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.