How Can A Christian Support Trump?

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Can anyone explain how it is possible for a Christian even to consider voting for Donald Trump?

Let's start with the plain fact that Mr. Trump is a proud practitioner of five of the Seven Deadly Sins:


1. Pride (an excessive view of one's self without regard for others). Trump is a textbook case of the most extreme version of this sin.

2. Wrath (uncontrollable feelings of anger and hate towards another person or group). Again, almost his entire campaign has been a steady stream of wrath.

3. Greed or Avarice (an excessive pursuit of material possessions). Trump's whole career has been a full-blown exhibit of this sin. He openly brags about his greed.

4. Lust (an uncontrollable passion or longing, especially for sexual desires). He has been married three times, repeatedly boasted about the affairs he was having with other women during his first two marriages, sees women as sexual objects, and even expressed lust for his own daughter.

5. Envy (the desire to have an item or experience that someone else possesses). Again, Trump is constantly expressing this sin.

Now let us compare what Jesus and his early followers instructed with what Trump says and does (there is space here only for a very abbreviated list):

Jesus: "Everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but he who humbles himself will be exalted. (Luke 18:14)
Trump: "I'm, like, a really smart person." "The beauty of me is that I'm very rich." "I have a very good brain and I've said a lot of things." "I have the world's greatest memory." "My IQ is one of the highest." He builds monuments to himself with his name emblazoned on them. He sits on gold thrones in his palatial homes.
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Christians are instructed by James: "Let every man be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger, for the anger of man does not work the righteousness of God." (James 1:19-20)
Trump angrily screams and curses on a daily basis, at the slightest provocation (or no provocation at all). He has shown himself innumerable times to refuse to listen to others and to "shoot from the lip."
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Jesus: "Blessed are the meek ... (Matt 5:5)
Trump: His entire life has been the exact opposite of "meek."
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Jesus: "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God." Matt: 5:9)
Trump: "Bomb the shit out of them!"
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Jesus: "I was a stranger and you welcomed me." (Matt 25:35)
Trump: "They're bringing drugs. They're bringing crime. They're rapists." "I will build a great wall ... And I will make Mexico pay for that wall!" (Anyone who believes that is a fool.)
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Jesus: "You have heard that it was said, 'An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth,' But I say to you, Do not resist one who is evil. But if anyone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also." (Matt 5:38-39)
Trump: "We have to play the game the way they're playing the game." "If [someone attacks me], I come after them times ten." "I'd like to punch him in the face." "Knock the crap out of him!"
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Jesus: "Truly, I say to you, it will be hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven." (Matt: 19:23)
Trump: "The point is, you can never be too greedy."
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Jesus: "Blessed are the poor, for yours is the kingdom of God." (Luke 6:20)
Trump: "I don't like losers."
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Jesus: "Forgive us our sins, as we also forgive everyone who sins against us." (Luke 11:4)
Trump: "I never forgive."
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Jesus: "Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me." (Matt: 25:40) Jesus had compassion for the afflicted and touched and healed a leper.
Trump: "You gotta see this guy!" Trump twisted his arm into a crooked pose and made a contorted face, mocking a man afflicted with a disease that limits the mobility of his limbs. If this alone is not enough to totally repulse anyone and cause him or her to vote against Trump, that person must stop claiming to be a follower of Jesus.

Indeed, it would be difficult to think of anything on which Trump is not in opposition to the teachings of Jesus. Trump is the embodiment of almost everything Jesus condemned.

He seems to have based his life on taking WWJD to mean "What Wouldn't Jesus Do?"

And, before anyone responds by accusing me of "casting the first stone," consider that there is probably no one in American political life who has cast more stones than Trump.

If you want to vote for this truly evil man, don't pretend that you are a follower of the teachings of Jesus.

{Robert S. McElvaine teaches history at Millsaps College. His most recent book is Grand Theft Jesus: The Hijacking of Religion in America.}