Skip to comments.Is Donald Trump a Spiritual Danger? A whole book has been compiled by evangelical Christians raising grave concerns about Trump.
Posted on 07/08/2020 8:01:48 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
Its one thing when the leftwing media bashes Donald Trump, seeing him as a menace. But how should we respond when 30 evangelicals write a book titled, The Spiritual Danger of Donald Trump: 30 Evangelical Christians on Justice, Truth, and Moral Integrity?
While working on my new book Evangelicals at the Crossroads: Will We Pass the Trump Test?, I familiarized myself with some of the most important, bestselling, anti-Trump books, including:
There was even The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump: 37 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess a President, yet another New York Times Bestseller.
I also devoted a chapter to Christianity Todays call for Trump to be removed from office, written by senior editor Mark Galli, as well as chapters to two other major, Christian calls for Trumps removal, including one from the Bonhoeffer society.
So, I am quite familiar with the arguments against Trumps fitness for office, including concerns raised by evangelical Christians.
For the first time, though, a whole book has been compiled by evangelical Christians raising grave concerns about Trump.
The authors include respected professors, psychologists, psychiatrists, philosophers, historians, songwriters, lawyers, theologians, missions leaders, and pastors, many of them highly respected in their fields. And while some of the authors are known for their left-leaning positions, it would be an error to dismiss them all out of hand.
The book is divided into three parts: 1) On Trump; 2) On Evangelical Support of Trump; and 3) On Theological, Historical, and Constitutional Issues Regarding Trump.
Authors like Prof. Stephen Haynes, a Bonhoeffer expert, argue that the evangelical embrace of Trump is similar to the Nazi embrace of Hitler.
Prof. George Yancey makes clear that he understands evangelical concerns about Trump fighting for our religious freedoms. But he writes, Trump cannot fix what troubles Christians because at best, even if he is competent, he can only offer a political solution. The issue is the culture. What Trump can do is make the situation worse by turning the culture against us further.
Psychologist Chris Thurman argues that Trump is a pathological liar (and more).
Napp Nazzworth, former editor with the Christian Post who holds a Ph.D. in political science, penned a chapter titled, Race-Baiter, Misogynist, and Fool. He argued, What makes Trump particularly dangerous for evangelicals was the manner in which he campaigned for our vote. He promised to be our protector and to make us successful by filling our pews. Trumps promises to evangelicals was similar to Satans offer to Jesus.
Ronald Sider, an influential evangelical author who edited the collection, contributed an article critical of the presidents handling of COVID-19, while other authors critiqued Trumps pride, the reproach he has brought to Christianity, and his immigration policies as compared to Scripture, just to give a sampling.
All of which leads us back to a simple question: Is Donald Trump a spiritual danger?
The simple answer is: 1) only if we put our trust in him rather than in the Lord (see my recent article, Christ, Not Trump, is the Solid Rock on Which We Stand); 2) only if we defend him when he is indefensible; 3) and only if we are known more as Trump supporters than as followers of Jesus.
Otherwise, I do not believe he is a spiritual danger, either to the nation or to the Church.
After all, with the constant concerns we have heard about his alleged instability for the last four years, has he provoked an international war? Did his relocation of our embassy in Israel to Jerusalem spark a massive response in the Muslim world? Did he start a nuclear battle with North Korea?
As for him keeping his promises to evangelicals, has any president in recent history been as loyal to this constituency? Has any president stood up more for our freedoms? Has any president kept the door open to us the way Trump has? Has any president dared to take the public, pro-life stands he has taken, including speaking at the annual March for Life in DC? Has any president appointed as many quality judges to the federal courts?
As for the predicted mental breakdowns, they have not happened yet. (If you want to brand him crazy, then hes as crazy today as the day he was elected.)
As for him asserting dictatorial powers over the nation, he has done no such thing, even during the current pandemic.
To be sure, to the extent we have looked to Trump as some kind of savior or defended him at every turn, we have tarnished our witness. That, to me, is undeniable and something we must correct.
On other hand, evangelical leaders have not sided with Trump in a cult-like, blindly loyal manner. Just think of the backlash he received from leaders like Pat Robertson and Franklin Graham when he pulled our troops out of Syria, thereby endangering our Kurdish allies. The warning from some of these evangelical leaders was quite intense.
Thats why I am fully convinced that, should Trump abandon the values of his evangelical base, we would not stand with him. We are not part of his cult.
To be sure, some of the authors in the Spiritual Danger book are more nuanced in their critiques of Trump, and I do believe theres much we can learn from some of their writings. It would be a mistake to write all of them off or dismiss them entirely. Evangelical support for Trump is a complicated issue, which is the whole reason I wrote Evangelicals at the Crossroads.
But in the end, as long as we keep the cross before the flag and are even-handed in our evaluation of the president, showing our support when deserved and making known our displeasure when merited, he will not be a spiritual danger to us.
Trump certainly could be a spiritual danger, so I suggest we take these warnings seriously. But Trump need not be a spiritual danger at all. To the contrary, he could continue to prove a strong ally, though a totally unlikely one.
And come November, should the choice be between a vote for Donald Trump, Joe Biden, or an unelectable third-party candidate, for many of us, that will be an easy choice to make.
Dr. Michael Brown (www.askdrbrown.org) is the host of the nationally syndicated Line of Fire radio program. His latest book is Evangelicals at the Crossroads: Will We Pass the Trump Test?
Unmitigated balderdash and falderal coming from the Never Trumpist Brown.
So, some liberal evangelicals marinate themselves in the sludge of Never Trumpers and anti-Trumpers and then condense the sludge into a “new” book. Who cares, just another part of the media war on Trump and us as well.
How can Trump be a spiritual danger when the other party celebrates sodomites and baby killers?
The Christian Post.
Since we don’t worship Trump as Jesus but thank Almighty God for helping us ....And thank Him for sending us such a leader, there is no problem.
3/4 into this baiting column, All of which leads us back to a simple question: Is Donald Trump a spiritual danger?
The simple answer is: 1) only if we put our trust in him rather than in the Lord
Which we know.
Ugh. No s.
This piece is a waste
I do not think that even the President’s most ardent supporters would agree that Trump’s is qualified for sainthood. Yet the Lord can work his will through the most wretched of sinners.
Pure political propoganda, trying to convince dubious and credulous evangelicals that they are supposed to hate Trump.
A man who is for families, safety, prosperity—is spiritually bad? I don’t think there would be a candidate to please this guy save an archangel or something. Some people are never satisfied. Go vote for a senile criminal then.
Yet Jesus said if you are a Christian the culture will always be against you. Paul said the same thing repeatedly. If youR desire is acceptance by the prevailing culture then you are almost certainly not Christian.
We are not part of his cult.
Michael Brown could attempt to state exactly what he means here. I did
Not realize he is a dope
War on straw men continues. Except for the Q crap, I have yet to see anyone worship Trump. He represents the silent majority of America
“Is Donald Trump a Spiritual Danger? A whole book has been compiled by evangelical Christians raising grave concerns about Trump.”
Are these the same “evangelical Christians” that think it is OK for homosexual marriage, gay clergy, no Hell, etc etc etc?
The evangelical support for Trump isn’t about spiritual matters.
It reads like some 9th grade essay piece.
If I may suggest the second book...should you vote for a dementia guy to fix all your national problems?
I read the article pretty quickly (I’m at work), but I’m wondering if I read the same article as everyone else. I didn’t get the impression that Brown was largely bashing Trump. Instead, his opinions mirror my own, I think. I support the president fully while realizing that he is not my spiritual leader or savior. That means, I’m not in a Trump cult. But I will crawl over broken glass to vote for him, in person, in November.
Full court press - we’re getting close to November. I just wonder what will come next - maybe a Muppets special on Orange Man Bad. Or the school crossing guards union on how Trump is leading to a crisis in pedestrian safety. Use your imagination.
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