Donald Trump’s understanding of what the Bible, and for that much what Jesus says, shows he needs to put down the Art of the Deal & pick up his Bible more often. His verbal gaff about ‘two Corinthians” is one thing but when you tell a radio host that your favorite part of the Bible is the “eye for an eye” part, we are confirming Trump’s complete lack of understanding of the Bible & perhaps even gaining a glimpse into the dark chasm that is his mindset.
As reported by Andrew Kaczynski at Buzzfeed:
“Is there a favorite Bible verse or Bible story that has informed your thinking or your character through life, sir?” asked host Bob Lonsberry on WHAM 1180AM.
Trump responded, saying, “”Well, I think many. I mean, when we get into the Bible, I think many, so many. And some people, look, an eye for an eye, you can almost say that. That’s not a particularly nice thing. But you know, if you look at what’s happening to our country, I mean, when you see what’s going on with our country, how people are taking advantage of us, and how they scoff at us and laugh at us. And they laugh at our face, and they’re taking our jobs, they’re taking our money, they’re taking the health of our country. And we have to be firm and have to be very strong. And we can learn a lot from the Bible, that I can tell you.”
Yes Donald, we can all learn a lot from the Bible.* Only some of us learned more about it than others it seems. If Trump really learned anything from the Bible, then he would have also learned about Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount where Jesus addressed the law of “an eye for an eye”. In particular, Trump should look at Matthew 5: 38-48 (NIV) & learn how to incorporate what Jesus said in his life, his campaign & his businesses:
Eye for Eye
38“You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth. 39But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also. 40And if anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, hand over your coat as well. 41If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles. 42Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.
Love for Enemies
43“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. 46If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? 47And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? 48Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.
Trump is the man who has constantly refused to turn the other cheek. He has continuously & relentlessly called his opponents names, questioned their fidelity to their marriage & has even gone so far as to call one former opponent a “pedophile”. Trump & his acolytes (especially Roger Stone) are quick to viciously attack anyone who dares question The Donald. We’ve seen his campaign & his people berate news reporters, talk show hosts & now threatening delegates.
If Trump really wants to start turning around those dismal disapproval ratings he might actually take a long, hard look the Bible that he professes such admiration towards. Otherwise, using one part of the Bible to justify his actions is showing ignorance of the book he loves so much – two Corinthians & all.**
*I’m not ordained but I’m pretty sure my layman’s understanding of the Bible & Jesus’ words trumps Trump.
**I’m far from perfect myself & I’m not claiming to be perfect. The only perfect person I know of died on cross for us long ago.