Trump / Clinton 2016 … WWJD?

posterwwjd2This has been a presidential election for the record books. Full of first and unprecedented moments. Both political parties running candidates that leave much to be desired. We’ve all seen and heard the GOP’s candidate in all his glory. Over the last 25 years or so, the Republican party was owned and operated by the religious right. Groups like Family First and the Moral Majority had become household terms. These Christian political leaders bullied they’re way through Washington for years, while helping shape government policy on many social and economic issues. They sold America the narrative of these evangelical leaders serving God before anything else… before self, and before country. And they deeply planted the idea of Right Wing/Republican moral superiority to the American people. For years this model worked wonders for the GOP. Over time, many leaders of the evangelic movement were outed by the media and police for being phony political hacks full of nothing but rhetoric. Even after we could all see the obvious political motives covered by the thin vale of religious moral values. Every four years the GOP would wrap it’s self in it’s moral blanket. As if they owned some kind of moral high ground on the Democrats. After years of the public hearing this hollow rhetoric, they could see that the moral high ground was actually only a bully pulpit.

I personally don’t believe there is any room in politics for religion. I firmly believe in the separation of the church and state. So, I don’t see a need for a religious leader or group to endorse any political candidate. But if they choose to do so, one would think that they would endorse a candidate that reflected the religious beliefs and moral compass of that leader or group… Well, not so fast. Now we have this very little orange man making outlandish statements of hate, and fear while running for office of the POTUS. He prays on the insecurities of the gullible. Never showing any desire to bring people together. It’s all about “the Mexicans”… “the Muslims”… or “the Blacks”… referring to these groups people as if they were some kind of Monolith. And then you have the recent firestorm with the developments of the Billy Bush tape, and numerous women making a variety of accusations about Trump’s predatorily behavior.

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David Lane, the leader of the American Renewal organization, wrote an email to pastors arguing that Trump is the obvious choice given the alternative.

“The choice facing America is not the lesser of two evils, but who will inflict the least damage to freedom and liberty,” Lane said in the message:

Between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, this is an easy choice. What and how will Mr. Trump do? I don’t have a clue. But with Hillary we do know, the progressives that she will stack on the Supreme Court alone will set-back America for a century. … Codifying transgender bathrooms rights will only be the beginning of nine unelected and unaccountable justices imposing a godless agenda, tearing America apart brick-by-brick.

Lane sends such messages occasionally on behalf of American Renewal, which encourages Christian conservatives nationwide to become politically active.

“I’m going to choose to believe that Donald Trump can be one of the top four presidents in American history,” he wrote. “But the proof is in the eating of the pudding, and Mr. Trump is going to have to return to the Ronald Reagan model: running and governing on ‘principle’ and ‘moral absolutes.’ ”

Let that soak in… “Top Four Presidents“…”Principle” … “Moral Absolutes

trumpxWhat in the heck has Mr. Lane been smoking?

So, what would Trump have to do or say for someone like Mr. Lane to pull their endorsement?

After the Billy Bush tape, Trump did loose some endorsements, and even GOP support. But the overwhelming majority of Trump supporters and endorsements have not changed.

Here is a list of National (White) Religious Leaders that endorse Donald Trump;

Shmuley Boteach, Orthodox Jewish rabbi, author, TV host and public speaker
C.L. Bryant, Baptist minister, radio and television host
Mark Burns, pastor and co-founder of the South Carolina-based Christian TV network, The NOW Network
James Dobson, evangelical Christian author, psychologist, and founder of Focus on the Family
Jerry Falwell Jr., president of Liberty University
Jim Garlow, pastor of Skyline Church
John Hagee, founder and senior pastor of Cornerstone Church and CEO of Global Evangelism Television
Robert Jeffress, pastor of First Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas
James F. Linzey, ordained minister in the Southern Baptist Convention
Mike Murdock, singer-songwriter, televangelist and pastor of the Wisdom Center ministry
Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life
Ralph E. Reed Jr., conservative activist, former director of the Christian Coalition, founder of the Faith and Freedom Coalition, and 2006 Republican candidate for Lieutenant Governor of Georgia
Paula White, televangelist

How do these folks square their beliefs with his actions and the things he has said about women?

Doesn’t the support of the most non-Christian Presidential Candidate ever draw into question to the legitimacy of their religious beliefs and the authenticity of the groups and organizations they operate?

Donald Trump represents nothing about the teachings of Christianity. He is a ego driven, white privileged, con artist. He is in the midst of the largest hustle of all time. And once again, the religious right is asleep at the wheel.

Donald TrumpSo… What Would Jesus Do?

That is up for debate I guess.

But one thing I do know…

If Jesus showed up at a Donald Trump rally he would have his dark skinned, long haired, robe wearing ass beat by Trump supporters!

 

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