Recent polls show that many Evangelicals support Donald Trump for President of the United States. Although I disagree with Tucker Carlson on some issues, he absolutely nailed why Evangelicals support him. He noted how Trump has been “on stage with pastors, looking pained as they pray over him, misidentifying key books in the New Testament, and in general doing a ludicrous imitation of a faithful Christian…He’s so obviously faking it.” With this in mind, how could Evangelicals support Trump? Carlson brilliantly added, “They know that already…Evangelicals have given up trying to elect one of their own. What they’re looking for is a bodyguard, someone to shield them from mounting (and real) threats to their freedom of speech and worship. Trump fits that role nicely, better in fact than many church-going Republicans.” Sadly, those spineless churchgoers take their cues from the pulpit. How many pastors refuse to boldly stand up for the truth because they are worried about losing their tax-exempt status, being sued or losing parishioners?
Is Mr. Trump a Christian or a moral man? Maybe, maybe not. Does he stick up for what he believes in? Absolutely, and Mr. Trump has said “We’re going to protect Christianity.” Incidentally, Carlson also pointed out that “For eight years, there was a born-again in the White House. How’d that work out for Christians, here and in Iraq?” That’s harsh, but spot on. Instead of voting for people based upon their supposed Christian convictions and morality, why not vote for them based upon what they’re likely to actually do? I mean, he’s the only candidate that seems courageous enough to stick up for the rights of Christians.
Politicians are masterful at saying one thing and doing another. That’s why the Bible says “It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man” (Psalm 118:8). Sure, it’s possible that Mr. Trump is lying about protecting Christians, but ask yourself this question: would any of the career politicians and establishment-backed puppets running for office have the courage to stand up for Christians? A simple look at the last few years answers that question. Besides, siding with Christians isn’t exactly a winning issue with most Americans these days. On top of that, Mr. Trump has plenty of money and power, which means being in the White House probably won’t corrupt him. That’s why the establishment doesn’t like him: he can’t be bought.
Of course, a certain political leader won’t turn this country around, and anyone that puts their faith in a politician to turn things around will be sorely disappointed. That said, the President of the United States can promote justice (Romans 13:1-3) and leave Christians alone to preach the Gospel (1 Timothy 2:1-4). That’s really not much to ask for, but it’s currently not happening in America. Would Donald Trump be good for this country? It’s tough to say, but if he really believes his comments about standing up for Christianity, he’s good enough for followers of Jesus.