Trump’s views contradict Republican’s ‘family values’
Polls show 76 percent of white Evangelical Christians support the Republican presidential candidate, and I have to ask: Why?
Donald Trump is the opposite of many Christian values. The core values held by so many Christians — I have heard — are about love and compassion. Trump exhibits none of that. He has attacked both the grieving mother of a dead soldier and a disabled reporter. Jesus healed the disabled (Luke 13:10-17), and Trump thinks mocking them is acceptable.
The Republican party claims to be the party of “family values.” Although they have rarely lived up to the claim, it was, at least, a good idea. Even that has been abandoned by nominating Trump, who cheated on his first wife with his second wife, cheated on his second wife with his third wife and who knows how many women we don’t know about. He has five children with three different women, and makes creepy comments about his daughters.
Meanwhile, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton held her marriage together through her husband’s infidelity, and the Obamas have a picture-perfect family. Which sounds like real “family values?”
Trump seems to love to brag about his wealth and hate jokes that he might not be that wealthy. Yet look at how the Bible talks about money: “You cannot serve both God and money” (Matt 6:24) or “How hard it is for those who are wealthy to enter the kingdom of God!” (Luke 18:24). Remember how Jesus chased the money-changers out of the temple (John 2:13-16)? He even preached, “Sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven” (Matt 19:21). Trump has not done any of this.
Trump is also less religious than Clinton — she’s a lifelong Methodist. He barely knows the Bible, talking about “Two Corinthians” and describing the Eucharist as “my little cracker.” He also doesn’t ask forgiveness from God — a critical Christain act. This is not a godly man.
Compare the parties’ political conventions. The Republicans’ narrative was full of anger and fear. The Democratic narrative was of love and progress and also featured the most religious speech across both weeks. Did anything from the Republican convention sound like Jesus’ teachings?
So why does he have their support? Maybe because of the “culture wars” the conservatives are losing, and Trump is willing to fight against “political correctness” (an overused term), so they think he will fight for them.
Is it race? An overwhelming percentage of Trump supporters are white, and historically, there is a current of discrimination in conservative Christianity. Trump has received endorsements from the American Nazi Party and former KKK leaders, after all. Or is it the prosperity Gospel, which says God rewards the faithful with success?
There are good reasons to dislike Clinton, as well. But Trump is so far outside the norms of United States civil society and Christian teachings that seeing Christians support him is the height of hypocrisy.
As an atheist who has been criticized by religious people, I now see the same people supporting who I believe is the worst candidate in modern U.S. history. If you are a liberal Christian, do not criticize me for pointing this out. Instead, rebuke your more conservative co-Christians. To anyone supporting Trump, I ask, “What do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul?” (Mark 8:36).