Has Donald Trump Killed Christianity in America?

Let me be perfectly clear about Christianity.

Christianity is about one man – Jesus Christ.

It is not about Donald Trump, Joe Biden or any political party.

Over the past four years I have been disgusted as I have witnessed Christians and Evangelicals engage in their unholy alliance with an immoral leader. I have been amazed how people who sold out just to promote an agenda. They embraced a president to support political platforms. Make no mistake about it, Trump used Christians to support HIS agenda. To disregard the morals of a leader is foolish.

So can Christianity recover from this? Christians have a serious public relations problem to repair the damage that has been done over the past four years.

FALSE PROPHETS NEED TO STEP DOWN

I rolled my eyes as the so-called prophets came forward to prophesy that God had told them without a doubt that Trump would be win the election. God told them nothing. These false prophets should be glad we aren’t living under Old Testament law or they would be a lot of stones flying around. The only appropriate response for those who claimed that God told them that Trump would be re-elected is for them all to step down from their leadership positions. This is the only option but none will because of their love of money and need to have a ministry. How can these people ever be respected ever again?

Franklin Graham even compared Trump to Jesus being betrayed by Judas when he was impeached for the riot on the United States Capitol on January 6th. It is disappointing how far Christian leaders have gone with their devotion. If there is any “Judas” here, it is those Christian leaders who have led their followers astray from God to a former reality television personality.

REPENT AND REFOCUS

Christians definitely need some good public relations now and it’s not going to be easy to repair their image. They can start by repenting. Repent that they took their focus off of God and put it on a man and a political party. Platforms and politicians don’t save people, Jesus does. I hope that evangelicals have learned their lesson and won’t endorse a political candidate or tell their people who they should vote for in the future. The pulpit is not the place for politics. Christians lost their way on that and got caught up in a man who pulled the Christian string whenever he needed it.

Over the past four years Christians have been gaslighted by Donald Trump. I was amazed that I never read a single article which questioned this alliance or any preacher who discouraged it in spite of Trump’s immoral activities. Instead, it was excused or completely overlooked. It has been very strange to see Christians vehemently support and defend his actions. It’s almost as if Christians were lured away. I’ve never seen anything like it.

The spiritual leader during Trump’s term was Paula White. That should have been a blazing red flag from the beginning. Many of the spiritual superstars lined up in Trump’s corner. They excused his behavior all for the agenda. The problem with making a deal with the devil is that you will get burned. That’s what has happened to Christians.

By the way, I have disabled the comments for this post. I don’t need to read anything from any haters of this post. You can create your own blog. I have endured four years of being afraid to say anything because of the culture we were in. I have regrettably had to unfriend people and distance myself from Trump supporters because they say that “agree to disagree” but they don’t. Fortunately I still have a remnant of Christian friends and pastors who continued to point people to Christ and not Trump.

So in this year’s election, polls revealed that 81% of white Evangelicals voted for Trump. This is a serious PR nightmare for the Christian church. No, not all Christians supported Trump and we shouldn’t assume that all Christians were supportive of the former president but the perception now is that if you are a white male and say you are a Christian people will immediately assume you are a Trump supporter and a Republican. Yes, this is unfair but this is going to be the assumption. No, not all Christians were Trump supporters but too many were silent in speaking against Him.

The Bible verse that often came to mind over these four years has been Matthew 24:24 which warns us that people could deceive the very elect. This, my friends, has happened. I did wonder at times if it were possible that the beast and/or anti-Christ were among us. That wasn’t the case but the scary thing this has shown us is how easily a charismatic leader could enter the worlds’ stage and influence so many.

FOUR WAYS TO REPAIR CHRISTIANITY IN AMERICA

So if I were the PR person for Christianity in America, what would I do to repair the damage from the last four years? Here’s a few things to start with:

#1 – Stay out of politics

If you are attending a church where the pastor is telling you who to vote for or campaigning for a political candidate, leave immediately. There is no place in church for this. Actually churches are prohibited from doing this or they lose their tax-exemption status.

#2 – Put the focus back on Christ

The Great Commission says nothing about supporting a President or political party. That is not and has never been the focus. It is not about a political platform, it is a spiritual agenda.

#3 – Stop being a church building

The church needs to stop gathering at a building and more about being the church. It has become a club or secret society for many. I have seen some churches which, instead of going to a building, they go out to help the homeless or help those in need. There needs to be more of this.

#4 – Stop being Christians and start being examples

People need hope, not an agenda. Start by helping people and being the example that Christians SHOULD be. Many have defined Christians as being “christ-like” but the last four years have been anything but that.

Christianity in America has not been destroyed by former President Donald Trump but it has a lot of work to do to repair the damage that has been done over the past four years. Just as with any other huge task, you can only start working at it one day at a time. Don’t put your hope in the new president or a political party. It is time for Christianity and Evangelicals to repent, repair and get back to the mission of the Gospel which is the “good news” about Jesus Christ.