Trumpism & Christianity

A worthless person, a wicked man, goes about with crooked speech, winks with his eyes, signals with his feet, points with his finger, with perverted heart devises evil, continually sowing discord; therefore calamity will come upon him suddenly; in a moment he will be broken beyond healing.  There are six things the Lord hates, seven that are an abomination to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that make haste to run to evil, a false witness who breathes out lies, and one who sows discord among brothers.”

                            – Proverbs 6:12-19 [ESV translation]

 

A friend reminded me of this passage of scripture.  Unfortunately, when I read this, our current leader comes to mind.  Donald Trump inarguably embodies almost all of these traits.  On a daily basis, he exhibits at least one of these through his words and actions.  Yet so many Christians support him!!  They are allowing politics to, I hate to say, “trump” their core beliefs in the name of conservatism.  Because he says he is against abortion, that seems to override all the other immoral, illegal, unconscionable things he says and does!!!  I am not trying to play “holier than thou”.  I am not trying to say that any man or woman on this planet is perfect; we all fall short in that sense.  But we demonstrate our faith through example. And also through our alliances.  Our Heavenly Father, in these passages from Proverbs, clearly tells us the seven things that he absolutely abhors.  Why do we look up to a person that demonstrates most of these characteristics?

 

God specifically calls out lying twice in the things that upset him the most – a lying tongue, and a false witness who breathes out lies.   Trump lies so much, he deservedly acquired the nickname “Liar in Chief.”  If his supporters actually examined the facts (a novel concept that doesn’t seem to matter to them), they would have to conclude he earned this title.

 

Haughty eyes – vain, arrogant, conceited, snobbish, stuck-up, pompous, self-important, superior, egotistical, supercilious, condescending, lofty, patronizing, smug, scornful, contemptuous, disdainful, overbearing, cavalier, full of oneself.  Defines Trump to a “T”.   

 

One who sows discord among brothers – also perfectly describes him.  He has made us painfully aware that he is the president to only the people that support him.  His dialogue encourages his supporters to show contempt for those who don’t swallow his rhetoric hook, line and sinker.   And yes, because of that, those in opposition of his dividing philosophy, myself included, have vehemently reacted to his tactics, which in turn, furthers this discord.   We have always had, at least, a two party political system. And we have always had at least two different opinions of how this country should be run.  But never have I seen, in my 65+ years on this earth, the fundamental division of this nation that has occurred under this presidency!!!  Once this man is out of our everyday lives, the history books are going to have a “field day” with the account of, what I pray every day will be, these four years of his “ reign.”  

 

A heart that devises wicked plans – the things that he has done to further himself are mind boggling.  The way he takes credit for things that he didn’t do.  The way he twists information to show himself in a better light.   The people he had appointed that have no idea how to do the job. The way he is trying to steal this election!!!  The sinister plan he put in play to disrupt the Post Office so mail in ballots, that he perceived would be against him, would not be handled properly.   The voter suppression that caused some people to stand in line for 11 hours just to vote early in person!  The way certain states, like Texas, are ramping-up their ways to prevent people from voting – one voting drop-off box per county – 1 county has 130 people and another, Harris County, has 5 million people (it’s the size of the state of a Vermont!).  How can that be fair???  And yet, he continues to fire up his base with giant super-spreader (Covid-19) events.  The constant bombardment about the election being rigged, even when there is no proof of widespread fraud, to cast doubt on the results if they are not favorable to him.  I just saw an ad with Don Jr. calling to people to join Trump’s army for election security operations!!  Excuse my French, but this shit is frightening!!!  I have been listening to these paramilitary groups that Trump has riled-up, and they prepared for violence.  They are convinced that Trump is going to win, and the only way he won’t is because the election is fraudulent.  How’s that for democracy???   

 

Hands that shed innocent blood – right now, people are dying because of him!  Thanks to his continued downplaying of COVID-19, many people don’t even believe this is a real disease!!!  He has vilified the legitimate media and contradicted all the scientists and medical professionals that have made the study of viral infections their life’s work.  The virus’ resurgence this fall is being ignored by the White House.  Because the true assessment of this is perceived as not making him “look good” politically, he refuses to share accurate information with the American people.  I feel sorry for those who don’t believe the facts, but I get frustrated because they aren’t doing anything to protect others.  I do everything I can to avoid contact with them.  I don’t want to contract this illness.  I have seen firsthand what it can do to a person.  Some are asymptomatic.  Some have lingering effects that can impact their overall health in the future.  Some, with no underlying health issues, have just died.  There is no way to predict how it will personally affect you or other members of your family.   Unlike your president wanted you to believe, this thing did not “magically disappear” when the weather became warmer.  A vaccine did not appear in a “couple of months” like he speculated, when vaccine development can take years to perfect.  In fact, two major pharmaceutical companies have suspended their trials, as the formulas have caused adverse reactions.   And now he’s telling us we’re “rounding the corner” on this thing, when all the factual data is showing cases, and deaths, on the rise. His “plan” of not causing panic is inducing havoc across this nation.

 

“Trumpism” is not the same thing as Conservatism.  It is acceptable to to have a different political opinion.  In my opinion, is not acceptable, as a Christian, to condone the seven things about a man that God tells us he hates.  Trump incorporates these things in his life with gusto and with no remorse of the devastating consequences he has caused in his wake.  God does things in his own time.  I can only hope that soon, “calamity will come upon him suddenly; in a moment he will be broken beyond healing.”   I just want this country to rise above his adverse influence, and become the great nation we were before he set out to destroy it for his personal gain.  

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