Christian friends: If you support Trump, it is a pastoral problem for me.
You are increasing the danger – the fear and threat – in which a significant percentage of my Christian friends, including my congregation, live.
- those whose skin is darker (a little or a lot),
- all of the women,
- those with Jewish heritage,
- Muslims, or people who might be Muslim,
- those a little less “conservative” than others,
- any who have had abortions,
- any who have been active homosexually
- etc. etc.
The threat reaches almost everyone
– whoever Trump feels like singling out on any given occasion!
Trump’s “ministry” is stirring up anger and hasty judgment. He is in fact stirring up hate. He is deliberately increasing the danger we all live in. And it is a Gospel matter.
How can it be wise to stir up hate – to increase danger? How can it be Christian to stir up anger? Threat leads to violence – hate leads to hurt.
How can it be good for society for prominent persons to broadcast threats when Jesus said that people would know we are disciples by our LOVE?
I am making a ministry argument, a Gospel argument.
Seriously. I am not making a political argument.
It is vigorously un-Christian to approve the stirring up of anger and danger and hate against our fellow citizens. Please do not encourage or justify hate. Some of our brothers and sisters in Christ already have a target on them, just because of their skin color. Trump’s rhetoric increases the visibility of those targets. Please do not support making those targets even bigger. Do not encourage the haters.
[See also: Voting for Contempt and Hate? and This Christian Will Vote Neither Trump nor Clinton.]
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