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Can We Still Support Trump?

Posted in uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on July 21, 2020 by andelino

Can We Still Support Trump?
by Shane Idleman

Now is not the time for hand-wringing and second-guessing ourselves. Many things that we’ve been praying for to happen in our nation are finally happening. So, at this stage, many of us will not apologize for backing the president, nor will we be intimidated. Unless millions of Americans, who are praying and truly seeking the will of the Father, are missing it, we will keep contending: “If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?” (Psalm 11:3).

In light of the current civil unrest, “Warmonger” Bolton’s supposed “bombshell book musings,” the media fake news, and Christianity Today’s newest article “condemning” Christians who support President Trump, I want to share some highlights from past articles. The charge of being a “hypocrite” if you support the president is often thrown at many Bible “believing” Americans.

I quickly found this out as soon as we released the message titled, The Destabilization of America. But hypocrisy means to intentionally “deceive” someone—who I am on Sunday is not who I am on Monday. We are not dealing with hypocrisy here. So what are we dealing with?

We have two primary issues playing out. Number one, many are simply not going to embrace the president’s agenda. In my opinion, people like “Chickenhawk” John Bolton were dead set against him from the get-go.

Why are we surprised when things like this come out? Many are going to do whatever they can to “remove” President Trump. Mr. President, know that there are millions who support many of your policies. Hold the line.

Secondly, this truly is a “spiritual” battle. There’s a big push toward “globalism, abortion on demand, sexual perversion, socialism, open borders” and so on. Calling Christians hypocrites is really just a “defense” mechanism for those who don’t want to see the “truth.” It’s often Christians who serve as our moral compass to get us back on track.

For example, when I talk about “ungodly” entertainment, I’m labeled a fundamentalist. When I talk about “purity and abstinence”, I’m labeled legalistic. When I talk about “defending babies”, I’m labeled as being against women. When I talk about “marriage” being between a man and a woman, I’m labeled a homophobe. When I “support” the current president, I’m labeled a hypocrite. And on and on it goes.

Anytime you stand for “truth” you will be labeled. Granted, the truth must come from a loving, gentle heart. The truth will “offend”, but our attitude should not. Many people on the conservative side also need to pray before posting something “derogatory” on social media. We are dropping the ball on both sides. For example, when I released an op-ed about “distorted” facts, a lot of people thought that I was writing something against the president (click here to read it).

The mean emails I received from “conservatives” were just as “nasty” as ones from liberals. Folks, we can all use a lot more “grace and humility”, including me.

The more concerning issue is that many claiming to be Christians embrace “liberal theology”, and most of them are “against” President Trump. This group typically has a problem with the “inerrancy” of Scripture as well as difficult truths, such as “repentance, judgment, and sin.” So it’s no surprise why they don’t like op-eds, social media posts, or anything grounded in truth.

They also welcome “anti-scriptural” agendas (the LGBTQ onslaught comes to mind), and they “mock” those who aren’t willing to “throw” their Bibles away and follow the crowd. Need more proof? It was liberals calling themselves “Christians” who primarily came against my article regarding what the Bible says about homosexuality.

So, one must ask the question regarding political hot buttons: “When Hollywood and most of the media is on your side, are you sure you’re on the right side?” The Bible encourages us to be “peacemakers” but not “religious negotiators.” In our zeal to reach others, we cannot “compromise the message” just because we want to be liked. We must speak the truth.

Another question goes something like this: “Do ungodly means justify a godly end?” To me, this is a no-brainer. The Bible says don’t “murder” innocent children (abortion). It also says that we should work “hard” if we can (no socialism). It also says that the government is to “guard” the nation, “securing” borders and “fighting” terrorism (Romans 13). The Bible adds that we should have “judges who are honest” and that we should bring God’s Word into all areas of life. And on and on it goes.

Many of President Trump’s staff are doing all this and more. How a person, let alone a Christian, can overlook these things is a mystery to me.

No, I don’t believe that all ungodly means are good if they lead to godly ends. It depends on the situation and what the means are. There are many variables, and a blanket statement—like so many of those who speak against the president are trying to make—will not suffice.

We have an interesting dynamic working here: “a politician actually doing what he said he would do.” His past is not perfect, but he is guiding America in the “right direction.” In fact, many governmental agencies are now hosting Bible studies. He still sins, like all of us, but it appears that he wants to point our “nation” back to God. His mode of communication is not always Christ like, but he is “honoring” God in many areas of legislation.

I see a man who is “flawed” like the rest of us. I see a man who is probably not “proud” of some of the things that he has done. We’re not looking for perfection; we’re looking for direction—“direction back to God.” Throughout biblical history, God has used “broken, flawed” leaders. Aside from Christ, is there another kind?

I’m pretty sure that if unborn babies could talk, they would tell us they are not too concerned about the president’s character. They would be far more concerned about the character of the physician with an abortion tool in his or her hand.

Ironically, the day before I released this article, I ran into a woman who was speaking Aramaic to her daughter. Her English was pretty good, so I asked her what she thought about our president. After explaining that she was a Christian from a persecuted area in Iraq, she said, “I love what he is doing. America is blessed to have him.”

Let that sink in.

Liberal Christians  who say they can’t support President Trump whine, complain, and get “holier-than-thou” but never offer an alternative. Why? Because there is no alternative. When you say, “I am not going to vote for the lesser of two evils”, you are deflecting. Your “non-vote” is helping to assure that “evil” will prevail.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer said, “Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.”

Not to vote for Trump empowers the people who “hate” you and your children. If they ever succeed in all their plans to change our precious land of the free into a “socialist” state, it is game-over for the last truly “free” country on earth.

Stand up for liberty, pray for those in Washington, and “vote for those who love America.” We as Bible believing Christians can and must turn this nation back to God!

Maximo Alvarez, the President of “Sunshine Gasoline”, praises Trump, and calls out leftists destroying America, “You’re Communist!”

Christians… Still Can’t Support Trump?

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