In recent times, Donald John Trump has professed to having a strong Christian faith. He is said to have been an attendee of the First Presbyterian Church in Jamaica Queens and the Reformed Church of America and admits to attending services on Sundays whenever possible and always on holidays such as Christmas and Easter and other special occasions. He also collects Bibles, treating them with fastidious care, and one of his campaign promises is to be “the greatest representative of the Christians they’ve had in a long time.”
Not surprisingly, Trump has also expressed admiration for Tony Perkins, the President of the conservative Christian Family Research Council, and Ralph Reed, the founder and first executive director of the Christian Coalition, and has expressed his opposition to same-sex marriage on more than one occasion.
Of course, despite Donald Trump’s affiliation with the Republican party, he doesn’t get high marks for fiscal conservatism, being that within two decades, four of his businesses, the Trump Taj Mahal, the Plaza Hotel, which he promised to make the most luxurious place to stay in the world but which he ended up selling to Singapore-based international property and hotel conglomerate CDL Hotels International and Saudi Arabian Prince Walid bin Talal; Trump Hotels and Casino Resorts, and Trump Entertainment Resorts, all filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. In all four cases, the common thread is the accumulation of hundreds of million dollars in debt.
Despite Donald Trump’s assertion that he is a Christian, given his business failures, it certainly appears as if he is ignoring the question asked by Jesus Christ in Luke 14:28:
“For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it?”
What further belies Donald Trump’s professed Christian faith is his notorious arrogance, particularly in the form of his turgid love for money. For example, in mid-July 2015, he bragged that his personal net worth had risen to $10 billion, complete with a statement spelling out the amount entirely in uppercase letters, as if merely mentioning the amount wasn’t ostentatious enough.
According to 1 Timothy 6:9-10, it appears as though Trump is not as in tune with God as he claims to be:
“Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction, for the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.”
A similar admonishment can be found in Matthew 6:24, as part of Jesus Christ’s Sermon on the Mount:
“No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.”
Furthermore, James 1:26 declares:
“If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person’s religion is worthless.”
Without a doubt, if Jesus came to Jerusalem as King of the Jews and found Donald Trump among the merchants and money-changers in the temple court, he would certainly turn over Trump’s table and order him out along with all the others, as is described in Matthew 21.
Even more unfortunately for Trump, the act of serving two masters is a direct violation of the Decalogue, as Exodus 20:1-6 explicitly states:
“And God spoke all these words:
“’I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. You shall have no other gods before me. You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.’”
According to Deuteronomy 13:6-12, such an act warrants that Donald Trump be penciled in for a stoning:
“If your brother, the son of your mother, or your son or your daughter or the wife you embrace or your friend who is as your own soul entices you secretly, saying, ‘Let us go and serve other gods,’ which neither you nor your fathers have known, some of the gods of the peoples who are around you, whether near you or far off from you, from the one end of the earth to the other, you shall not yield to him or listen to him, nor shall your eye pity him, nor shall you spare him, nor shall you conceal him. But you shall kill him. Your hand shall be first against him to put him to death, and afterward the hand of all the people. You shall stone him to death with stones, because he sought to draw you away from the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.”
On that note, wouldn’t it be hilarious if one of those stones got him right in that silly-looking hair?
As for Donald Trump making it into Heaven, well for all of his alleged piety, according to Revelation 21:8 and taking into account his avarice, narcissism and amoral love of money, such a thing would be a “go” preceded by a “no,” and therefore a no-go:
“The cowards, unbelievers, the corrupt, murderers, the immoral, those who practice witchcraft, idol worshipers, and all liars–their fate is in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.”
Here’s hoping the Donald has a pair of asbestos swim trunks and plenty of number two million sunblock!
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Previously published at LiberalAmerica.org on October 21, 2015. No cached version available.