Presidential hopeful, Donald Trump, spoke at Liberty University on January 18. Liberty University president Jerry Falwell Jr. has endorsed Trump as his top choice for president. Trump’s campus visit and chapel address were controversial among Liberty alumni and the evangelical community for a variety of reasons.
Some were upset that there was such a mixing of faith and politics. Others noted that he doesn’t line up with Christians on certain moral issues (i.e. abortion). Some were not opposed to Trump’s visit but did not feel that he should have been given the platform at a Christian college chapel service (that would be my personal position).
My concern is not about Donald Trump’s political candidacy. One could make a case for Donald Trump as the most qualified candidate for the presidency. It could be argued that he is the best option to cut through the foolish extremes of political correctness and defend our Christian liberties. And his business experience could aid the economy.
More concerning to me is what Donald Trump communicates about the nature of Christianity. The fact that he is in any way presented as a Christian candidate makes a mockery of the Christian faith. He has been married three times and has continued to be quite open about his ungodly views of marriage and sexuality. By his own admission, he attends a liberal church on holidays. When asked specifically, he acknowledged that he has never sought forgiveness of his sins.
As elections loom, vote your conscience. I don’t see any perfect candidates on the ballot. Our next president will be flawed – just like all of our previous presidents. But let’s not get confused on what genuine faith in Jesus Christ looks like.
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