After Guilty Verdict, Can Christians Still Support Donald Trump?

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“How can you follow Jesus and Donald Trump?” Many are not following a man; they are shaping a movement.

A better, biblical question to be asking is this: What direction is the country heading?

The short answer to the original question is “Absolutely, especially after a sham trial that resembles Venezuela more than America.”

Confrontation Over Character

If a leader lacks Christian character but is pointing the nation back to God, is that a bad thing? If they are being a terror to terrorists and making America secure, is that a bad thing? 

If they are honoring hard work and minimizing free handouts, is that a bad thing? If they are fighting the global agenda to enslave America, is that a bad thing? 

God doesn’t judge a nation based on the character of one man; He judges it based on the spiritual health of its people—from corrupt Balaam to ungodly kings in the Old Testament—if they direct the people back to God, it can be a good thing.

Reality Check

Not voting for Trump is a vote against what needs to happen in this nation. We can’t allow personal pain or flawed character to have national consequences. 

We’re not playing games anymore—serious things are on the line that have massive consequences. We need to wake up. There is no Plan B. I don’t believe that any other candidate could carry trump’s momentum.

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Bursting at the Border

Christians love refugees and immigrants and are eager to help with food, lodging and jobs. But at the national level, the president must put the safety and provision of the American people first. 

When an airplane loses cabin pressure, parents put on their oxygen masks first to better assist their child. This isn’t selfishness; it’s wisdom. 

Opening the borders parallels cabin pressure falling and a limited supply of masks. Our law enforcement officers could not sustain the load, nor could our nation. Let’s streamline the process and welcome God-fearing immigrants and have them contribute to society so everyone benefits. But the truth is we may have more enemies than friendlies crossing the border.

Who Is Influencing You?

The majority of news outlets spin everything (yes, everything) to put Trump in a bad light. Their hatred for him trumps the truth. Their agenda is simple and clear: Remove him from office at any cost. And I hope you realize this: They are really coming after you, me and our  Christian values.

The push toward open borders is more about votes than truly helping people, hence the mainstream media’s silence on this issue. 

Open borders would be like me telling my kids to leave their windows open in case a stranger needs a warm night’s sleep. That would be severe parental neglect because many harmful things could also enter through those open windows. Open borders would parallel that type of irresponsibility. 

Don’t Confuse Me With the Facts

In addition, our financial system cannot support people flooding in who need assistance. How is that using wisdom? It’s not a matter of whether this type of financial irresponsibility causes damage but when and how much. There is a better way, but our leaders must repent and seek God for wisdom.

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Most critics don’t care what the facts are. Their hatred for the president overshadows their desperate need for humility. Let this sink in: innocent children were being protected, godly counsel was surrounding President Trump, terror was being restrained, good judges were being selected, socialism was being resisted, families were being encouraged via employment (Black employment was at an all-time high), prayer was being brought back in schools, God’s wisdom was being sought and on and on it goes. 

Rough but Tough

So again, we are not following a man, we are revitalizing a movement—a movement back to God. I’m more concerned with our nation’s national character than I am with the president’s personal character.

An analogy that I often use will bring this point home. The head of a neighborhood watch program, who took the late-night watches, had previously had an affair. He was occasionally gruff and impulsive, and sometimes his words were crass and offensive, but he watched over the neighborhood diligently each night.

Each week he invited church leaders into his home to pray for him and his family and to seek their advice. He often stood against others on the committee who wanted to enact policies harmful to the neighborhood and to the children, such as advocating an open-door policy where residents were required to allow anyone into their homes at all hours of the day for handouts. 

Results Matter to the Intellectually Honest 

Is this not the kind of person you would want leading your neighborhood watch? Does his past or his demeanor matter more than the results he is accomplishing? If you are intellectually honest, the answer is not difficult. In the same way, the answer is simple for America. 

Again, we are not voting for people based on how godly they are; we are voting for the future direction of America: the right to life, the elevation of God’s Word back to its proper place, the appointment of conservative judges, securing America and her borders, creating jobs and improving the quality of life for all Americans.

The Middle Ground Is Gone

I will close with what I stated before: We can’t have our cake and eat it too—there is no middle ground for Christians today. You can choose a president who who would seek to destroy the America we know and lead us down the primrose path of socialism—or worse. Or you can choose to back President Trump. 

For those who say they won’t be voting, your silence speaks volumes. Be clear on that. Saying nothing is saying something.

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Shane Idleman is the founder and lead pastor of Westside Christian Fellowship in Southern California. More can be found at ShaneIdleman.com, and free downloads of his books are available at WCFAV.org. Visit him on Facebook and subscribe to his new podcast.  

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