Trump’s America Would be a Living Hell for Jesus

This week, after Donald Trump’s words at the White house christmas Tree lighting,  Evangelist Franklin Graham posted on social media: “Never in my lifetime have we had a POTUS willing to take such a strong outspoken stand for the Christian faith like Donald Trump.”

(I’ll pause here to let the rational folks stop laughing.)

The Reverend may actually believe this, but I think he conveniently left out one rather critical detail: A dark-skinned, itinerant, refugee Jesus wouldn’t be allowed in Donald Trump’s America. And if he were already here, his life would be a living hell right now.

He’d be denied healthcare, detained at the airport, separated from his family, trolled relentlessly on Twitter, accosted by torch-bearing marchers, vilified by pulpit-pounding preachers, and branded a terrorist by the President himself in incendiary fake videos and fear-baiting Tweets.

A Jesus whose family fled in panic to avoid the local government’s deadly intentions in order to save his life—would be sent back immediately for not “doing it legally”—and we’d have a far shorter New Testament now with a very different ending.

A man of middle eastern descent traveling from town to town, preaching about the evils of materialism, the dangers of wealth; about the sickness of those who abuse power to neglect the poor and the hypocrisy of religious leaders getting fat off the backs of the needy—would be absolutely terrorized by MAGA men and women, both in person and online.

A subversive, homeless rabbi who lived with the street people and publicly condemned and challenged every move by the political power-holders perverting religion to line their pockets—wouldn’t get within 100 yards of a Trump rally. He’d receive the same treatment there that Jesus received as he was led to his crucifixion: mocked, spit on, beaten.

The Jesus of the Gospels, living alongside the marginalized and the poor, would be the most vulnerable to the Republican Tax Bill; pushed to periphery of sustainability and assailed on every front in these moments by those so public wielding their Christian faith. 

To anyone with even a cursory understanding of the Bible (and not blinded by hatred for Barack Obama) this isn’t difficult to see:
Donald Trump isn’t a Christian by any reasonable metric.
He is the antithesis of Christlikeness.
He doesn’t give half a damn about Jesus.
He doesn’t emulate him in matters of personal behavior or policy.
He just understands that American Evangelicals are easy marks; that they don’t require anything resembling Jesus, as long as they get a little lip service now and again to pacify them and justify their allegience.
They don’t require actual Biblical knowledge of the Jesus of the Gospels (why should he have more than they do, anyway).
They don’t need a shred of mercy or generosity or purity or humility or compassion from him—they just need Jesus name-dropped annually and that will touch their God-spots and make them swoon.
Donald Trump knows how to play white Bible Belt Christians fluently, and he grabbed them by the privilege and told them he was down with Jesus—and they didn’t ask for receipts.

Not only is Trump not a Christian, but he is aggressively acting in direct opposition to the life and ministry of Jesus in any way one can objectively measure—if you actually open up the Gospels and take a gander. There is simply no sensible correlation to be drawn between these two entities. Trump Christians won’t even attempt to make sense of the non sequitar—as they really don’t care anymore. They will not allow Jesus to inconvenience their Christianity by reminding them that Donald Trump is actually Caesar; a malevolent figure appropriating the name of God to fleece the faithful—and that he was there to resist him.

Trump is willfully cultivating an America that is violently anti-poor, anti-foreigner, anti-middle eastern, anti-brown skin, anti-compassionate—and Jesus of Nazareth would fear for his life here every day, if he wasn’t soon rounded up in a hospital bed by ICE and deported, beaten with pipes at a White Lives Matter rally, or badgered by online trolls to “go back where he came from.”

So Trump can roll out a yearly dog and pony show photo-op meant to tickle the fancy of professional pharisees who’ve sold their souls and need to feel like they got a good deal out of the transaction.

He can toss off a few sentences to satisfy white folks, who don’t as much love the Biblical Jesus—as they do the white, upper middle class, gun-toting, anthem standing, gay hating Christ they’ve made in their own image.

The bar is so freakin’ low for these professed people of Jesus, that they can actually say with a straight face that Donald Trump (you know, “the grab-her by the p*ssy”, “2 Corinthians,” serial adulterer, professed predator, “my fingers are long,” guy) is actually a “man of God”—but Barack Obama somehow wasn’t.

Trump Christians like to say that as of 2017, “God has been invited back into America” (as if an entire nation allows or denies God access to begin with, but let’s just go with that fantasy.) Ironically though, Jesus of Nazareth; the poor, refugee, brown-skinned, itinerant community organizer and anti-establishment activist at the very heart of the Christian story—would have no place in Donald Trump’s America or the churches and homes of those who applaud the President. 

If Jesus was living in Trump’s America right now—I’d be terrified for him.

He probably wouldn’t stay or last very long.

45 thoughts on “Trump’s America Would be a Living Hell for Jesus

  1. I suspect that Kristians know they will go to heaven just because they were baptized, go to the only church and say a blessing before meals.
    They don’t have to care about others. Being Christ-like is not necessary.

  2. He wants to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. I can see him thereafter going to Jerusalem and saying or doing something that the most Orthodox Jews would call an abomination of desolation–and then we’ll know Trump is the Antichrist.

  3. I do not know anything about the Evangelical faith. Charles is the expert here. I do find it so bizarre that people who want to force their religious beliefs on everyone have, in the past year and this year, claimed that God is working through 2 men – Donald Trump and Roy Moore.

    I truly believe that there are angels (I am certainly not one) walking around on this planet – and these are the 2 that they think God would pick? The God I believe in is a lot greater than that. I think he would pick someone like his son. I think I will give these 2 a pass on believing in and wait for someone who treats people like Jesus would and who can actually feel empathy and compassion for others and are decent and know boundaries.

    First there is Trump who has told us he has never had to ask God for forgiveness. This man who has committed adultery, is a proven liar, has spent his adult years bragging about his sexual prowess, rating women by number, being involved in multitudes of litigations because of refusing to pay his contractors, a bogus charity, a bogus college and on and on and on. Yet he can’t come up with a single mortal sin he has committed or needs to be forgiven for.

    Then there is Roy Moore – hiding behind God which I happen to think has to be the biggest sin of all – to use God’s name to hide your own evil doings. Denying everything sure worked for Trump. He has even denied doing things and saying things that are recorded.

    I also don’t understand why the “conservatives” say such angry words and show such contempt. Everything is going their way. They should be partying hardy with their ilk. They should be busy basking in the glow of golden coins that will be trickling down any minute now thanks to the hard work Trump and his complicit Republicans have done tramping on every norm. With gerrymandering and refusing to appoint judges for years so now they can pick the most extreme right of the self called righteous where the effects will be felt for decades.

    Those with “portfolios” are breathlessly waiting for wall street to get their super extra perks added to their get out of jail free cards. Corporations have loads of money hidden elsewhere and employment is just great! Somehow all this is because of Trump. Nothing to do with the steady increases from the Obama years after he was handed the biggest pile of dog do ever handed to an incoming President. Nope, all this is Trump. Yet it is imperative that tax breaks for the wealthy happen now and will last forever while those like me and so many others will disappear after the next election – even when our infrastructure is breaking down. Breathtaking!

    And the debt – that gorgeous debt – so they can go after Social Security and Medicare and all those other nasty handouts to the takers. It will be up to all those wonderful “givers” to decide who they will spare a penny to, or who will live or who will die.

    Teachers have always been a respected and needed segment of our society. Not any more. Republicans think “for profit” is the best for everything. We all need one more layer of the powerful picking our pockets. They think people who send their children to private schools need a tax break. Now teachers are spoken about with contempt and are probably set to be replaced by anyone who can read a “Godly” script. Same with unions who the Republicans have pretty much run out of town with “right to work” states which is another name for lower wages are King. Does anyone ever question why even when companies get to pay lower wages prices never go down even when they move to other counties and pay a ridiculous amount lower than they were paying here?

    Heaven forbid the working class having a voice in this country. Kind of like the white man decimating the Indian population. I read Trump is about to shrink more Indian land – there must be some important “for profit” thing that it should be used for – maybe like a golf course.

    Just putting this out there. Union apprenticeships have been around longer even than me. They are non-profit and paid for by Management as part of the wage package. They are run by a Committee of half Labor and half Management. They both have voices on what is taught and how it is taught. The one I worked for was a five year program. The apprentices worked during the day while earning a wage based on the percentage of a Journeyman and increased throughout the 5 years as markers were met for grades and hours worked. They signed an Agreement with the state that they would receive a set amount of work hours and school hours. Our apprentices earned college credits. Apprenticeships also offered continuous education classes for Journeymen to constantly upgrade their skills.

    Now Trump has talked about Apprenticeships. Corporations have been screaming for years that they cannot fill thousands of jobs because Americans are not properly trained. Instead of investing in educating Americans to do their jobs like those nasty Union pukes have done for decades, they bring in people from other countries on special visas. Trump even brings in wait staff for his clubs because American certainly does not have capable and excellent people who would love those jobs. I believe Trump and his cronies will figure out a way for the taxpayers to once again foot the bill for their hungry money God. There have been so many ways that the non-union have gamed the apprenticeship system. When money is your God there are no limits. Just like tax payers subsidized Walmart employees for decades so the Walton family could fill their pockets.

    I will stop now. Sorry

    Peace

  4. They draw near me with their mouths, but their hearts are far from me.
    I can’t think of a better example of that phrase than watching Trump and his syncophants trying to fake Christianity.

  5. I sometimes leave comments (when they are allowed) on GOP Congress persons social media pages. I was excited to see that Franklin Graham allows comments on his page. I made some slightly acidic comments about this issue, as I have been thinking deeply about what it means to be a leader. In Britain, as here, groups of anti-Semite, isolationists are marching again. Our leadership is fatally flawed. I do not support this president. I will support someone who values all people, and works to help the world become better.

  6. Beautifully written! Trump is an embarrassment to Christianity but he sure knows how to manipulate all those “good Christians” out there who follow his every utterance with an almost cult-like devotion.

    • Just wait until the war comes and they see all their fundie sons and grandsons coming home in boxes from North and South Korea:

      “I just don’t understand why our nice white sons have to die for all those yellow people. They just don’t value human life like we ‘true’ Christians do. How did Trump ever get us involved in this mess?” This war could not possibly be the will of God because I just know that a loving God would not want our nice white sons to be sacrificing their lives for yellow people who have never even met Jesus. Maybe Donald is not the special anointed one of the Lord.”

  7. As always, you hit the nail on the head! I certainly wish the scales would fall off others eyes and the real truth would become apparent.

  8. You forgot about the part that there are plenty of other countries where he would have been shot or imprisoned on sight for being in their country illegally.

  9. I was deeply appalled, embarrassed, and humiliated by the things the Gropenführer in Chief had to say on the occasion of lighting the White House Christmas Tree because they had no business being said.

    Apparently, no one who wrote that speech or even Franklin Graham has heard of the First Amendment. To give precedence to Christianity over the faiths of a great many other citizens in the USA is a smack upside the head to everyone else.

    More than ever, Christians in the USA need to recover the social justice aspects of both the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures.

    Social Justice Bible Challenge Introduction

    (freely cribbed from the book of the same name, edited by Marek P. Zabriskie)

    What kind of Christian are you?

    The question sets up a false dichotomy. Christianity is not a religion about personal salvation only. Nor is it a religion about social justice outreach only. In true Biblical fashion, Christianity is a both/and religion. To be truly faithful to the actual teachings of Jesus, and the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures, to be a faithful follower of Christ we are **required** to love our neighbour no matter what it costs us to do that and to strike down injustices wherever we find them. To weigh one above the other throws the Gospel out of balance. A balance must be found between the conservative evangelical emphasis upon personal salvation at all costs and the more liberal mainstream churches’ emphasis upon community redemption/restoration at all costs. Biblically based faith requires both.

    Here are some quantitative figures. The Bible mentions poverty 2100 times. It mentions sin 1610 times. It mentions sex twenty-six times. Yet over recent decades, Christians have engaged in almost all out war over something the Bible talks about the least. Where is the passion for what the Bible talks about most?

    If we were to cut out of the Bible all the passages that mention sex, we would hardly notice the lack. Were we to cut out of the Bible the verses where God calls for justice and demands that we care for the poor, we would be left with shreds with sizeable gaps on most pages? God cares passionately about poverty and justice— the evidence is on practically every single page of the Bible.

    In “The Purpose Driven Life” by Rick Warren, he asks of evangelicals “How could we have missed it?” US evangelicals are latecomers to the recognition of the Bible’s overwhelming message of compassion toward the poor and the marginalised and the resounding call for Christians to address these groups. The Jews in the USA are way ahead of evangelicals.

    If anyone might claim they don’t know where the Bible says this, Micah 6:8 is quite clear. “God has told you, oh mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God.”

    Let me point out something very important that the average reader overlooks at every single possible opportunity. When the Bible uses “you,” “your,” “you’re,” etc in almost every single case that is a plural you. It is almost never a singular you, except maybe in a personal conversation between two people. The GIGANTIC mistake made by English readers is to fail to notice context. Context is how we know when the singular or the plural form of “you” is being used. It speaks to our deep commitment to greed and selfishness that we prefer to overlook the plural to turn it into a singular. Because in this way, we get to overlook the other thing I simply must point out.

    The prophets of the Hebrew Scriptures make it 100% clear that they not only address the citizens of Israel and Judah, they also address those countries and their kings, making social justice and the poor a matter for the country AND the government, not solely individuals.

    Back to Micah 6:8. The Hebrew word for justice is mishpat, a word that puts emphasis on action. The word used for kindness is chesedh, which conveys God unconditional and steadfast love, grace, and compassion. Chesedh supplies the motive or attitude we carry within us while mishpat is the resulting action of a heart ready to serve God by caring for those around us with justice, especially caring for the most vulnerable. Additionally the Hebrew word that translates most closely to humble or righteous is tzadeqah, which means to lead a life with right relationships, not only with God but with all of God’s creation, everyone and everything in our lives.

    If tzadeqah were a reality, there would be no need to speak about social justice or to combat poverty because neither would exist.

    Throughout the Hebrew Scriptures, there is a constant and undeniable emphasis on caring for widows, orphans, strangers, foreigners, refugees, immigrants, and the poor. In Zechariah 7:9-10 it says, “Thus says the Lord of hosts: Render true judgements, show kindness and mercy to one another; do not oppress the widow, the orphan, the alien, or the poor; and do not devise evil in your hearts against one another.”

    In that society widows, orphans, strangers, foreigners, refugees, immigrants, and the poor lacked status and power. Starvation, abuse, and exploitation were daily threats and familiar realities. The Bible makes it clear that we are—and will be— judged how we treatise least among us. God cares passionately and relentlessly for those who face the greatest challenge in this life.

    Jesus repeats the same emphasis. In the Sermons on the Mount and Plain, Jesus speaks of the poor. The Greek word is ptokos, which means the poorest of the poor. These are the people who are unsure on a daily basis whether they can feed their families and themselves, and sustain their lives. Their plight touches God’s heart, and in their lives God’s presence is found.

    Jesus began his ministry with a mandate to care for the poor. In Luke 4:17-19 we read that Jesus opened the scroll to Isaiah and read “The spirit of the Lord is upon me because he has anointed me to to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”

    This is Jesus’ mission statement— the opening proclamation of His ministry. Of all the texts Jesus could have read, He chose one of the most powerful passages in the Hebrew Scriptures to call our attention to the plight of those who suffer.

    Let us not overlook Mary’s words to Elizabeth in Luke 1:46-53. And Mary said,
    “My soul magnifies the Lord,47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
    48 
    for he has looked on the humble estate of his servant.
    For behold, from now on all generations will call me blessed;
    49 
    for he who is mighty has done great things for me,
    and holy is his name.
    50 
    And his mercy is for those who fear him
    from generation to generation.
    51 
    He has shown strength with his arm;
    he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts;
    52 
    he has brought down the mighty from their thrones
    and exalted those of humble estate;
    53 
    he has filled the hungry with good things,
    and the rich he has sent away empty.

    What must it have been like for Jesus to be raised by such a mother who spoke so openly against social injustices and called for the elimination of the poverty that plagued her community?

    The teaching of the early church can be found in a pamphlet posted in the files section of Gloriamarie’s Progressive Stuff. “To the Fathers They Shall Go: Wealth and Poverty in Early Christian Thought” by Clive Barrett.

    Other Christians are well-known for speaking in defense of the poor and in favor of social justice. The Roman Catholic Church is filled with them. Other Christians include Jonathan Edwards’ The Duty of Charity to the Poor, Frederick Denison Maurice, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Pope Francis, Michael Curry, the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church.

    We’ll be discussing The Social Justice Bible Challenge at Gloriamarie’s Progressive Stuff Advent through Epiphany at https://www.facebook.com/groups/gloriamariesprogressivepetitions/

  10. You always–always–manage to articulate what is in my heart. But you say it so much better than I . Your posts are a lifeline for me. Thank you.

  11. Well John , once again you got it WRONG

    As the bible states real Clearly :
    Who Ever is for me , Hears my voice and stands for Righteousness, Truth, A relationship thru Jesus Christ.
    Who Ever does not preach Jesus Christ and take a stand for truth , obviously does NOT hear and only cares about their hidden agenda .
    Jesus Christ is The only way Mankind can be as you so clearly state . God is the only one who can control the heart of Mankind. The heart is desperately wicked. That is written into his DNA from birth.
    God states this clearly all thru the bible .
    Mankind only seeks after his own will.
    So if you want change, then isnt it time for a Revival in the house of God, The Quote Church
    The Religious Sects who Just Fleece the people and manipulate them to follow them.
    Read, Pray, Seek , Ask and the Truth will be open to the heart.
    Mankind can only change after a Reborn spirit from God
    Not thru Corrupt works of Flesh to Feeel Gooood
    The Relationship is Man to God, Thru Jesus Christ
    Not Works to God Thru Man
    Seek you 1st the kingdom of GOD then all these thing s will be added
    Not the other wrong way around.
    Man always likes to be in control and tell God how to run everything.
    Well that is not of God
    God is at work to Cause Man to REPENT
    not just be gooooooood
    Goodness with out God is Vanity, Pride, Arrogance, and selfish
    Obedience to Gods Word , The Bible is Key
    To obey is better than sacrifice

    • And the ‘You’re wrong because a true Christian just prays and feels God in their heart rather than doing anything to help people’ person shows up.

      You didn’t respond to any of John’s points. Too busy feeling God’s grace to do more than scroll down to the comments and extol the superiority of feeling righteous while doing nothing, were you?

  12. EXACTLY what I think and feel. Thank you, John, for precisely voicing the thoughts and feelings of many of us who read your blog.

  13. John, you certainly hit the nail on the head and in a most eloquent manner! Thank you for writing and then posting this, hopefully a few will see it and be awaken by it and instead of asking what would Trump do, they’d get into th habit of asking themselves, WWJD *What Would Jesus Do?*

    Whale they are asking questions of themselves, perhaps they can justify why these Evangelical Ministers live such a posh life with mansions, limousines and private jets, what happened to their vow of poverty – when Jesus did ride it was on the back of a donkey! He didn’t live in a mansion, but stayed with friends. He fed the poor, healed the sick and for all the good he sis do during his short life he is crucified.

    • This calls for the famous poem:

      “He was born in an obscure village, the son of a peasant woman.

      He grew up in another village, where he worked in a carpenter’s shop until he was thirty. Then for three years he became a wandering preacher.

      He never wrote a book. He never held an office. He never had a family or owned a house. He didn’t go to college. He never visited a big city. He never travelled two hundred miles from the place where he was born. He did none of those things one usually associates with greatness.

      He had no credentials but himself.

      He was only thirty-three when the tide of public opinion turned against him. His friends ran away. He was turned over to his enemies and went through a mockery of a trial. He was executed by the state. While he was dying, his executioners gambled for his clothing, the only property he had on earth. When he was dead he was laid in a borrowed grave through the pity of a friend.

      Twenty centuries have come and gone, and today he is the central figure of the human race and the leader of mankind’s progress. All the armies that ever marched, all the navies that ever sailed, all the parliaments that ever sat, all the kings that ever reigned, put together, have not affected the life of man on this earth as much as that One Solitary Life.”

  14. I keep trying to find ways to make sure everyone knows my faith is different and I’m not out to hate as many people as possible while dressing it up in a skinned Bible. I am so sad that the face of God has been staked out by the likes of Franklin Graham as the territory of aggressive, even gleeful exclusion. It’s hard to love in this environment.

    • It will be interesting to see what Franklin does after his dad dies. I predict that he will revert to the old Frankie Graham that he really is deep inside. The money will go on. The black leather motorcycle clothes will go on. He will be sucking his Jack Daniels bottle like a newborn baby sucks on his milk bottle. That is my prediction. Only time will tell—but my money says I’m right about this. When push comes to shove, we will learn that it was all about the MONEY and not about the MINISTRY.

      That is really sad because I have always had a soft spot in my heart for Billy—a nice, genuine good guy in a white hat like Roy Rogers—and sincere about his faith.

  15. Thanks John. As a non-Christian who is moderately familiar with the Gospels, it continually amazes me how people who insist on “Christian values” seem so blind to what those actually might be.

    • Yep. Wearing a padded bra thick enough to camouflage a hard-nipple moment is probably just one on a 5,000-item list of “Authentic Christian Values” that they keep somewhere. I think that one came from their bludgeoning Bible, probably from II Buford 23:9.

      Golly!!! I am having so much fun today. It must be the Christmas spirit—just LMAO at all of this stuff. Responding to these comments is like having Robin Williams in my office.

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  17. John , you are correct in one aspect;
    The liberal crowd would crucify Jesus all over again. They are of the same mentality as the pious Jews.

    • I beg to differ with you on your comment, George, It is NOT the liberals who would crucify Jesus all over again, at least not the ones I know and certainly not me. Liberals are all about religious freedom , loving one another and accepting each other just the way they are. No, it is people like this POTUS and his followers and supporters who would be nailing Our Saviour to a cross.

    • No, they would not. Liberal people would accept Jesus with open arms because Jesus was a modern liberal in many respects. There would be a warm meeting of the minds. Christian fundamentalists and conservative evangelicals are just like the lying and cheating Priests, Scribes, and Pharisees that turned Jesus over to Pilate for scourging and crucifixion. Modern fundies and their behaviors are a perfect fit for the scalding Jesus dished out in Matthew 23. You can read about it all on my blog at the following safe link:

      https://faith17983.wordpress.com/

  18. ‘Tis the season to remember who Jesus was and what he stood for – not the perverted message that Fundamentalists use to justify their support for the cruel, depraved POTUS. Thanks, John. Your words ring true and help me through these surreal times.

  19. Absolutely. They would be screaming “give us Barabas” (as long as Barabas is light skinned) and Franklin would be first in line to wield the whip.

  20. How often do you pray for President Trump, John, or is this “red letter” section missing from your Bible?
    “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.”
    Matthew 5:43‭-‬45 NKJV

    • I think the most appropriate prayer would be for all Americans to pray that President Donald J. Trump will resign from office or be expelled from office by a U.S. Senate trial based on articles of impeachment—and that such events will come sooner in his first term rather than later. There is no way I, John, or any other authentic Christian is going to pray for this man to be successful in implementing the evil agenda that Trump is pursuing—while Satan-led sycophants (like you) who claim to be Christians are egging Trump on to do as much evil as possible for them—including blowing up the entire world with nuclear weapons so you can get your sorry ass “raptured” out of here while billions of people die horrifying deaths so you can get early personal spiritual pleasure and gratification.

      Do I make myself perfectly clear? If not, you can go here for more detail and clarity:

      https://faith17983.wordpress.com/

    • Admit you think Trump is God’s gift to America and stop trying to be clever.

      If John prefaced every post with a paragraph saying he prays for these sinners and hypocrites, you’d claim he was lying.

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