Donald Trump is a miserable fit for Evangelical Christians

What would Jesus do? First, Jesus would not use Twitter to serve up daily doses of crude comments and hate-filled attacks on private citizens and public figures.

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President Donald Trump listens to Billy Graham’s eldest son, Rev. Franklin Graham, during a memorial service for Rev. Billy Graham on Feb. 28, 2018.

President Donald Trump listens to Billy Graham’s eldest son, Rev. Franklin Graham, during a memorial service for Rev. Billy Graham on Feb. 28, 2018.

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On any given day, Donald Trump attacks, vilifies, ridicules, mocks, taunts or lampoons any person (dead or alive) or any ethnic, racial or social group.

Whatever Trump’s reasons (political expediency, bias, an above-the-law attitude, an out-of-control ego or simple bullying), Trump does not embody the teachings ofJesus Christ or, for that matter,any spiritual deity known to humankind.Trump is driven by a life of exorbitant privilege, an attitude of revenge-and-vanquish, and a drive to amass wealth by any means possible.

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As someone born and reared in an Evangelical Christian household, where the teachings of Jesus centered on love, reconciliation, and compassion, I reject the ill will and multiple layers of prejudice and divisiveness Donald Trump has wrought.What would Jesus do? First, Jesus would not use Twitter to serve up daily doses of crude comments and hate-filled attacks on private citizens and public figures.

History will point to the shameful moral stain ofEvangelical Christian leaders and of congregations who succumbed to Trump’s shrewd hypocrisy. They will be depicted ashaving compromised their spiritual path, moral compass and prophetic voices to a charlatan.Let’s pray and work to change this reality, and to transform the nation into one of just, humane and equitable democratic principles and values.

This is what Jesus would do.

EstherNieves, Wicker Park

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