A few Biblical reasons for why Not all Christians Support Trump

Friendly Reminder: Plenty of Christians do not like Trump, despite the media frequently saying so.

Here’s some simple points from the Bible that can be relevant in today’s political climate.

1) The Bible does not teach the idea “the ends justifies the means”.

The Bible says that Christians’ must by holy in all we do, as Christ is holy. (1 Peter 1:13-16)

“So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. ” (1 Corinthians 10:31)

The Bible does not allow the “lesser of two evils” as justification for making a bad choice; as all our choices will stand trial before God when we die. Everything we should do (and every vote we cast) should be in effort to glorify God and His kingdom.

2) The Bible warns us to stay away from those who misuse Christianity for their own Personal Gain

On Jan 5, ’24, Trump shared out a video made that repeated several times “God Made Trump”, as if God “chose” Trump to be his tool to save America. Over his presidency, when asked about his religious beliefs, Trump has made multiple claims of being Christian, but these are vague and not backed by a life led by the Spirit of God.

Trump has stated multiple times he “does not ask for God’s forgiveness of sins”.

In one interview when asked “who do you say Jesus is?” Trump did not say “Lord” or “Savior”. He said “somebody I can think about” and “someone I can revere”.

Trump likes/promotes his fan posts comparing his political persecution to that of Jesus’ suffering on the cross. This is a vile act to compare our Savior to the prideful and boastful sinner.

Scripture is CLEAR we need to avoid people who teach a false Gospel and who aim to misuse Christianity for worldly gain.

Jesus warns in Acts 20:28-30, “So guard yourselves and God’s people” because “men from your own group will rise up and distort the truth in order to draw a following.”

Romans 16:17-19 says “Such people are not serving Christ our Lord; they are serving their own personal interests. By smooth talk and glowing words they deceive innocent people.”

Trump named his social network “Truth” to try to deceive; as he does not speak it (no matter how many all-caps words he uses), and Christians need to warn each other against those who look to misuse and harm the church and Christ’s followers for their own personal gain.

3) Those who claim to be Christians should be marked by their love for others.

1 Peter 2:1 speaks clearly that Christians need to “put away all MALICE and all DECEIT and HYPOCRISY and ENVY and all SLANDER.”

1 John 4:7-8 is harsher stating “anyone who does not love does not know God, for God is love.”

If you’re a not a Christian, please know the above is what the Bible clearly states. The above are not controversial verses. Christians who chose to ignore or go against these commands are not following God’s desires for them as a follower of Christ.

For Christians reading this, we have a responsibility to help protect Christ’s flock, and Christ’s name and reputation amongst the world – through our love for each other and the world. We cannot claim to support EVIL for the sake of a lesser EVIL, for all our choices will stand in Judgement before the creator of the world. (Matthew 12:36-37 and Revelation 20:11-14) And if that evil is misusing Christianity for personal gain, we should not take any part in promoting or partaking in it.

Christians, it is time to Encourage and Love one another

Hebrews 10 23 Let’s hold firmly to the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful; 24 and let’s consider how to encourage one another in love and good deeds, 25 not abandoning our own meeting together, as is the habit of some people, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.

Dear fellow Christians, the past 12 months have not been a joy filled time for the world. My hope with this post is to help strengthen and encourage you both in your faith and in your love, for helping bring Christ’s love and peace to a world that is desperately in need of both. We need to encourage each other as well, because there is nothing that Satan would love more than to keep Christians as divided (or even more) than the Republican party is right now.

I have seen and heard many Christians struggle with “what should I be doing given the circumstances in the world right now?” I offer encouragement that God’s desires for us in this has not changed, and that scriptures remain the same for our yesterdays, our today, and our tomorrows.

Matthew 22 36 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” 37 And He said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the great and foremost commandment. 39 The second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 Upon these two commandments hang the whole Law and the Prophets.”

Encouragement 1: Our goal as Christians is to show love in order to further God’s heavenly kingdom; not an earthly kingdom.

Matthew 6 19 “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, 20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. […] 24 “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. […] 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness.

Encouragement 2: Let us look for Christian believers to imitate and follow who are clearly showing the Fruits of the Spirit. Do not imitate anyone who fails to show the fruits of the spirit.

Romans 8 14 For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons and daughters of God.

Galatians 5 19 Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, 20 idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, 21 envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.

The Bible clearly commands us to look for evidence of a life following Christ by using the above checklist. The “works of the flesh” checklist is also clear as to what to stay away from.

Encouragement 3: Let us look out and stay away from of anyone who want to continually quarrel, be full of controversy, slander, or using Christianity as a way to become rich or powerful.

1 Timothy 6 If anyone teaches a different doctrine and does not agree with the sound words of our Lord Jesus Christ and the teaching that accords with godliness, he is puffed up with conceit and understands nothing. He has an unhealthy craving for controversy and for quarrels about words, which produce envy, dissension, slander, evil suspicions, and constant friction among people who are depraved in mind and deprived of the truth, imagining that godliness is a means of gain.

Encouragement 4: Do not judge other Christians for their differing, but God-honoring opinions on mask wearing or COVID-19 safety protocols.

If you’re like me, your first thought is “there’s no verse in the Bible that talks about mask wearing,” and you are correct. This means it’s not a sin to wear a mask, and it’s not a sin again God to not wear a mask. The principal of why one would choose either choice is what should be examined, but in love.

Romans 14 As for the one who is weak in faith, welcome him, but not to quarrel over opinions. One person believes he may eat anything, while the weak person eats only vegetables. Let not the one who eats despise the one who abstains, and let not the one who abstains pass judgment on the one who eats, for God has welcomed him. Who are you to pass judgment on the servant of another? It is before his own master that he stands or falls. And he will be upheld, for the Lord is able to make him stand. […] The one who eats, eats in honor of the Lord, since he gives thanks to God, while the one who abstains, abstains in honor of the Lord and gives thanks to God. For none of us lives to himself, and none of us dies to himself. For if we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord. So then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s. […] 13 Therefore let us not pass judgment on one another any longer, but rather decide never to put a stumbling block or hindrance in the way of a brother. 14 I know and am persuaded in the Lord Jesus that nothing is unclean in itself, but it is unclean for anyone who thinks it unclean. 15 For if your brother is grieved by what you eat, you are no longer walking in love. By what you eat, do not destroy the one for whom Christ died. 16 So do not let what you regard as good be spoken of as evil.

Now go back up and replace the idea of “eating” with “mask wearing”.
Now do it again with “staying 6 feet apart” from others.

Verse 6 points out that when there are issues that scripture does not explicitly address, Christians may act differently and not sin. As long as the decisions are being made in honor to the Lord, we should not judge their choice. However, we must be careful not to allow this freedom to grieve our brothers (verse 15), as that is not acting in love. It is more important to honor the conscience of a fellow brother than to act in your freedom in a way that hinders another Christian’s faith or is a stumbling block for them.

Christians need to pray for and encourage each other. We need to pray and encourage non-Christians, and the world around us. Christ has blessed us with his wonderful, free, gift. Why should we want to do anything other than share this joyful gift with the world?

Philippians So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. 

Toy Story’s Life Lessons, per Woody

Tom Power wrote a great summary of the Toy Story franchise (movies 1-4) from the perspective of Woody, the main protagonist in the series. Here’s a quick summary of Tom’s observations about each movie, recapped because it helped me appreciate the fourth movie with this perspective.

Toy Story 1: Child
“As kids, we don’t understand the hurt we cause others with our immature, coercive personalities. We can’t grasp how big the world is, and the dangers that come with it. We fall out with friends, get jealous over the attention given to others, and lie to spare ourselves from being punished.”

Toy Story 2: Teenager
“In Toy Story 2, Woody faces challenges during the turbulent teenage years. We might find that our friends aren’t the people we thought they were and tests our devotion to them. We experience changes in our familial relationships as we selfishly and stubbornly go against our parents’ wishes. Our need for approval means that we do things we shouldn’t, especially where peer pressure is concerned.”

Toy Story 3: Young Adult
“Andy’s own journey shows that we eventually have to grow up, even if it isn’t easy. We’re conflicted over changes in our lives, such as getting a job or heading off to college. We also experience loss, including friends moving away from home, leaving our own families for pastures new, or the death of loved ones.
Woody proves that we have to accept these situations. We can’t live in the past forever, and sometimes change is necessary to grow. Without it, we’re destined to remain selfish and not selfless.”

Toy Story 4: Adult
“This is adulthood. We fall in love, have our own children, and experience our own midlife crisis. In bringing up our own children, we learn to be responsible for someone other than ourselves. We sacrifice everything for them and, once they’re old enough and leave home, we prioritize our own happiness and do the things we want to before we retire and grow old. This proves to be the final batch of life lessons that Woody symbolizes; an apt end to his and our own stories. “