Donald Trump: Politics, religion and morality
Several months ago at the Family Leadership Summit in Iowa and later during an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper, presidential candidate Donald Trump declared that he had never felt it necessary to ask God for forgiveness and could not recall ever having done so.
Trump describes himself as a “very good Christian.” But such a declaration raises a conundrum for any thinking member of the U.S. electorate who has even the most fundamental grasp of one’s entrance into the Christian faith.
Protestant evangelicals the world over know that the first step in one’s profession of the Christian faith is the confession of one’s sins and the seeking of forgiveness for those sins via the crucified and risen Christ. As a new follower of the faith, Christians are admonished in the New Testament scriptures to daily seek pardon for wrong deeds and thoughts. Apparently Mr. Trump sees himself as a very special case and not at all like the rest of we sinners.
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Or could it be something far more subtle and serious that few have been willing to contemplate?
To be immoral, one must have a set of moral principles, a moral compass by which one measures his or her life and actions.
If one is amoral, one is neither moral nor immoral. From where I view Mr. Trump, he has no moral compass. His guiding principles are whatever it takes to win. Promoting hate and division is not evil if it aides your cause to be on top.
We should not be surprised that one who uses the Christian faith as a stepping stone for political gain would, in past years, keep copies of Adolf Hitler’s most famous speeches on his night stand (a former wife said this). Forget Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount. Who would buy that stuff? Too soft. Too compassionate.
My fear is we are being duped by a con artist and will soon be hearing the throngs of Trump worshipers crying out, “Long live Trump.”
Our free country must remain vigilant
In America, President Theodore Roosevelt called us a “nation of immigrants,” and we know we have rights guaranteed to all our citizens. We’ve even granted certain rights to persons who have entered our country illegally.
We certainly aren’t a perfect country; we have corrupt politicians, gangs, an outrageous black-on-black murder rate, homeless persons and an economy that resembles a heart monitor. But we’re free.
I don’t condone the gay lifestyle, but no one deserves to be slaughtered by a cowardly terrorist in my country. During my law enforcement career, I have probably helped persons of all faiths, backgrounds, the elderly, the homeless, gays, kids, etc. I and all other first responders will continue to do so.
I served in the military to safeguard the freedoms that I, my family, friends and people I don’t even know enjoy. All those in our military will continue to safeguard those freedoms.
We must all be very vigilant. Don’t live as a shut-in or as a victim; live and show would-be terrorists that we come from hearty stock, that we won’t back down, that we won’t be afraid to exercise our rights of speech and religion. Help good American Muslims to not be afraid of reprisals.
These Islamic extremists are cowards and try to destroy an American spirit that can’t and won’t be broken. Whether liberal or conservative and regardless of race, sex or religion, we have to stand strong and be vigilant against a very violent enemy.