By J. Andrew Daugherty
Now that President Trump has been acquitted by the Senate GOP, the time is now for Christians of all non secular and political stripes to launch an ethical impeachment in opposition to him. If since his acquittal he believes that he can break the legislation and do and say no matter he needs with impunity, the authorized grounds for eradicating this president have develop into secondary to the ethical and moral grounds.
The U.S. Structure units forth the governing ideas of the nation. Politicians rightly invoke the spirit of our nation’s founders to honor their responsibility to protect, defend and defend the Structure. Their failure to take action can spell the distinction between democracy and dictatorship; the rule of legislation or the legislation of the ruler; the widespread good of all or the particular advantages of the few.
Christianity has a Structure, too. The Sermon on the Mount is a dwelling doc imbued with the spirit and knowledge of its founder, Jesus. It units forth the non secular foundations of the religion. Jesus teaches, “Blessed are the poor and the poor in spirit. Blessed are those that mourn. Blessed are those that starvation and thirst for righteousness. Blessed are those that are persecuted falsely (for doing what is true or for being who they’re).”
It’s as profound for what it does say as a lot as for what it doesn’t say. What it doesn’t say is, “Blessed are the conceited. Blessed are those that starvation and thirst for political energy at any price. Blessed are those that bully these blessed ones.”
As a substitute, it’s charged with each protest for these the world calls “winners” and blessing for these the world calls “losers.” It conveys a non secular indictment on morally damaging behaviors irrespective of the place they could be discovered — whether or not on this planet, God’s home or the White Home.
Lately, those Trump mocks as pitiful, mournful and the “losers” (ladies, folks of shade, immigrants and refugees, Jews, Muslims, individuals with disabilities) are those Jesus praises as being the “blessed ones.”
Trump’s scapegoating of the weak is as vicious as his hijacking of Christianity is vile. Trump has bullied the blessed lengthy sufficient.
A latest commercial from conservative-led The Lincoln Challenge takes goal at this extreme disassociation between the sacred teachings of Jesus and Trump’s profane phrases. Add to this that Trump lies or misleads the American public 22 occasions per day (a lie for nearly each hour of the day), and all of it provides as much as being an impeachable offense to the structure of Christ’s gospel. If that is the “most biblical president in historical past,” as some evangelicals consider, then God save us all certainly.
Trump fancies himself a secure genius, however his non secular I.Q. is zero. It’s not faux information that’s the downside. It’s his faux religion. He desecrates the integrity of Christianity each time he denigrates ladies, folks of shade, immigrants and refugees, individuals with disabilities, and even his political enemies, as he did on the latest Nationwide Prayer Breakfast.
Lest ministers like me be criticized for being “too political,” it’s instructive that Jesus himself was not politically impartial. He took up the reason for ladies and youngsters, the poor and immigrants. He had a penchant for calling out political figures, too. He referred to elitist spiritual leaders and ruthless political leaders as “foxes, snakes, and brood of vipers.” He taught that phrases reveal what’s in an individual’s coronary heart.
Jesus offers scathing rebuke to these whose phrases are out of joint with their behaviors. For the love of God and the widespread good, it’s time for his followers to observe swimsuit and provide ethical indictment of a commander-in-chief commandeering Christianity’s founder to advance his political agenda. It has clearly develop into a logical and non secular fallacy that one can pledge political allegiance to the anti-Christian language and spirit of Donald Trump and declare non secular allegiance to the gospel of Jesus Christ.
At President Trump’s inauguration on January 20, 2017, evangelical Rev. Samuel Rodriguez stood as much as the rostrum for the prayer of invocation and easily learn the Beatitudes (the opening phrases of the Sermon on the Mount) and sat down.
It’s now time to revisit those self same phrases of knowledge that served as an invocation and allow them to be a benediction on this spiritually fraudulent president.
The Gospel of St. Matthew says, “By your phrases you can be acquitted, and by your phrases you can be condemned.” Donald Trump’s phrases say all of it.
Rev. J. Andrew Daugherty is senior pastor of Pine Road Church in Boulder.
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