“Presidential candidate and South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg said during his interview with USA Today that it is hard to look at the actions of President Donald Trump and think he believes in God.
`I`m reluctant to comment on another person`s faith, but I would say it is hard to look at this president`s actions and believe that they`re the actions of somebody who believes in God,` Buttigieg said.
`I just don`t understand how you can be as worshipful of your own self as he is and be prepared to humble yourself before God. I`ve never seen him humble himself before anyone. And the exaltation of yourself, especially a self that`s about wealth and power, could not be more at odds with at least my understanding of the teachings of the Christian faith,` he added.”
White evangelicals worship Donald Trump as the Messiah appointed by the Almighty to make America Great Again by restoring our nation to a time when Christianity ruled supreme, minorities knew their place, and women realized that their greatest contribution to society was having babies.
I certainly don`t view the short-fingered vulgarian as a Messiah or even a particularly religious person.
Politicians, especially during a campaign, consider commenting on another politician`s faith the third rail of politics.
But Mayor Pete, no fool, rushes in where angels fear to tread. He points out that the emperor isn`t wearing a stich of clothing, and certainly not a clerical collar. Mayor Pete is spot on, it`s hard to consider Trump`s racist comments, mean-spirited tweets, and evil policies, and come to the conclusion that he believes in God.
The essence of Christianity is to love God and to love your neighbor as you love yourself, and the Gospels elaborate that neighbors include social outcasts, the poor and strangers in the land (immigrants). Trump may love his neighbors who live in his tony zip code, but he expresses nothing but disdain and disgust for the working class and poor.
To be a Christian means to humble yourself before a deity who`s omnipotent and omniscient, and Trump a most imperfect man doesn`t humble himself before anyone or anything.
I don`t care for a politician who wears his religion on his sleeve, but by the same token liberals shouldn`t cede Christianity to white evangelicals.
White evangelicals pervert the teachings of the Bible and dedicate themselves to preaching against abortion and homosexuality. The Bible is silent on the subject of abortion, and Jesus didn`t have Jack to say about homosexuality.
I consider Mayor Pete`s humanitarian immigration policy, his health plan that benefits the poor and sick, and his gracious demeanor and I say to myself: Now there`s a real Christian.