Evangelicals, media and all Americans searching for the truth, including during Trump's "crucified" presentation at Liberty University, would be helped by listening to Billy Graham. Trump presented his biblical quote of St. Paul, the same way as revered Evangelical Reverend Billy Graham. Yet some media reports, "Trump Mistakes Biblical Citation (ABC News)," "Citing 'Two Corinthians,' Trump Struggles To Make Sale To Evangelicals (NPR)" and "Trump Bungles Bible Reference (Politico)." On Reverend Martin Luther King Day, January 18, 2016, front runner Presidential candidate Donald Trump delivered a speech at Liberty University and made front page news, firing up social media who took exception with his delivery style of biblical text while arguably ignoring the "spirit" of his message.
Trump actually said,
"We're going to protect Christianity. And I can say that-I don't have to be politically correct-we're going to protect it. And I asked Jerry (Liberty University Chancellor, Jerry Falwell Jr.) and I asked some of the folks, because I hear this is your major theme right here, but Two Corinthians- '2 Corinthians 3:17'- that's the whole ballgame. 'Where The Spirit of The Lord is, there is liberty.' And here is Liberty College-Liberty University."
Critics including Christians attacked Trump's delivery, questioning if he was a "religious" man. However, to be fair, it is notable to consider that the highly-respected and beloved "religious" Evangelical Christian Billy Graham himself supports Trump's 'biblical quoting' manner. Reverend Graham delivered a re-sounding "How To Be Born Again" message on September 20, 2010 that vindicates the presentation style of Christian CEO Trump. According to the Billy Graham Evangelical Association, Billy Graham announced, "If there is a doubt, I hope you will settle it now, because the Bible says in '2 Corinthians 6:2,' "Now is the accepted time;...[today]is the day of salvation." It is reported that Graham did not say "Second Corinthians," he said "2 Corinthians" just as Trump did; and Reverend Graham did not say "Chapter 6 and Verse 2." He simply proclaimed, "6:2," as Trump said "3:17." The truth saves Trump to campaign another day.
Baby boomers will recall the popular TV show, "Truth or Consequences." Trump seems to be a regular celebrity on the daily political reality show of the same theme. Trump is continually vilified and later vindicated after confronting issues which many people hold in their hearts but do not feel comfortable expressing for fear of mockery or consequences for uttering their values or what they believe to be "The Truth." Whether immigration, terrorism, trade, jobs, foreign policy, guns and/or mental health, Trump has become an unconventional champion for courageously confronting controversial concerns. His unfiltered straight from his heart approach makes establishment cringe but there are many people who simply appreciate honesty rather than the "cover up" or "ram it through" without regard for "we the people" approach which has too often prevailed.
When journalists research and verify Trump's expressed views or when domestic and world events like the preventable murder of Kate Steinle in San Francisco by a repeat criminal deportee from Mexico, or the preventable Paris, San Bernardino and Germany terrorist attacks by some refugees or un-vetted immigrants comes to light, Trump is ultimately vindicated throughout his Don Quixote-like campaign. The similarly mocked, controversial Don proclaims "Make America Great Again," not voicing an "Impossible Dream" but an attainable "American Dream."
Americans of every political persuasion would agree that Billy Graham is a man of "The Word." Lest one desires to be called an arrogant "Pharisee" or "judgmental"- self-righteous or sarcastic critics of Trump's biblical prowess would be wise to pay attention to Billy Graham, refrain from scorning Trump's bible quotations or be ready to wear the mantle of "hypocrite." God-fearing folks know it's not kosher to condemn based on false accusations and that kind of behavior can lead to a hotter and deadlier outcome of any battle, even for the second most powerful position in the world.
For those interested in the history of biblical texts, the written description of "The Second Epistle of St. Paul To The Corinthians" found in the Douay-Rheims Version of The Holy Bible, translated from the Latin Vulgate, first published by The English College at Douay in A.D. 1609, is held by biblical scholars to be the most accurate original translation. It validates the presentation style of both Billy Graham and Donald Trump. It states: "2 To The Corinthians" at the heading of each page of this Sacred Text. Furthermore, research illustrates the "First page of II Corinthians from a 1486 Latin Bible" (Bodleian Library), reads the original Latin heading on the top of each page as "Ad Corinthios II," illustrating that "Second Epistle" or "Second Letter," as put forth by critics of Trump's style, is not the required way to proclaim this Sacred Scripture.
As a side note, one of the greatest orators, Reverend Martin Luther King held an affinity for St. Paul in emulating his Letters. On November 4, 1956, he delivered a moving message in his "Paul's Letter to American Christians" at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama. Having personally visited this humble place of worship, one can still hear Reverend King and feel "The Spirit of The Lord" while standing in the pews.
On that Sunday, before election day, King for a dramatic moment was St. Paul proclaiming:
"You have allowed your civilization to outdistance your culture... I am propelled to write you concerning the responsibilities laid upon you to live as Christians in the midst of an unChristian world...that is what every Christian has to do...there are many Christians in America who give their ultimate allegiance to man-made systems and customs. They are afraid to be different. Their greatest concern is to be accepted socially. They live by some such principle, 'everybody is doing it, so it must be alright.' For many of you Morality is merely group consensus... the mores are accepted as the right ways...that right is discovered by taking a sort of Gallup poll of the majority opinion....I must say to you... 'Be not conformed to this world, but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind.'"
That election, sixty years ago, Americans chose to re-elect a strong unconventional leader as President, General Eisenhower. America liked Ike. Reverend King's sermon inspires independent critical thinking without surrendering to socially political correctness. Donald Trump is again saved by the truth... to win another battle.