When I was working, we took some training in Stephen Covey’s Seven Habits for Highly Effective People. While I don’t remember a lot of it, one of the steps has stayed with me: “Seek first to understand.”
Sometimes that’s difficult…and it’s proving to be so for me in our current political climate. So that brings me to the point of this post…
I know I have friends who voted for and/or support Donald Trump as president. Why? This isn’t a “gotcha” question or the opening move in “who can post more talking points or memes to prove my rightness.” I really want to try to understand.
Especially if you consider yourself to be a follower of Jesus Christ…why?
What is there about this man that called to you?
I will freely admit that there are many aspects that turned me away from him:
- His history as a businessman of “stiffing” contractors out of money he had agreed to pay when he signed contracts with them.
- His adultery and infidelity.
- His seeming willingness to lump all members of a specific religion into the category of terrorists.
- His seeming willingness to categorize all members of a specific race as rapists.
- His belief that as a “star” he is entitled to do whatever he likes to women and they have no right to object.
- His use of divisive rhetoric.
- His lying (even when there is proof to the contrary).
- His unwillingness to share his tax returns (as every other president for the last 40 years has done), even though he said he would.
- His unwillingness to remove himself from his business dealings in order to avoid conflicts of interest.
These are certainly not all the things that concern me–but they are a start. So much of this goes against the values I hold and my understanding of what it means to follow Christ:
The good person out of the good treasure of the heart produces good, and the evil person out of evil treasure produces evil; for it is out of the abundance of the heart that the mouth speaks. (Luke 6:45)
When a foreigner resides among you in your land, do not mistreat them. The foreigner residing among you must be treated as your native-born. Love them as yourself, for you were foreigners in Egypt. (Leviticus 19:33-34)
Now this was the sin of your sister Sodom: She and her daughters were arrogant, overfed and unconcerned; they did not help the poor and needy. (Ezekiel 16:49)
I will be quick to testify against sorcerers, adulterers and perjurers, against those who defraud laborers of their wages, who oppress the widows and the fatherless, and deprive the foreigners among you of justice, but do not fear me,” says the Lord Almighty. (Malachi 3:5)
For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ (Matthew 25:25-36)
So…please help me understand. Why Trump?