Donald Trump epitomizes everything that is messed up with the modern American psyche.
Arrogant, greedy, tone deaf, self absorbed, incurious, emotionally stunted, bullying, contemptuous of those less fortunate or different than him, proudly clueless, gleefully ignorant: Trump takes all these traits to their furthest absurdity.
And a good chunk of the American electorate is eating up; they are looking at his trainwreck of a political campaign and seeing themselves standing there in that ridiculous white hat, saying the things they think but that us liberals supposedly won’t let them say.
The saddest part of this whole thing is that to be leading any GOP nomination poll, a candidate must be garnering a good chunk of the conservative evangelical Christian vote. Somehow, someway, a portion of American Christians, that portion who exclaims loudly that they are the best followers of Jesus and do everything with God in mind, are looking at Donald Trump and seeing the best fulfillment of Christ among this years candidates.
If that doesn’t illustrate the spiritual bankruptcy of modern American evangelical conservative Christianity, then I don’t know what does.
Christ wouldn’t demonize immigrants who want a better opportunity in life by classifying them all as druggies, rapists, and murderers.
He wouldn’t view committed, nursing mothers as disgusting.
He wouldn’t paint all observant, peaceful Muslims as terrorists and dangers to society.
He wouldn’t consistently demean women and conduct himself like a general misogynist.
He wouldn’t dismiss the less fortunate in our society as being losers just because they weren’t bequeathed a multimillion dollar real estate empire by their daddies.
Basically, Donald Trump, politician, is everything that Jesus very emphatically and actively wasn’t.
Listen, I’m always very leery of making claims around who I think Jesus would or wouldn’t vote for. I avoid invoking the endorsement of Jesus in any political commitment I make or express. I see committed, authentic Christians on both sides of the political divides, people who honestly believe their faith pulls them in that direction. And I think one of the defining characteristics of Jesus was that he worked outside the existing power structures, and that he very explicitly wouldn’t have aligned with either political party, or any contemporary political movement.
But I make an exception for certain candidates and political ideas. I feel very confident in saying that I really, really don’t think Jesus would identify with Donald Trump, and that it is near impossible to be both a follower of Jesus and a Trump supporter. The world views of the two men are just much too diametrically opposed.
A lot of conservatives decry today’s culture and long publicly for a return to a “simpler” time. I can sympathize with this attitude when it comes to things like integrity and honor and respect. These folks are generally looking for a political candidate they feel can take them back to that better day, who can restore America to a supposed halcyon moment that has long since passed.
But if you feel our country is headed in the wrong direction and support Donald Trump as an answer, then you are just advocating to return to a time when women and minorities were treated like shit. You aren’t voting for a politer, simpler, more Christian America. You are voting for bigotry and bluster and proud stupidity.
But, as I always like to say, we get what we vote for, or more accurately, what we don’t bother to get out and vote for.