Why Evangelicals should not vote for Trump?
- His actions, derogatory rhetoric, and inciting gratuitous violence are the complete antithesis of what the Gospel’s message represents
- Trump’s demeaning remarks towards Megan Kelly, and mocking a physically challenged reporter do not portray Christ-like characteristics that Evangelicals should support
- Christ taught the world to be humble, to love, and to help your fellow neighbor
“I could stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose voters.”
Yes, this is a statement that came out of the mouth of the leading Republican presidential candidate. Many are surprised at the fact that Donald Trump is leading the Republican presidential race.
He has a certain zeal, realness, and unapologetic message that has resonated with many frustrated Americans.
Many are surprised at the fact that he is still far ahead of the other Republican candidates. What is even far more surprising is the fact that Mr. Trump is winning the Evangelical vote, and in some states quite convincingly.
His actions, derogatory rhetoric, and civil unrest are the complete antithesis of what the Gospel’s message represents.
ACTIONS AND DEROGATORY RHETORIC
Donald Trump seems to be playing on the fears and anxieties of the American people. He feels that his policies of making America great again rely on changing the culture of America. He presents the argument as an us against them narrative that causes anger and disgust towards minorities and those with different religious beliefs other than Christianity.
His accusation that Mexico is purposefully sending criminals and rapists across our border, and his ban on Muslims entering the United States spews animosity.
Trump’s demeaning remarks towards Megan Kelly, and mocking a physically challenged reporter do not portray Christ-like characteristics that Evangelicals should support.
The Evangelical community should condemn his demagoguery and vulgar comments, and it is blatantly clear that Christ’s message of love and humility does not exist in the man that is Donald Trump.
Mr. Trump’s actions have not only caused controversy, but it has opened up old and new wounds in the American public.
The chaotic scenes in Chicago, Ohio, Kansas City, and throughout the nation have been disturbing and quite saddening. Racist remarks being yelled at to minorities, punches being thrown, and vulgar statements being chanted have caused an atmosphere eerily similar to the dark times of American segregation. The Kingdom of God, and the message of Christ do not resemble people soccer punching one another during protest, and pointing out minorities as the cause of the trouble.
Evangelicals pride themselves on searching for a candidate who will govern by Christ-like principles. Christ’s message was predicated on the idea of loving one another, staying humble, and the greatest commandment that he gave humanity was to love one another. Donald Trump’s America does not resemble an America that is in line with Christian principles.
Trump’s message of making America great again has caused America to be more divided again.
Evangelicals must review their support for a candidate whose principles do not match with those of Christ’s teachings and actions. Donald Trump’s persona spews pride, hate, and anger.
Christ taught the world to be humble, to love, and to help your fellow neighbor.