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen. And this commandment we have from him: whoever loves God must also love his brother.
(1 John 4:20-21 ESV)
After those ten verses I hope that you can start drawing a clearer picture of what we are supposed to being doing as a Christian. We look towards the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19-20) lays out what we are to do as Christians and that is to go forth and make disciples of the nations. Using hate will never make disciples but continue to drive a wedge between the Christians and the non-believers. Donald Trump is not just a danger to the integrity of the United States but due to the celebrity evangelicals coming to his side he is becoming a danger to the Christian faith. I would like to remind everyone of the following bible verse written by Paul:
Or do you not know that he who is joined to a prostitute becomes one body with her? For, as it is written, “The two will become one flesh.”
(1 Corinthians 6:16 ESV)
The political cycle is something that the church has no real business in, we should have no true focus on or preach about. If you as a minister want to endorse a candidate that is your personal opinion and should not incorporate Christ Jesus. You cross a line into Ideology and blasphemy when it comes to this issue. At a time when there is an isolation becoming of Christian values as is we do not need the hate that is spewing from the mouth of Trump further damaging our faith. Trump is no different than an extremist Islamic leader falsely parading around his image of a religion around. We as Christians are to be leaders and ambassadors for God here on this earth, we are the vessels of the Holy Spirit. We should not be tolerant of the actions of Trump, we should be ignoring and condemning the actions Trump has taken especially in the violence that he has commanded in the removal of those that choose to protest him.
Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.
(2 Corinthians 5:20 ESV)