Donald Trump Did Not Die for My Sins
by Michael Brown
I was scheduled to be on CNN this week to debate another commentator about evangelicals and President Donald Trump. Due to breaking news, though, the debate was cancelled. Had I been on the air, I planned to make this point: With all respect to our president, and with my appreciation for the good things he has done, he did not die for my sins, and I have not staked my soul’s salvation on his reputation. That distinction belongs to Jesus the Messiah, and to Jesus alone.
Why the need to state something that is so totally self-evident?
It’s because we evangelicals are being judged on the character and accomplishments of our president, rather than on the character and accomplishments of our Lord. Hence the need to remind a watching world that there is only one Savior, and His name is not Trump.
Unfortunately, in large part due to the media’s anti-Trump frenzy, if you dared to vote for Trump, — or if you’ve even spoken positive word on his behalf — you are considered complicit in his every failing, be it an adulterous affair in his past or an inappropriate tweet in the present. Wherever Trump is guilty (or perceived to be guilty), you are guilty with him. And if you dared endorse him, you have committed the unpardonable sin.
One of my ministry school grads was having a conversation with a stranger while they waited in line at an event. The conversation turned spiritual, and my former student began to share his faith. The stranger asked him, “Did you vote for Trump?” When he said yes, the man refused to talk anymore. Jesus was not the issue; Trump was…
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