The GOP is at it again, led by the most prominent, phoniest, Christian of them all, Donald Trump. I’m personally offended by their weaponization of God and the Bible. As a man of faith who is on a spiritual road, with still so much to learn, their promotion of hatred toward your fellow man under the guise of Christianity is appalling. The Bible prophesied this deception, in what Trump once claimed is his favorite Bible verse
2 Corinthians 11:14-15
14 And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. 15 So it is no surprise if his servants, also, disguise themselves as servants of righteousness. Their end will correspond to their deeds.
It also prophesied how easy it would be for him to attract followers to the bigotry, racism, and numerous other evils he spews forth without them questioning it
2 Timothy 4:3-4
3 For the time is coming when people will not endure sound[a] teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, 4 and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths.
He gives true Christians a bad name, and we want everyone to know that Trump and his supporters do not speak for true Christian or to paraphrase Kevin Bacon’s character in A few Good Men:
Don’t you dare lump me in with Trump, Pence, and their supporters just because they claim to worship the same God.
Do you know what being a true Christian is? It is never having to announce to the world you are Christian. Many who called themselves Christians feel the need to announce to everyone that they are Christians.
But are they?
Maybe they thought they think they are, but their actions and deeds speak louder than their words. It shows all who are willing to see who they truly are, and it is not a Christian.
A true Christian shows through their actions and deeds that they walk in the steps of the Lord Jesus Christ, that they love their fellow man, that they do not hoard material things at the expense of their fellow man when they are going through a tough time.
With true Christians, no one ever has to ask if they walk the path that Jesus has laid out because it is evident. With those who only speak the words, people have to ask because they cannot see it. No one sees faith when a little rain fell in their lives. No one sees them willingly help their fellow man in need but instead see them turn away.
So how do we deal with those who only speak of knowing the Lord but fail to walk the path the Lord would want them to. I would say we do nothing as we cannot impose true faith on someone, true faith cannot be found in everyone, and it not for us to judge them as it is written in Romans 14:1–13:
14 As for the one who is weak in faith, welcome him, but not to quarrel over opinions. 2 One person believes he may eat anything, while the weak person eats only vegetables. 3 Let not the one who eats despise the one who abstains, and let not the one who abstains pass judgment on the one who eats, for God has welcomed him. 4 Who are you to pass judgment on the servant of another? It is before his own master1 that he stands or falls. And he will be upheld, for the Lord is able to make him stand. 5 One person esteems one day as better than another, while another esteems all days alike. Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind. 6 The one who observes the day, observes it in honor of the Lord. The one who eats, eats in honor of the Lord, since she gives thanks to God, while the one who abstains, abstains in honor of the Lord and gives thanks to God. 7 For none of us lives to himself, and none of us dies to himself. 8 For if we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord. So then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s. 9 For to this end Christ died and lived again, that he might be Lord both of the dead and of the living. 10 Why do you pass judgment on your brother? Or you, why do you despise your brother? For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God; 11 for it is written, As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess2 to God.” 12 So then each of us will give an account of himself to God. Do Not Cause Another to Stumble 13 Therefore let us not pass judgment on one another any longer, but rather decide never to put a stumbling block or hindrance in the way of a brother.
So let us go forward as true Christians walking the path as shining examples to others of what the Lord would want us all to be. For it is through our actions, not words, that we show others the true way to spirituality, and in our actions, others may follow.
Do you know who is the most excited about this time of year?
Satan, that’s who!
You see, Satan loves all the happiness and joy being had by so many. It is precisely that joy that brings sadness to the hearts of so many others. Individuals who have lost a loved one. Those who are dealing with health or family issues. People struggling with housing or financial hardship or just those who truly have no one to share the holidays with. For them, the holidays can be a time of sadness and loneness, and that’s the window of opportunity Satan sees as a chance to break their faith. But as Christians, we are warriors for Christ, and we can help keep old Satan at bay. Try being extra nice to those around us, friends, and strangers. Smile at a stranger. Take a day and volunteer at a homeless shelter. Take an afternoon and spend it with an older person who has no one else to spend time with. Call up a family member or friend you haven’t spoken to in a while to see how they are doing. Do whatever you can because if you are lucky enough to know joy and happiness this holiday season by committing just one random act of kindness each day between now and Christmas, you would be amazed at just how much of an impact you may have on someone’s life.
They don’t really care about us.
This statement could be attributed to the attitudes of many so-called American “Christians.” Many of whom have decided, led by Pat Robertson, that God sent our current President to save America. The same President who rose to power by preying on the baseless fears of many and campaigning on a platform of hate, fear, and division.
A President who turns his back on the concept of global unity for a doctrine of America first, a President who appointed an Attorney General in Jeff Sessions who once said: “We are a Christian nation. We should only be accepting Christian refugees.” This is when some twenty-two million people are displaced, and the world is amid the worst refugee crisis since the Second World War. Almost a quarter are refugees from Syrians. Yet each iteration of Trump’s travel ban has sought to block travelers trying to enter the U.S. from Syria and to restrict refugee admissions from the country. In a country whose people are so devastated, Secretary of Defense James Mattis said in May of 2018, “I’ve seen refugees from Asia to Europe, Kosovo to Africa. I’ve never seen refugees as traumatized as coming out of Syria.”
A President who has submitted proposed budgets that hits the poorest Americans the hardest, slashing billions of dollars in food stamps, health insurance, and federal housing subsidies. A budget that would gut the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, better known as food stamps, by $17.2 billion in 2019 — equivalent to 22 percent of the program’s total cost last year, calls for cuts of more than $213.5 billion over the next decade, a reduction of nearly 30 percent, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.
A President whose policies are applauded by many of his “Christian” supporters as Making America Great Again.
But Matthew 25:41-46 is clear in saying:
Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry, and you gave me no food, I was thirsty, and you gave me no drink, I was a stranger, and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison, and you did not visit me.’ Then they also will answer, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to you?’ Then he will answer them, saying, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’ And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.
This is a resounding answer to the question, “Am I my brother’s keeper?” (Genesis 4:9). The person who helps those in need will inherit the kingdom. The person who fails to do so will be relegated to fiery punishment.
It has always been easy to say to the world I am a Christian. It is not so easy to live your life as a follower of Christ and his teachings.
Are you ready to show through your actions that you can love thy neighbor as thyself” (Matthew 22:39)?
Are you ready to show through your actions that you can feed the hungry, clothe the needy, visit the sick? (Matthew 25)?
Are you ready to show through your actions that you are ready to love your enemies (Luke 6:27)?
Sadly, for many of those who love to brag, America is a Christian country founded on Christianity’s principles; it seems want their religion to be is easy and simple. A religion that affords them a comfortable living with no room for outsiders unless they immediately become like them.
The time has come to choose. Are you a person who simply gives lip service to the teachings of Jesus?
A man who gave his life willingly as he said:
“The Father loves me because I sacrifice my life so I may take it back again. No one can take my life from me. I sacrifice it voluntarily. For I have the authority to lay it down when I want to and to take it up again. For this is what my Father has commanded.” John 10:17-18 NLT
A man who died willing for our sins, to save us and purchase us from death.
Or are you a person who chooses to follow a President that many have turned into a false god?
A President who preaches hate and division.
If you indeed are a follower of the Lord, it shouldn’t be a hard question at all to answer.
Because as a follower of Christ, the world should be saying:
They really do care about us.