In 2012, Republican evangelicals and conservative Christians were told that we were “electing a president and not a pastor,” so voting for a wealthy, cultured, supposed conservative, who modeled our “family values” but whose Mormon faith was identified by many as a cult, was okay. Just deal with it!
Now, for the 2016 election, the party’s religiously-concerned members are being told by the current front runner’s supporters that we should get behind an unrepentant Presbyterian, whose favorite pastor (Norman Vincent Peal) died more than two decades ago. Although he claims to be Pro-life and the Bible to be his favorite book, he won’t or can’t quote a single verse from it.
Currently, nearly one in four of every likely Republican voter seems to be behind billionaire Donald Trump.
Frank Bruni’s recent article in The New York Times says polls show the flamboyant, alleged-misogynic tycoon to be “the preferred candidate among not just all Republican voters, but also the party’s vocal evangelical subset. He’s more beloved than Mike Huckabee, a former evangelical pastor, or Ted Cruz, an evangelical pastor’s son, or Scott Walker, who said during the first Republican debate: ‘It’s only by the blood of Jesus Christ that I’ve been redeemed.’”
Now, Donald Trump is nearing 70 and his children are ready to take over various aspects of the Trump Empire. Donald is looking for new challenges. Having toyed with the possibility of running for political office in years past, he has now made the jump to become the first self-funded, Republican candidate for the office of President of the United States.
Is our nation ready for an arrogant, authoritative leader, whose pompous words and pompadour hair we have not heard or seen before in modern politics?
More importantly, let us fervently pray that God’s design and desires will “be done on earth, as…in heaven.” (Matthew 6:9b)