Christianity cannot be Trumped

Thursday, June 2, 2016
J.M. Phelps - Guest Columnist

J.M. Phelps ( need to pray that the evangelical leaders set to meet with Donald Trump this month are compelled to ensure he would fight for the biblical principles America was founded upon.

Presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump is set to meet with an array of influential evangelical leaders in New York City on June 21. Alongside former presidential candidate Ben Carson, some of these evangelical leaders include Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council; Gary Bauer, president of American Values; Tim Wildmon, president of the American Family Association; and Dr. James Dobson, founder and president of Family Talk.

The media has steered many to identify Trump as an arrogant, immigrant-hating, foul-mouthed, money-loving mogul, looking to insult or stamp out his next opponent. Is there a side to Trump that we haven't seen? A brighter Trump that is fit to emerge out of the dark hues of a painted picture?

This meeting is granting him a great opportunity to generate support from social conservatives ahead of November. Issues including abortion, same-sex "marriage," and the transgender debacle will surely be brought to the light.

What is more, his understanding of salvation should be an incredibly important topic of interest. In previous interviews, Trump has asserted that he's unsure if he's ever asked God for forgiveness. Consequently, one could declare that he is not Christian. Romans 3:23 tells us, "for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." Thus, each one of us has a desperate need for forgiveness.

Without it, at the core of our very existence, we've all proven to be utterly depraved – both morally and spiritually. Without Christ, would a man be as passionate about opposing abortion, same-sex marriage, or the transgender confusion as the believer? Would such a man fight for the biblical principles our country was founded upon?

To draw boundary lines on the moral issues of our culture, what kind of decisions could we expect from a man who doesn't know Christ? I have a strong propensity to believe we're reaping the damaging consequences of such a man's unrestrained decisions within the current administration.

In his book Freedom of the Will, the great theologian Jonathan Edwards teaches us that "will is always determined by the strongest motive, or by that view of the mind which has the greatest degree of previous tendency to excite volition."

A few centuries earlier, in The Bondage of the Will, Martin Luther explains, "For if a man, when he has lost his liberty, is compelled to serve sin, and cannot will good, what conclusion concerning him can be more justly drawn, than that he can do nothing but sin, and will evil?"

Clearly, without Godly direction in our lives, we are more often than not inclined to do what is immoral.

This, my friends, should remain on the minds of those who meet Trump in less than three weeks. For far too long, humanity has exchanged God's glory for idolatry, immorality, and – dare I say – ignorance. Now, the signs of our depravity are becoming increasingly more evident all around us.

Yet, God's grace still brings hope to a broken world. Do we continue to hope for a follower of Christ to enter the Oval Office? Of course we do. Even if he or she may not be one who professes a relationship with Christ, we never cease praying for those who are elected to enter this esteemed office.

May any hopeful president be brought to seek the direction of the one true God as he or she accepts the great responsibility of leading our nation forward and – should it be according to His will – back to God. "If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land" (2 Chronicles 7:14).

It's time for our leaders to repent, stand up, and more boldly represent the core values of this country.

You evangelical leaders who are to meet with Mr. Trump: many Americans charge you with speaking truth to the presidential nominee on our behalf. As Paul witnessed to King Agrippa, so you should also be compelled to witness to "The Donald." Our patriots will be praying for you. We are either ambassadors for Christ or we are not.

J.M. Phelps and his wife, Cori, are general managers of Covenant Spotlight. He is a regularly contributing author to the monthly magazine, which is based in Louisiana.

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