Many evangelical Trump supporters keep using analogies about how Trump is like Pharaoh and Nebuchadnezzar and since God used these flawed leaders to accomplish His will, then we should elect Trump.
But that argument is a serious misuse of scripture.
First of all, it's a red herring. The debate is not whether God could use such a person to accomplish His will. Followers of the Bible already know the answer to that. God can, and has, used awful people for His purposes. He's used tyrants, apostates, mass murders even the devil himself to accomplish His purposes. He used strong pagan leaders like Pharaoh and Cyrus and Nebuchadnezzar to accomplish His goals, to discipline His people, to destroy Israel's enemies, to make the point that His people can trust Him to take care of them even under the worst of circumstances. more >>
We all claim to hate the "establishment." And why not? Look at the mess around us. It's obvious that the folks in charge haven't done a very good job.
But who is the establishment? The term gets tossed around a lot as an insult these days — even by some people who sure appear to be part of it.
There's a lot that can go into being a member. Education, job, philosophy, position, mindset. All matter. But attitude trumps experience. more >>
Well, I don't know why I came here tonight. I got a feeling that something ain't right. I'm so scared in case I fall off my chair and I'm wondering how I'll get down those stairs.
Clowns to the left of me, Jokers to the right, here am I stuck in the middle with you. Yes I'm stuck in the middle with you and I'm wondering what it is I should do.(Photo: Open Doors USA/File)Dr. David Curry is the President and CEO for Open Doors USA. I was in the crowd a few weeks ago when Donald Trump sat down with a group of Evangelical leaders in New York City to explain why Christian voters should cast their ballots for him. Trump was Trump; he's never anything but himself.There were few surprises, with the exception of the painful process of watching normally rational Christian leaders trying to convince themselves that Trump is "God's Man" for the presidency.Earlier in the year, before Trump had captured the nomination and when there were still a good dozen other Republican candidates in the race, I had my 18-year-old son join me at a briefing event where Donald Trump was a speaker. Afterward everyone was allowed to have their picture taken with Trump. I demurred, imagining the Donald Rumsfeld/Sadaam Hussein photo and its fallout.Instead, my son got in line and when he emerged from the picture session a few minutes later I asked him what he had said to the candidate.My son replied, "Dad, I didn't want to encourage him too much so I just stuck out my hand and said, 'Mr. Trump,' to which Trump responded, 'You look good kid, you look good.'"That exchange provides a perfect example of how Christians ought to approach Trump. He is personable, larger than life, but if you say too much you're likely to encourage him in ways he ought not to be encouraged. Much of what he says, and how he says it, is a direct affront to the way Jesus taught us to interact in the world. Related Donald Trump Pledges to Help Evangelicals in Nomination Acceptance SpeechGay PayPal Co-Founder Peter Thiel at GOP Convention: 'Fake Culture Wars' Are Distracting AmericaJames Dobson Endorses Donald Trump for President Then there's Hillary Clinton, who has had a long, painful relationship with Evangelicals. Many Evangelicals I've spoken to might well vote for Trump just so they don't have to vote for Hillary. They believe they witnessed a massive moral leap backward during the first Clinton presidency, and felt they were lied to on many occasions. While Secretary Clinton can't be held responsible for her husband's personal failings, her own recent record of less-than-forthrightness on issues like her use of a non-governmental email server while Secretary of State have raised alarm bells. My sense is that people are just tired of politics as usual and do not want to sit back while what they value is not upheld.In my view, a key deciding factor for evangelicals in this election should be how each candidate deals with the issue of Christian persecution around the world. The fact that neither one has made this a key component of their campaigns shows just how out of step they are with the serious issue of persecution and how it is affecting our national security and the cause of religious freedom around the world.To be fair, both candidates have spoken out on this issue. Clinton gave a thoughtful speech in July of 2012 that suggested she understood what Open Doors and the World Watch List data and reports have been suggesting for years: that freedom of religious expression, both here and abroad, is a key factor in protecting human rights throughout the world. Putting it another way: religious expression is the first thing to go when a region or territory is ready to tip into chaos.This can be seen in many situations around the world, most notable today in Iraq, where Christians were attacked mercilessly for a decade without any protection before ISIS finally conquered the north and redrew the boundaries of the country.Trump likewise has addressed persecution, but he has taken it in a different direction: closing borders and limiting the religious freedoms of Muslims in America. His proposed policy would effectively close the doors to all refugees, Christians, Muslims and others who are seeking asylum.Both candidates, while campaigning, have thus far been unresponsive to this growing and spreading problem.For each of the past three years, the number of Christians martyred for their faith has doubled. Millions have become refugees or internally displaced people just because they have been targeted for their faith.What will the candidates do to address this significant problem? We frankly don't know yet, but we must find out. Pay close attention to what is said about persecution, and what isn't said. Whichever way you vote, make sure this issue is primary in your mind. Without the support of Christians in the West, it is possible that the Christian faith, with all its important impacts on freedom, culture and civil society, may become extinct in the Middle East and other regions of the world.At Open Doors, we've recently launched a campaign calling on the presidential candidates to voice a specific plan of action to address the persecution to Christians and those of other minority faiths who are suffering around the world. Please sign a petition to Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton today, urging them to speak out on religious persecution.more >>
Donald Trump faced a crowd of thousands at the 2016 Republican National Convention as he accepted his party's nomination as the party's candidate running for President. In his speech, he vowed to rekindle Americanism and to put "America first." The audience clapped and cheered to what his supporters called a "great speech" but not all were impressed.
Trump mainly touched on domestic issues in his speech icing it with patriotic remarks but soon he began to single out China saying that the country was mainly the reason for the decline of the U.S. He pointed out in his speech that this was one of Clinton's administrations' huge mistakes as it supported China's entry into the World Trade Organization. He said he would stop "China's outrageous theft of intellectual property, along with their illegal product dumping, and their devastating currency manipulation." Trump has always targeted China and blamed it for U.S. economic misery.
International reactions on Trump's acceptance speech more >>
Russell Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, discusses the types of political issues that pastors should address in their congregations and which ones to avoid.
In a video posted on the website For The Church, last week, Moore addresses the question: "How political should a local pastor get with his flock?"
Christians are sometimes reluctant to engage political questions, says Moore, because they "put this artificial barrier between personal morality and social ethics in a way that the prophets, in a way that Jesus, in a way that James don't." more >>
The Republican National Convention concluded Thursday night as Donald Trump officially became the party's presidential nominee and promised to be a "champion" for America to protect the political speech of churches and other religious non-profits.
Considering the toxic political environment that has taken over the United States, the 2016 GOP Convention in Cleveland was far from a run-of-the-mill gathering of conservative political minds ending in an agreement to rally behind one candidate.
Below are eight crazy things that occurred at the 2016 Republican National Convention. (Note: this is not a complete list of all the crazy things that happened.) more >>