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Our God of Truth vs the Liar-in-Chief

This is a follow-up to “Is Donald Trump Really a Christian?

The God we serve is one of TRUTH

Jesus replied, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
John 14:6 (NET)

For everyone who does evil deeds hates the light and does not come to the light, so that their deeds will not be exposed. But the one who practices the truth comes to the light, so that it may be plainly evident that his deeds have been done in God.
John 3:20-21 (NET)

and LOVE

Dear friends, let us love one another, because love is from God, and everyone who loves has been fathered by God and knows God. The person who does not love does not know God, because God is love.
1 John 4:7-8 (NET)

“Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?” Jesus said to him, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. The second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.‘ All the law and the prophets depend on these two commandments.”
Matthew 22:36-40 (NET)


Then he will say to those on his left, “Depart from me, you accursed, into the eternal fire that has been prepared for the devil and his angels! For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink. I was a stranger and you did not receive me as a guest, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.”

Then they too will answer, “Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not give you whatever you needed?” Then he will answer them, “I tell you the truth, just as you did not do it for one of the least of these, you did not do it for me.” And these will depart into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.
Matt 25:41-46 (NET)


Reject a divisive person after one or two warnings. You know that such a person is twisted by sin and is conscious of it himself.
Titus 3:10-11 (NET)

Finally, all of you be harmonious, sympathetic, affectionate, compassionate, and humble. Do not return evil for evil or insult for insult, but instead bless others because you were called to inherit a blessing. For,

the one who wants to love life and see good days must keep his tongue from evil and his lips from uttering deceit.

And he must turn away from evil and do good;

he must seek peace and pursue it.

For the eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous and his ears are open to their prayer.

But the Lord’s face is against those who do evil.

1 Peter 3:8-12 (NET)

Donald Trump, on the other hand, used bankruptcy laws to steal tens of millions of dollars from his employees and contractors, and stole from them a second time by refusing to pay taxes, forcing them to pay his fair share. He also encourages his followers to hate all Muslims because of the actions of a few terrorists, but handwaves away the same complaints made against whites who commit acts of terror in the name of Christianity.

From that and many, many other things he has done and said it is blindingly clear that of all the things that Donald Trump is – reality TV star, thief, liar, sexual predator, hypocrite, thin-skinned egomaniac – one thing he most certainly is not is a Christian.

Now obviously the fact that he isn’t a Christian doesn’t make him unqualified to be President. I regularly thank God that America isn’t a theocracy, and pray that it doesn’t become one. Trump’s faith – or the total lack thereof – has no bearing on whether or not he is qualified to do the job. But…

  • The fact that he tells very public and obvious lies and expects people to believe him does show that he is unqualified.
  • The fact that he throws very public hissy fits every time anyone calls him out on one of those lies or disagrees with him in any way does show that he is unqualified.
  • The fact that he refuses to even talk to anyone who doesn’t agree with him does show that he is unqualified. Among our closest friends are Pagans, atheists, Jews, and who knows what else. Also among them are Republicans, Democrats, Conservatives, and Liberals, and I’m an Moderate Independent with mostly Conservative leanings. I value their opinions as they value mine. The refusal to even listen to anyone else’s viewpoint is immature, egomaniacal, and very un-Christ-like.
  • The fact that he pretends to be a Christian in order to use people’s faith in God to trick them into trusting him does show that he is unqualified – and a world-class hypocrite.
  • The fact that he is comfortable being publicly supported by white supremacists and other hate groups does show that he is unqualified – and a complete moral vacuum.
  • The fact that he thinks dictators like Vladimir Putin – who have government-run media companies tasked with keeping the masses ignorant and under control by only showing them his “alternate facts” – are great democratic leaders does show that he is unqualified.
    • That is precisely why Trump fights so hard to discourage his followers from seeking the truth about anything – he doesn’t want them to learn the truth about him or what’s really going on in the world.

I’ll let Jesus Himself wrap this up with the words He spoke to another group of people who refused to see the plain truth standing in front of them:

If you continue to follow my teaching, you are really my disciples and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.

Why don’t you understand what I am saying? It is because you cannot accept my teaching. You people are from your father the devil, and you want to do what your father desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not uphold the truth, because there is no truth in him. Whenever he lies, he speaks according to his own nature, because he is a liar and the father of lies. But because I am telling you the truth, you do not believe me. Who among you can prove me guilty of any sin? If I am telling you the truth, why don’t you believe me? The one who belongs to God listens and responds to God’s words. You don’t listen and respond, because you don’t belong to God.
John 8:31-32, 43-47 (NET)

The True Meaning of Christmas

To get it out of the way: there is no “war on Christmas.” Our Christian forebears decided to adapt the existing “pagan” Yule and Winter Solstice festivities to the celebration of the birth of Christ even though He was born in warmer weather. While Jesus is certainly my reason for the season, that is not true for everyone.

So if Jesus isn’t what Christmas is all about, then what is? Ask a dozen people and you may get two dozen answers, but there are two things at the root of the winter holiday season all over the world.

The first is simply spending time with the people you love. We have huge meals, parties, and widespread families like mine traveling sometimes long distances in order to spend a few days together. Even if it’s just a newlywed couple or a few single friends taking a day off just to hang out, the crucial thing is time – time with the people we love most, or with those who need our love the most, which leads in to the other common element that binds us.

The second universal theme is the spirit of giving, as personified by Santa Claus. “Old City Bar” (yt) from Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s first album Christmas Eve and Other Stories demonstrates it really well, and as a result remains one of my favorite Christmas songs even two decades later. The album is about an angel who is sent to Earth to find something to give God to show what Jesus’ birth means to people two millennia later.

(Bit of trivia: One place he visits is war-torn Sarajevo during the events of Savatage’s Dead Winter Dead, which tells of the civil war of the early ’90s, and is the origin of TSO’s most famous song, “Christmas Eve (Sarajevo 12/24)”. Even if you don’t like metal, DWD is worth a listen just for its message.)

The angel finally makes his way to NYC on Christmas Eve, where a girl stands in the snow next to a payphone across the street from the titular bar. The bartender, encouraged by the angel disguised as a child, empties the register then crosses the street. After talking to the girl for a minute, he gives her the money and puts her in a cab to JFK airport. Back inside he is so changed a man that drinks are on the house for the rest of the night.

The part that makes it so special is this:

If you want to arrange it
This world you can change it
If we could somehow make this
Christmas thing last

By helping a neighbor
Or even a stranger
And to know who needs help
You need only just ask

Imagine what the world would be like if we really could “make this Christmas thing last”.

Is Donald Trump Really a Christian?

If you are voting for Donald Trump because he is a Christian, I have some bad news for you: he’s not.

For we too were once foolish, disobedient, misled, enslaved to various passions and desires, spending our lives in evil and envy, hateful and hating one another.
1 Titus 3:3 (NET)

Trump made millions from the collapse of his casinos, but everyone else involved lost money – worst of all, his employees, who trusted him. That’s the epitome of greed, envy, and the misleading of people. And his hatred and enslavement to passion should be obvious to anyone.

Even worse:

Whoever has the world’s possessions and sees his fellow Christian in need and shuts off his compassion against him, how can the love of God reside in such a person?
1 John 3:17 (NET)

If any of those employees were Christians, the Bible makes it clear that Trump’s attitude towards them proves that he has no love for God… or anyone else.

If anyone says “I love God” and yet hates his fellow Christian, he is a liar, because the one who does not love his fellow Christian whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen.
1 John 4:20 (NET)

Everyone who hates his fellow Christian is a murderer
1 John 3:15a (NET)

The one who loves his fellow Christian resides in the light, and there is no cause for stumbling in him. But the one who hates his fellow Christian is in the darkness, walks in the darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes.
1 John 2:10 (NET)

Did you know that the vast majority of illegal immigrants are Christians? Trump clearly hates them, and encourages his followers to do the same. Once again, the Bible makes it clear that such a person is not a follower of Jesus.

I will leave you with the most important lesson Jesus ever taught us, which is one Trump needs to learn. It sums up all of the Old Testament law into two simple rules, simultaneously summing up what it really means to be a Christian.

“Which commandment is the most important of all?” Jesus answered, “The most important is: ‘Listen, Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ The second is: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”
Mark 12:28b-31 (NET)

There is now a follow-up to this article, “Our God of Truth vs the Liar-in-Chief