1. We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God. If the Donald believes in this primary principle, then one must question his treatment of women, his bigoted dog whistles about Blacks and Hispanics, his denigration of Mexican nationals, and certainly his isolationist rants over Syrian Muslims, and other ethnic groups. The Summary of the Law and the parable of the Good Samaritan come to mind as having meanings and lessons quite opposite from Trump words and deeds.
2. We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Presumably Trump has no problem with this tenet of the Faith.
4. We believe that for the salvation of lost and sinful people, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential.
5. We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life.
6. We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; they that are saved unto the resurrection of life and they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.
7. We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ. But this again misses the point of those authoritarian, infallible scriptures. The principle that believers are spiritually united in Christ is too inwardly-directed. Christ taught that all humanity was united under God. He always points beyond himself and beyond individuals to the people, the community, the foreigners, the poor, the downtrodden, the widows, the orphans, the broad-based human community with all its difficulties and its demons. He carefully chooses a despised Samaritan to be the hero, so to speak, of one of his most important parables.
- Authoritarianism trumps democracy;
- Strongman tactics are idolized whereas service of others is the principle found in the scriptures;
- Coveting of profits and of riches is glorified, but helping the less fortunate predominates in the good Book. His giving to charities is questionable and limited (does he tithe, as encouraged by the Good Book?). Without his tax returns being released, we shall never know for sure.
- The manipulation of people by use of many tools is the norm in business, it appears (at least in his enterprises), yet the standard of Christianity is the loving care of neighbor woven inextricably with the love of God.
- And I guess, finally, that there is an air of privilege and superiority that hangs over all of Trump’s dealings, words and conduct. He emphasizes over and over that he alone is the answer for all of America’s difficulties and problems. He knows more than the Generals about ISIS. He alone can undo and rewrite complicated treaties and trade agreements. And he alone can fix our inner cities with something called Law & Order. He is all-knowing, all-seeing. He alone stands between Chaos and a Greater America. (But somebody else beat him to the line: “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life”).
We have seen it all before – men and women unprincipled, undisciplined, uncaring, but feeling invincible, unobligated and not responsible for the nation or the world’s problems. They are most likely to chart a course that damages themselves, their families, their enterprises and the welfare of all those who are caught in their lack of principled stand for the rights and well-being of others. Often, such men and women lead their followers down dark lanes and back alleys into the abyss of destruction of much that undergirded and shaped their lives and their welfare.
Are we there again? I fear we are, and we may be stalled here for a while until we can figure out just who we are, why we’re here, and where we need to go to preserve the truths and the actions that will make us a more principled nation! (Unfortunately, a “greater nation” tends to smell of superiority and contentiousness – exactly opposite from the truth of our own founding principles!).