(RightWing.org) – Over the last six months, former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D-IN) has said time and again that he doesn’t understand “how any Christian would support President Trump… there is no compatibility.”
Christians are a large block of Trump supporters. According to Pew Research, 58% of protestant Christians and 52% of Catholics voted for Trump in 2016. Trump has received the support of evangelical leaders such as Franklin Graham, Jerry Falwell Jr., and Robert Jefferies, among many other influential Christian leaders.
So, why does Trump have such strong support in the Christian community and is Buttigieg right that voting for Trump is incompatible with Christianity?
Since 2017, Trump has fulfilled several agendas that conservative Christians have clamored for decades. He forced Planned Parenthood to walk away from millions of dollars in government grants that would have provided for abortions, shielded federal contractors from hiring and firing workers for their religious beliefs, and signed an executive order to make it easier for churches to participate in the political process without worrying about the IRS stripping them of their tax advantages.
Yes, Trump can be brash, sometimes appear uncaring, and is willing to call people out as he sees fit. However, in order to “drain the swamp” God would need a leader who is tough-skinned, brash, and even a little narcissistic. Running a country like the United States requires a certain skill and temperament in this unique time in history.
In light of Trump’s support among Christians, Buttigieg’s goal is to ask questions that force people to think about Trump’s moral character and question if he’s fit for office.
Does the Bible say that a vote for Trump is inconsistent with Christian belief and doctrine?
Aren’t there leaders in the Bible who weren’t perfect and who had their own personal struggles and issues?
Let’s examine a few leaders from the Bible and how in their imperfections they ultimately became inspirations:
- Jacob is one of the fathers of Judaism — Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob — Jacob wrongfully tricked his father and stole his oldest brother’s blessing. An incredibly strong-willed personality, Jacob even wrestled with an angel and as a result dislodged his hip, leaving him with a lifelong limp. God would change his name from Jacob to Israel and Jacob would go on to establish the 12 tribes of Israel and birth an entire nation.
- Samson was a Judge of Israel before there were kings. His long hair gave him strength and represented how he was set apart for God. In a moment of carnal weakness with Delilah, she was able to cut his hair. In turn, he lost his strength and was imprisoned and tortured. Blind at the end, he protected Israel one last time and found redemption in the final moments of his life.
- King David is one of, if not the most, revered man in the history of Israel. He was a man after God’s own heart. Yet, he broke seven of the ten commandments with Bathsheba. His humility and openness before God allowed redemption and the greatest era of Jewish history.
- The Apostle Peter was a profane blue-collar fisherman when Jesus first came across him. Ill-tempered and short-sighted, Peter was known to make promises he couldn’t keep. He was prone to over-exaggeration and harshly defended his friends, and especially Jesus. Yet, it was Peter who denied Jesus three times and lived with the guilt afterward. However, it was Jesus who said it was Peter, the rock, upon whom he would build His church and change the world.
- Before his conversion, the Apostle Paul was a brilliant, but angry Pharisee. Well trained in the Law of Israel, he detested Christians and is credited with murdering thousands of them. The Apostle Paul would go on to write the majority of the New Testament and for 2,000 years, his teachings in the Bible are the most referenced of any other writer.
There are so many more people in the Bible who were influential, strong, but imperfect leaders. God chose a specific leader at a specific moment to fulfill a specific purpose.
When Christians voted for Donald Trump in 2016, his past had been well documented for over 30 years. His strengths and weaknesses were well known. Yet, he professed Jesus Christ to be his Lord and Savior. He promised to protect the unborn, lift up Christians, and restore common sense to government.
According to Mat Staver, the president of Liberty Counsel, Trump has fulfilled over 90% of his promises to evangelical Christians. Furthermore, he said that in the first two years of his presidency, Trump achieved more for Christians than all the presidents since Ronald Reagan combined.
If you’re a Christian, what isn’t to like about that?
As the great men and women throughout the Bible, no one is perfect — except for Jesus.
If everyone was held to the same standard that Buttigieg is holding Trump to, there wouldn’t be a single person qualified to run for any office or hold any leadership position, anywhere — including Buttigieg.
Let the first one without (any) sin, cast the first stone…
By Don Purdum, Freelance Contributor
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