Today’s post was born of out of my daily habit of looking at various Christian book blogs, and seeing that Eric Metaxas wrote a review for a book I was interested in. Interest gone, I decided to publicly air my grievances with the way Christian Americans are handling politics at present.
Christians and The Presidential Race
This year’s presidential race can be described in one word: terrifying. As a young girl growing up in Southern California I can remember watching in a school assembly as President Bill Clinton was sworn in for his first term in office as the President of the United States. Rocking frizzy blonde hair and a dental appliance, I never dreamed that one day we would be choosing between a compulsive liar that happens to be sexist and racist, and a hypocrite that used to get men off for sexual abuse and at the very least committed a misdemeanor charge of unauthorized removal and retention of classified material while performing her duties as Secretary of State. If you had a friend of family member that worked for any American Embassy around the world during the Benghazi attack, you witnessed the wave of grief, shock, and terror that tore through those communities.
Say It Ain’t So, Eric
What does this have to do with Eric Metaxas? When other Christian leaders started to give Donald Trump their undeserving support, I became concerned. I talked to friends and family back home about the race to gain some perspective. As an expat, it seems clear to me that voting for someone who uses hate to motivate fear and panic is not a responsible choice for Christians to make. “How could Christians possibly vote for a man with such deplorable character?” became a common question from European friends. The days rolled by on my digital calendar, and I started to see and hear family members support Donald Trump as their candidate. It was like a living nightmare. I don’t know how else to describe it. How can people that exhort others to love as Jesus Christ loved reconcile their beliefs with supporting the human embodiment of selfish ambition? Hashtags like #neverhillary started appearing as more Christian leaders jumped on the Trump Bandwagon. These bandwagoners were men and women I used to respect, like Franklin Graham and David Barton. My writing group was over at my flat for a write-in (Camp NaNoWriMo stuff) when one of them said, “Who is David Barton, and why does it matter that he’s supporting Donald Trump?” My immediate reaction was to choke down the vomit that crept up my throat. Say it ain’t so David Barton! My husband and I have been unsure about him because of a few weird things here and there, but this was too much. I have heard him speak countless times at various churches, and he understands the complex political history of our country and claims to love Jesus Christ. According to Right Wing Watch,
“The listener asked Barton if there is anything that delegates can do to stop the nomination of Trump, to which Barton replied that Christians should simply accept that Trump is ‘God’s guy’ in this election.”
What?! Am I the only one who appalled by this? God’s guy? Really? No, David Barton, I do not simply accept that.
*Insert sorrow filled sigh* As bad as that was, things got worse. Eric Metaxas is was one of my heroes. He is an acclaimed author that has written biographies for human rights frontrunners like abolitionist William Wilberforce and spy against the Nazi’s Dietrich Bonhoeffer. My husband doesn’t like to read. It’s ok, I still love him. But my husband reads Metaxas’s books. He finds them inspirational and full of difficult truths. Eric Metaxas is also Greek American, which inclines me toward him, since many of the important people in my life are Greek. Eric Metaxas is now campaigning hard for Donald Trump, stating in a TheDCFN interview that “Donald Trump is not some great man of virtue, but this much I’ll say for him,” Metaxas told TheDCNF. “I think he loves America and I don’t think he wants to line his own pockets. At this point, that is the kind of virtue that we are talking about.”
According to an article interviewing Donald Trump’s former Ghostwriter, Tony Schwartz, that couldn’t be further from the truth. Donald Trump’s main goal is to line his pockets, and the only person or thing he is capable of loving is Donald Trump.
In his journal, Schwartz wrote, “Trump stands for many of the things I abhor: his willingness to run over people, the gaudy, tacky, gigantic obsessions, the absolute lack of interest in anything beyond power and money.”
“I don’t do it for the money,” Trump declares. “I’ve got enough, much more than I’ll ever need. I do it to do it. Deals are my art form. Other people paint beautifully on canvas or write wonderful poetry. I like making deals, preferably big deals. That’s how I get my kicks.” Schwartz now laughs at this depiction of Trump as a devoted artisan. “Of course he’s in it for the money,” he said. “One of the most deep and basic needs he has is to prove that ‘I’m richer than you.’ ”
Whenever “the thin veneer of Trump’s vanity is challenged,” Schwartz says, he overreacts—not an ideal quality in a head of state.
The other problem is that Trump not only lies, but becomes convinced that his lies are true. In The New Yorker article, Schwartz reveals:
“Lying is second nature to him,” Schwartz said.
“More than anyone else I have ever met, Trump has the ability to convince himself that whatever he is saying at any given moment is true, or sort of true, or at least ought to be true.”
There are many important points in the mentioned article, and I am inclined to believe Schwartz. He has nothing to gain from speaking against Trump. It is clear that this tell-all is an attempt to appease his aching conscious. Schwartz states his regrets over connecting his life with Trumps in any way, and I wonder how similar American voters will feel after having voted for someone who displays all the symptoms of Narcissistic Personality Disorder.
Christians in the US seemed to willfully ignore the presence of decent human beings during the primaries like attorney and politician Ted Cruz. Libertarian Candidate Governor Gary Johnson seems much more ethical than a vote for Trump, but as I’ve seen over and over people I love and admire are saying things like, “A vote for Johnson is a vote for Hillary Clinton.” This type of thinking goes against the attitude our founding fathers attempted to establish when they created the Republic.
Trump’s Message to America’s Daughters
Just for the sake of irony, I want to mention the fact that American Christian’s were so against Romney for being Mormon, but they accept all of Donald Trump’s anti-human rights rhetoric. Do we really want someone running our country that shames people for their physical appearance? Stop lying and saying that Trump is a good person when ALL of the evidence is to the contrary. Tell me one good thing he has done. If you think I’m being fanatical, click here for a list of seven respected Christian leaders who agree with me including Max Lucado who wrote that
“Trump would not make it through the “decency interview” he requires for those who date his daughters.”
Speaking of daughters, would you feel ok with anyone teaching your daughter that
“It doesn’t really matter what the media writes as long as you’ve got a young and beautiful piece of ass?”
…if you choose to breastfeed your child? Check out this article for more gems of wisdom Trump wants to instill in our nation’s daughters. And don’t forget about Trump’s public shaming of Ted Cruz for having a “less attractive” wife. That is the kind of man you are choosing to vote for as President.
I encourage you to read “Trump’s Boswell Speaks,” in The New Yorker and form your own opinions.
To say that my heart is grieved that people teaching this
“And whoever of you desires to be first shall be slave of all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.” -Mark 10:44-45
support someone who says something like this
“The point is, you can never be too greedy.” – Donald Trump
would be an understatement of epic proportions.