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Speak Truth to Trump


The following article contains so many astute observations, it was hard to select excerpts from it. The WHOLE article needs to be read.

Speak Truth to Trump

Evangelicals, of all people, should not be silent about Donald Trump’s blatant immorality.

by Andy Crouch/ October 10, 2016

…there is plenty of critique and criticism of the Democratic candidate from Christians, including evangelical Christians

But not all evangelical Christians—in fact, alas, most evangelical Christians, judging by the polls—have shown the same critical judgment when it comes to the Republican nominee.

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We can never collude when idolatry becomes manifest, especially when it demands our public allegiance.

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Most Christians who support Trump have done so with reluctant strategic calculation, largely based on the president’s power to appoint members of the Supreme Court. Important issues are indeed at stake, including the right of Christians and adherents of other religions to uphold their vision of sexual integrity and marriage even if they are in the cultural minority.

But there is a point at which strategy becomes its own form of idolatry—an attempt to manipulate the levers of history in favor of the causes we support. Strategy becomes idolatry, for ancient Israel and for us today, when we make alliances with those who seem to offer strength—the chariots of Egypt, the vassal kings of Rome—at the expense of our dependence on God who judges all nations, and in defiance of God’s manifest concern for the stranger, the widow, the orphan, and the oppressed. Strategy becomes idolatry when we betray our deepest values in pursuit of earthly influence. And because such strategy requires capitulating to idols and princes and denying the true God, it ultimately always fails.

full article here:

http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2016/october-web-only/speak-truth-to-trump.html?start=1

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5 Responses to “Speak Truth to Trump”


  1. November 3, 2016 at 9:33 pm

    Thanks for posting that article, Tim. A very sane, measured, call for Kingdom-thinking towards our worldly political perceptions.

    I was encouraged too that the writer closed by emphasizing the HOPE you and I have recently remarked amidst the Church’ darkness: “…we should hold on to hope—not in a candidate, but in our Lord Jesus.”

    blessings, Steve

  2. November 4, 2016 at 7:52 am

    Hi Steve, that was one of the best Christian commentaries I’ve seen regarding the upcoming election. As I said it was hard to select an excerpt or two to quote; the whole article contained so much insight. It has an interesting companion in the interview referred to in the next post (“Donald Trump: A useful pagan?”).

  3. 3 Marleen
    November 4, 2016 at 1:56 pm

    …. at the expense of our dependence on God who judges all nations, and in defiance of God’s manifest concern for the stranger, the widow, the orphan, and the oppressed. Strategy becomes idolatry….

    This is the hardest part to reconcile with politics, I think. So, we have indeed inverted the truth. Our philosophy of the right has turned our hearts against the stranger, the widow, the orphan… until there are even more categories of “the oppressed” and even our whole functioning culture is oppression to a large degree.

  4. November 4, 2016 at 2:24 pm

    Rather than being recognised as people needing help through conditions beyond their control, “the stranger, the widow, the orphan” are viewed as deserving any hardship they have to face. Poverty is seen as self-inflicted (usually through laziness). And yet James warned his readers not to favour the rich, continuing: “Don’t the rich oppress you and drag you into the courts? ” … ” if you show favouritism, you commit sin”

    It seems like politics today leans more to favouring the rich – especially the more “conservative” leaning politics favoured and supported by many Christians.

  5. 5 Marleen
    November 4, 2016 at 2:46 pm

    That from James/Jacob really “speaks truth to” the trump card. Worth repeating a few times a day:

    “ Don’t the rich oppress you and drag you into the courts? ”

    ”if you show favouritism, you commit sin”


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