Why Christians Cannot Vote For Donald Trump

jesus-or-trumpLet’s get the obvious stuff out of the way. Whatever your brand of Christianity, whatever your political views or your placement on the continuum between conservative and liberal – if you call yourself a Christian, you are calling yourself a follower of Jesus Christ. You are professing to believe in Jesus Christ as God Incarnate, whatever that means to you. You claim to hold the words of Jesus Christ as the ultimate example of spoken truth. It is neither my intention nor my right to judge your beliefs, but you cannot call yourself a Christian unless the words of Christ carry more weight for you than any others.

There are numerous excellent articles online (some of which are linked below) questioning whether Christians can, or should, support Donald Trump. The problem is that arguments generate counter-arguments, and Trump supporters overwhelmingly base their counter-arguments on falsehoods posted as “news” on conspiracy-theory sites like Breitbart. So you will not find opinions, arguments, or persuasions here, only a list of quotes by Jesus Christ, in red, and Donald Trump, in black. They are incompatible. You can make excuses or rationalize all you like, but the words stand. “For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.” – Jesus Christ, Matthew 12:34

Biblical quotes are from the English Standard Version (ESV).

Money

“No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.” – Jesus Christ, Matthew 6:24

“The point is, you can never be too greedy.” -Donald Trump

“I have made the tough decisions, always with an eye toward the bottom line. Perhaps it’s time America was run like a business.” -Donald Trump

Repentance

“Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” – Jesus Christ, Matthew 4:17
“Why do I have to repent or ask for forgiveness, if I am not making mistakes?” -Donald Trump

Beatitudes (Matthew 5:1-12)

“Blessed are those who mourn.” – Jesus Christ
“I don’t like losers.” -Donald Trump
“Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.” – Jesus Christ
“Show me someone without an ego, and I’ll show you a loser.” -Donald Trump
“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.” – Jesus Christ
“Torture works.” -Donald Trump
“I would absolutely authorize something beyond waterboarding.” -Donald Trump
“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.” – Jesus Christ
(On political corruption) “If you can’t get rich dealing with politicians, there’s something wrong with you.” -Donald Trump
“You know, it doesn’t really matter what [the media] write as long as you’ve got a young and beautiful piece of ass.” -Donald Trump

Divorce and Infidelity

“It was also said, ‘Whoever divorces his wife, let him give her a certificate of divorce.’ But I say to you that everyone who divorces his wife, except on the ground of sexual immorality, makes her commit adultery, and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery.” – Jesus Christ, Matthew 5:31-32
“Often, I will tell friends whose wives are constantly nagging them about this or that that they’re better off leaving and cutting their losses. I’m not a great believer in always trying to work things out, because it just doesn’t happen that way.” -Donald Trump
“If I told the real stories of my experiences with women, often seemingly very happily married and important women, this book would be a guaranteed best-seller.” -Donald Trump

Revenge

“You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I say to you, Do not resist the one who is evil. But if anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. – Jesus Christ, Matthew 5:38-39

“If someone attacks you, do not hesitate. Go for the jugular.” -Donald Trump

“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven.” – Jesus Christ, Matthew 5:43-45

“When someone crosses you, my advice is ‘Get even!’ …I love getting even…Always get even. Go after people that go after you. Don’t let people push you around. Always fight back and always get even. ” -Donald Trump

Charity

“Thus, when you give to the needy, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be praised by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.” – Jesus Christ, Matthew 6:2-4

“I give to hundreds of charities and people in need of help.” “One hour. Six million dollars.” -Donald Trump

Wealth

“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” – Jesus Christ, Matthew 6:19-21

“Part of the beauty of me is that I am very rich.” -Donald Trump

“Romney — I have a Gucci store that’s worth more than Romney.” -Donald Trump

Parenting

“Or which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone?” – Jesus Christ, Matthew 7:9

“I like kids. I mean, I won’t do anything to take care of ‘em. I’ll supply funds, and she’ll take care of the kids.” -Donald Trump

Attitude towards children

“Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me.” – Jesus Christ, Matthew 18:5

“See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that in heaven their angels always see the face of my Father who is in heaven.” – Jesus Christ, Matthew 18:10

“I’ll look Syrian children in the face and say they can’t come.” -Donald Trump

Final Words

“What comes out of a person is what defiles him. For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, coveting, wickedness, deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride, foolishness. All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person.” – Jesus Christ, Mark 7:20-23

I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak.” – Jesus Christ, Matthew 12:36

I’ve been at this all day and there is so much more. Any readers who want more of the same would do well to have a look at this quiz, this Newsweek article, the Christianity Today article “Speak Truth to Trump”, and this excellent article by J.F. Terrell.

A final pair of quotes from the apostles Paul and Peter, both of whom spoke with Jesus Christ in person:

“For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God.” – 2 Timothy 3:2-4

“But as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, since it is written, ‘You shall be holy, for I am holy.’” – 1 Peter 1:15-16

God bless you and our world and the children who inherit it.