As Super Tuesday transitioned into Wacked Out Wednesday, I found my Twitter feed and Facebook chock-full of posts admonishing Christians for supporting rogue republican presidential candidate Donald J. Trump.
Mr. Trump has been and is still far ahead of his competition. Trump has been the candidate of choice among self-described Christian voters from both parties as well as independents. Many voices across social media have expressed their belief that Trump and his supporters do not act like Christians and should therefore not call themselves such.
I follow pop culture politics the way some folks follow sports. I do not assign myself to either party. No GOP’s or DNC’s. I can’t identify with any one size fits all philosophy. I’m no liberal, I’m no conservative. The only label I wear proudly is that I am a Christian. I allow myself this label because there was a moment in my life when I absolutely surrendered who I am to God and His Will.
That moment was indescribable. You wouldn’t believe me if I told you what I felt physically. You would dismiss me as a nut job if I shared with you what I heard internally. Nevertheless, it was a moment I will never forget because everything about me changed when He showed up and did what I asked for.
Following Christ’s examples and believing through faith that He was born through a miracle, crucified, died and resurrected is what makes me a Christian. Being saved didn’t mean that “shazaaam!” I had become perfect. The truth is that Christians are still a bunch of lousy sinners. I follow Him but could never come close to being as perfect as Him.
Christians aren’t better than you. We may love and worship Jesus but we’re still human. We make mistakes on a daily basis. We do things every single day that are a disappointment to God. Even when we know better, we still do stupid things we shouldn’t be doing.
One example of the finger wagging I read online was about how a young girl was treated as she was pushed and shoved out of a recent Trump rally for protesting. The Trump supporters were very nasty to the girl. Actually, it was shocking to watch. Grown men screaming in her face and basically assaulting her as they physically removed her from their presence.
Treating the girl that way was ridiculous. Christ wouldn’t have treated her that way. But if you expect His followers to be Christ like you’re going to be sorely disappointed.
Am I Christ like when I lose my temper in traffic and flip a bird at the offending driver?
Am I Christ like when I make a poor decision and have a few beers too many?
Am I Christ like when I buy that pack of cigarettes on the daily?
Am I Christ like when I watch a movie I wouldn’t sit and watch with Jesus?
Am I Christ like when I yell at my kids over homework?
No! No! A thousand times no! We worship false idols. We covet like it’s a prerequisite. We bear false witness. There’s millions of murderers, pre saving and post. Do we honor our parents? How are we doing on the whole stealing and adultery thing?
I’m not anything like Christ. I’m a weak human who feels guilt when I know I’ve offended God. Before I go to sleep every night, I ask God to forgive me for my shortcomings. I don’t deserve it but He always forgives me.
The Trump supporters that roughed up that young lady looked foolish. They looked stupid. They should be ashamed of themselves. They let their anger turn into a violent rage but for me or anyone to assume they were Christians was wrong. How would we know what they believed in unless we asked them? Are you telling me there aren’t atheists that are plugging for Trump?
If you assume that you can’t be a Christian and an idiot at the same time, you have a poor understanding of Christianity and the struggle to be one. Loving Christ doesn’t erase our humanity and our propensity to fail.
Being a jerk is a characteristic of humans from every religion.