Trump v. Biblical Christianity

Trump Jr. tried to tweet about the Bible. It went hilariously wrong.

Dear Faithful America member,

Last Thursday, President Trump attacked Nancy Pelosi’s religion, insisting that the Speaker of the House is lying when she says her Catholic faith leads her to pray for him.

Donald Trump Jr. quickly piled on, tweeting, “Likelihood of Nancy Pelosi praying for Trump is about the same as the likelihood of Satan running around quoting the Scriptures.”

He was actually right: The odds of both are 100%. In Matthew 4 and Luke 4, Satan repeatedly quotes Scripture to tempt Jesus — a story thousands of churches across the country will read during Lent next month. This makes us ask: Has either Donald Trump ever read the Bible they both love to talk about so much?

This whole episode is simply more proof that the president’s hijacking of faith to court white evangelical voters is twisted, cynical, and downright hypocritical. And that’s precisely why Faithful America exists: To reclaim the Gospel’s rightful message of love and social justice from the oppressive hijacking of Trump and the religious right.

As Matthew and Luke show us, “running around quoting the Scriptures” to fool Christians is exactly what Satan would do — just like the false prophets of today abuse Scripture to justify Trump’s warmongering, family separation, fossil-fuel addiction, and constant racist rhetoric.

Unfortunately, Trump’s hateful agenda and his attacks on Nancy Pelosi’s faith are just a taste of what’s to come. All election long, we can expect to see the religious right peddle its toxic brand of Christian nationalism, falsely telling Americans the only sincere Christians are conservative Trump supporters. It’s up to us to prove them wrong.

Faithful America is going to spend 2020 reminding voters, reporters, and lawmakers that being pro-Jesus does not equal being pro-Trump.

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This is part of a regular update by the website ‘Faithful America’ on the activities of President Trump and his followers of the ‘Religious Right’ – whose determined agenda to appear to be the voice of authentically biblical Christianity provides a disturbingly inaccurate picture of what the Christian Faith is really all about. 

This misstep of biblical interpretation provided by the President’s son, Donald Trump Jnr., wherein he quotes the possibility of Catholic Nancy Pelosi’s motivation (biblical) to ‘pray for his father’ as being about equal to the Devil quoting the Scriptures, is hilarious!

The FACT that the Scriptures themselves give evidence of the Devil quoting the scriptures is mute testimony to the ignorance of the Presidential family of what is actually written in the Bible – a failing the Religious Right would normally attribute to anyone who does not pro-actively support Donald Trump as President!

This basic ignorance of  ‘what the Bible says’ – (the basis on which the ‘Sola Scriptura’ believers who have invested their interests in Donald Trump’s presidency are said to place their trust) – must surely, before very long, lead many Christian believers to know that the fragile platform of Trump’s Presidency (Fundamentalist Christianity) has no sound foundation. (Biblically: sand, not rock).

It may turn out to be the fragility of this foundation of Donald Trump’s hold on to the Presidency that will be his ultimate undoing. Please Lord, let it be soon, so that our world may be saved from the hubris of this flawed ‘Emperor with no clothes’.

Father Ron Smith, Christchurch, New Zealand

About kiwianglo

Retired Anglican priest, living in Christchurch, New Zealand. Ardent supporter of LGBT Community, and blogger on 'Thinking Anglicans UK' site. Theology: liberal, Anglo-Catholic & traditional. regarding each person as a unique expression of Christ, and therefore lovable.
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