Donald Trump, the serial adulterer, liar, con artist and fraud is continuing his seduction of the Christian leaders, in hopes of securing his place with Christian voters.
Those same Christian “leaders” are continuing to roll over and prove themselves to be cheap dates.
Donald Trump is going to his first Pastors and Pews meeting to face a gauntlet of questions from evangelical Christians about how he’d bring about a more Christian nation.
Ok. That’s going to be the first flag. Trump has no ability to bring about a Christian nation.
It will be a friendly room for the Republican presidential nominee, but there will be high expectations from the 700 conservative pastors and spouses at the private meeting sponsored by the American Renewal Project Thursday in Florida, organizers said.
Trump has been claiming that he will repeal the Johnson Amendment, which is an IRS rule that prevents churches from promoting political candidates with their tax-exempt resources.
“That’s a good first step,” said David Lane, the American Renewal Project’s founder. “But what about the religious liberty of Christian photographers, Christian bakers, Christian retreat centers, and pastors who believe same-sex intercourse and marriage is sin? These Christians were simply living out their deeply held convictions of their Christian faith when they politely refused to provide services for a same-sex wedding. Doesn’t the First Amendment give us all a right to our beliefs?”
Lane added, “Homosexual totalitarianism is out of the closet, the militants are trying herd Christians there.”
Good luck with that. Trump had several speakers on tap at the GOP convention to speak out against the “culture wars” and to call for acceptance of the gay mafia.
Lane may have missed that.
All of the 2016 presidential hopefuls were invited to events during the primaries and caucuses, but only Texas Senator Ted Cruz, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, then-Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, former Texas Governor Rick Perry, and Florida Senator Marco Rubio agreed to come to the closed-door sessions.
Either of those men would be infinitely better equipped to carry the message of Christian conservatism to the world.
The Pew Research Center shows Trump leading among white, evangelical Protestants.
That’s embarrassing, and disappointing. As a Christian, you would hope that their standards were a little higher.
Renewal Project organizers want Trump to help mobilize an evangelical army to sway the vote against Clinton, who is leading Trump nationally by 7.5 points, according to the rolling average of polling compiled by RealClearPolitics.com.
“Trump cannot make the same mistake that Romney did in 2012: talking to evangelical national heads through conference calls and national meetings, thinking that that will trickle down to evangelical and pro-life Catholic Christians,” Lane said. “Those type of calls are necessary, but they don’t produce a ground game.”
Trump’s personal résumé doesn’t seem tailored for this audience: He’s on his third marriage, doesn’t regularly attend church, has demonstrated a lack of familiarity with Bible passages, said last summer during a question-and-answer session at another Christian forum that he has never asked God for forgiveness, and has changed his stances on abortion issues several times.
Well, because he’s not a Christian and has very little idea of what it requires. Nor does he have the capacity to embrace that lifestyle.
So while Christian leaders are putting on their high heels and red dress, in order to court their hay-haired bad boy, the rest of us will mourn our nation and pray for revival. It won’t be coming from Washington.