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Christians should not have supported Trump

Published 21/11/2016

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According to exit polls, more than 80% of white, evangelical and born-again Christians voted for Donald Trump in the US Presidential election.

As a humanist, I am puzzled and depressed by this information.

I thought that there was much common ground between humanism and Christianity, but I may have been mistaken. I assumed that Christians, like humanists, sought to teach the young that lying is wrong.

Didn't Jesus say, "Ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free" (John 8:32)?

Yet a compulsive liar has just been rewarded with the top job in America.

According to the truth-checker group Politifact, Trump's statements during the campaign were false 76% of the time.

Like humanists, Christians, surely, are kind, compassionate and welcome strangers and minorities?

Didn't Jesus say that you should "love your neighbour as yourself" (Luke 10:27)?

And didn't Paul say, "In that renewal there is no longer Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave and free; but Christ is all and in all" (Colossians 3:11)?

Yet Trump has said, or implied, that women should be punished for having abortions, the death penalty should be extended nationwide, Muslims should be banned from entering the United States, Mexican immigrants are mostly rapists and murderers, and a wall should be built between the US and Mexico.

Who knows what the real Trump is like.

In John 7:24, we are told that we should "judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment".

If this means that we should judge in relation to the image of Jesus, then Trump is a long way behind.

If it means that we should look behind outward appearances, then we may have to wait and see what his presidency will be like.

So far, though, Donald Trump does not appear to be at all Christian - or humanist.

Why, then, did so many Christians vote for him?

BRIAN McCLINTON

Lisburn, Co Antrim

Belfast Telegraph

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