I have long wondered why people who call themselves Christians, also support Donald Trump. I’ve decided to examine Mr. Trump, using traditional Christian measures; The seven deadly sins, The Ten Commandments, and the Beatitudes.
The first one is easy. The seven deadly sins are; Pride, Greed, Wrath, Envy, Lust, Gluttony and Sloth. Are there any of these that don’t perfectly describe Donald Trump?
I must mention also that I am guilty of each of these sins. They are universal to being human. Though, I think what’s impressive here is the degree to which Donald has transgressed. We must judge more carefully people in a role that could potentially destroy the world.
On a side note; I am not fit for elected office either. Don’t ever vote for me.
The next scale often assigned to religious scrutiny are the Ten Commandments. The big problem is that the Ten Commandments predate Christ, and there are many variations and translations. We are lucky though because when asked about the commandments, Jesus responded that there are two essential ones.
You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.
You shall love your neighbor as yourself.
The first is an internal one and not subject to human judgment. The second is easier to scope. Has Donald Trump ever done anything for his neighbor over himself? I could find no example.
The final, and one that is too often ignored in Christianity, are the Beatitudes. “Blessed are the peacemakers, etc.” Rather than laying out rules, Jesus gave moral examples to strive for. Each of the Apostles gives a variation of the same basic ideas, but Luke adds the four woes which mention negative traits, which seem most appropriate to my purpose.
But woe to you who are rich,
for you have already received your comfort.
Woe to you who are well fed now,
for you will go hungry.
Woe to you who laugh now,
for you will mourn and weep.
Woe to you when everyone speaks well of you,
for that is how their ancestors treated the false prophets.
Or as some would say, “Karma is a bitch.”
I especially like the false prophet reference. What bothers me the most is the idea some hold that Trump was chosen by God to lead America. That’s scary cult-level stuff.
So using these measures I can only find that Donald Trump is not a good Christian. That only matters because people try to represent him as a good Christian. Donald himself has no responsibility for this. In America you can be any kind of asshole you want. The people that bother me are the ones who imagine him to be something he is not. Their votes could destroy the world. That’s what bothers me.