As someone who had to hold his nose when voting for John McCain and Mitt Romney (although to a lesser degree), my arthritic fingers will not allow me to hold my nose with enough strength to control the stench if I voted for Donald Trump. But until a viable third party comes along, like most of you, I will continue to be a member of the GOP and support candidates down the ticket.
What was my tipping point? Why will I not vote for Donald Trump? As an evangelical Christian for over 60 years, I know that the only way for America to be great again (by my definition) is to get back to the morals of those who founded this nation, as well as those leaders through the years who lived with that same Judeo-Christian ethic. Donald Trump is far from being that type of leader. Coupled with that is how he tried to position himself as a Christian. Unfortunately, he was too successful in that endeavor even though he has consistently stumbled trying to name one Bible verse, and has lied about his church attendance.
Remember his famous quote “I am a Presbyterian Protestant. I go to Marble Collegiate Church?” Two problems with that statement. The church says he is not an active member there and Marble Collegiate Church is not a Presbyterian church. It just so happens to be the oldest place of worship in the Reformed Church in America.
Which Trump supporters belong to the Christian Hall of Shame?
Let us start with Jerry Falwell Jr. Trump was invited to speak at the convocation center at Liberty University. (yes, that is the same place where Senator Ted Cruz earlier announced his candidacy). What did Trump say there that showed his true colors? That was, of course, his favorite verse in Two Corinthians 3:17. Many students tried to correct him, some laughed at him, many took to Twitter to scoff at him. But what did Dr. Falwell do? He endorsed Trump for President.
One radio pundit said “Donald Trump is very generous.” Unless you are a Trump supporter, you shouldn’t need an explanation. Of course, we now know that Donald Trump personally is not generous. Maybe that is why he won’t release his tax returns.
What did Dr. Falwell get in return? He was invited to Trump Tower where he and his wife had a picture taken with Trump. In that picture conspicuously on the wall behind them is a framed copy of Trump on the cover of Playboy magazine. Personally, I think Trump’s favorite verse should be Matthew 7:15, “…who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves.”
Next is Dr. James Dobson. Dr. Dobson is passing on second-hand information that Trump is now a born-again Christian. Everyone I know who has committed their life to Christ has undergone a transformation in their behavior. Maybe Dr. Dobson needs to read further in Matthew 7:16, “You will recognize them by their fruits” and verse 20 “Thus you will recognize them by their fruits.”
Then there’s Dr. Wayne Grudem who wrote a lengthy article on why supporting Donald Trump is the “morally right” thing to do. Let me get this straight… voting for the most immoral Republican presidential candidate ever is the “morally right” thing to do? I must have missed that one in his book Systematic Theology.
Donald Trump thinks that we Christians are, to borrow a phrase, mind-numbed robots. If he really knew the Bible he would know that God gives discernment through the Holy Spirit. It’s too bad that not all Christians use that gift.
So you know my tipping point. If you, the reader, still support Trump, what will it take to change your mind? Surely you have a tipping point.