Those words are from the back cover of DNA of a Christ Follower. And they seem rather relevant given the current debate surrounding presidential hopeful Donald Trump.
Originally, when someone self identified as a Christian, it also meant that they were followers of Jesus Christ, representatives of him in a way, seeking to be like him. That doesn’t necessarily seem to be the case anymore…
A quick Google of “Donald Trump Christian” brings up a raft of articles reporting such things as:
- The surprising support Trump is getting from evangelical Christians
- Endorsements by Trump from high profile Christian leaders like Jerry Falwell Jr, Robert Jeffress, and an endorsement of his immigration ideas by Franklin Graham
- His varying denominational identities including Catholic, Dutch Reformed, Presbyterian, Episcopal
- And perhaps most surprisingly, for those who have an understanding of who Max Lucado is and his history- he has never before spoken in opposition to a presidential candidate, despite having the high profile that comes from selling 80 million books- is Lucado coming out strongly opposed to Trump and stating that “Trump saying he is a Christian is beyond reason to me.” Lucado also points to Trump’s claim that “I’ve never asked God for forgiveness” as evidence that he isn’t a Christian in any logical sense.
Trumps own comments include:
- “I will be the greatest representative of the Christians they have had for a long time.”
- “I am a believer.”
- His claims that he goes to church on Sunday when he can and always on Christmas and Easter
- His claim to being pro-life
- Referring to the Bible, “The Book, it is the thing” and “Nobody reads the Bible more than me.”
- His hint that he is being audited because “I’m a strong Christian.”
- “Christianity is under siege. Every year it gets weaker and weaker and weaker.”
I will end with the observation of Jack Jenkins on thinkprogress.org who states:
But when it comes to understanding Trump’s popularity with the evangelical masses, the key lies in a simple reality: Lots of evangelicals — especially Trump supporters — simply aren’t that “religious.”
What do you think? Is Trump “Christian”? Please vote on the poll above, and leave any related comments below.
You may also want to download the list of 8 biblical traits of a follower of Jesus Christ.