I'm ultimately not so much interested in politics but the cultural and spiritual forces behind them.
Here's something to share with your professed Christian friends. Please do share. No commentary, no personal opinion, just Trump's & the Bible's own words. I ask an important question at the end.
Starring Caste: DONALD J. TRUMP and THE BIBLE,
playing themselves, in their very own words.
ON IDLE TALK
"It's Just Words."
"Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or else make the tree bad and its fruit bad; for a tree is known by its fruit. Brood of vipers! How can you, being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things. But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment. For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned." (Matthew 12:33-37)
"For a good tree does not bear bad fruit, nor does a bad tree bear good fruit. For every tree is known by its own fruit. For people do not gather figs from thorns, nor do they gather grapes from a bramble bush. A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks. But why do you call Me 'Lord, Lord,' and not do the things which I say? (Luke 6:43-46)
ON LOVE OF MONEY
"I’ve always been greedy. I love money, right?"
"Part of the beauty of me is that I am very rich."
"For the love of money is the root of all evils" (1 Timothy 6:10)
"But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!" (2 Timothy 3:1-5)
"Now the Pharisees, who were lovers of money, also heard all these things, and they derided Him. And He said to them, "You are those who justify yourselves before men, but God knows your hearts. For what is highly esteemed among men is an abomination in the sight of God." (Luke 16:14-15)
"No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money." (Matthew 6:24)
ON COVETOUSNESS & WEALTH
"The point is that you can’t be too greedy."
"It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God." (Mark 10:25 & Luke 18:25)
“But woe to you who are rich, for you have received your consolation.... But why do you call Me 'Lord, Lord,' and not do the things which I say?" (Luke 6:24,46)
"And He said to them, 'Take heed and beware of greed, for one's life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses.'" (Luke 12:15)
"But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and harmful lusts which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is the root of all evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows." (1 Timothy 6:9-10)
"'And I will say to my soul, 'Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years; take your ease; eat, drink, and be merry.' But God said to him, 'Fool! This night your soul will be required of you; then whose will those things be which you have provided?' So is he who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.... Sell what you have and give alms; provide yourselves money bags which do not grow old, a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches nor moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." (Luke 12:19-21, 33-34)
"Come now, you rich, weep and howl for your miseries that are coming upon you! Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are moth-eaten. Your gold and silver are corroded, and their corrosion will be a witness against you and will eat your flesh like fire. You have heaped up treasure in the last days. Indeed the wages of the laborers who mowed your fields, which you kept back by fraud, cry out; and the cries of the reapers have reached the ears of the Lord of Sabaoth. You have lived on the earth in pleasure and luxury; you have fattened your hearts as in a day of slaughter. You have condemned, you have murdered the just; he does not resist you." (James 5:1-6)
ON EGO & WEALTH
"I have featured and will always continue to feature my name prominently in all my enterprises."
"We got more money. We got more brains. We got better houses, apartments. We got nicer boats. We're smarter than they are. And they say, 'The elite.'"
"They trust in their wealth and boast in their great riches....
They have called their lands after their own names....
This is the way of those who are foolish,
And of those after them who approve their words....
Do not be afraid when a man becomes rich,
When the glory of his house is increased;...
Though while he lives he congratulates himself--
And though people praise you when you do well for yourself--
He shall go to the generation of his fathers;
They will never see the light.
Man in his pomp, yet without understanding,
Is like the beasts that perish." (Verses from Psalm 49)
"Let the brother of low degree rejoice in that he is exalted: But the rich, in that he is made low: because as the flower of the grass he shall pass away." (James 1:9-10)
"Pride goes before destruction,
And a haughty spirit before a fall." (Proverbs 16:18)
"A man's pride shall bring him low: but honor shall uphold the humble in spirit." (Proverbs 29:23)
TRUMP (when asked if he’d ever asked God for forgiveness):
"I am not sure I have. I just go on and try to do a better job from there. I don't think so. I think if I do something wrong, I think, I just try and make it right. I don't bring God into that picture. I don't." (at Family Leadership Summit, July 2015)
"If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us." (1 John 1:8-10)
“Therefore bear fruits worthy of repentance.” (Matthew 3:8)
“From that time Jesus began to preach and to say, 'Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.'" (Matthew 4:17)
"I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish." (Luke 13:3)
"Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent.” (Acts 17:30)
"I know more about courts than any human being on Earth."
“I know more about ISIS than the generals do. Believe me.”
"Nobody knows more about trade than me."
"I know more about renewables than any human being on Earth."
"And if anyone thinks that he knows anything, he knows nothing yet as he ought to know." (1 Corinthians 8:2 )
"I am the chosen one" [in response to a pundit calling him “the second coming of God”]
"Son of man, say to the ruler of Tyre, 'This is what the Sovereign LORD says: 'In the pride of your heart you say, "I am a god; I sit on the throne of a god in the heart of the seas." But you are a mere mortal and not a god, though you think you are as wise as a god.' ... Therefore this is what the Sovereign LORD says: 'Because you think you are wise, as wise as a god'" (Ezekiel 28:2, 6)
ON FORNICATION AND RAPE
"I moved on her, and I failed. I'll admit it.
I did try and fuck her. She was married.
And I moved on her very heavily… I moved on her like a bitch. But I couldn't get there. And she was married…. Just kiss. I don't even wait. And when you're a star, they let you do it. You can do anything. Grab 'em by the pussy. You can do anything."
“But fornication and all uncleanness or greed, let it not even be named among you, as is fitting for saints; neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks. For this you know, that no fornicator, unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. Therefore do not be partakers with them.” (Ephesians 5:3-7 )
"Look at that face. Would anybody vote for that? Can you imagine that, the face of our next president? I mean, she's a woman, and I'm not supposed to say bad things, but really, folks, come on. Are we serious?"
"Such a nasty woman."
"An extraordinarily low IQ person."
"You never get to the face because the body's so good."
"A crazed, crying lowlife" and a "dog."
"Does she have a good body? No. Does she have a fat ass? Absolutely."
"Asked if her butt is big: "Well, absolutely. It's record-setting. In the old days, they'd say she has a bad body.”
“You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever."
"I've seen a close-up of her chest. And a lot of freckles. Are you into freckles?... She's probably deeply troubled, and therefore great in bed. How come the deeply troubled women — deeply, deeply troubled — they're always the best in bed?"
“I mean, I'd look at her right in that fat, ugly face of hers, I'd say, 'Rosie, you're fired.'"
"Can you imagine the parents of Kelli... when she said, 'Mom, Dad, I just fell in love with a big, fat pig named Rosie?'"
"That must be a pretty picture, you dropping to your knees."
"He shall regard neither the God of his fathers nor the desire of women, nor regard any god; for he shall exalt himself above them all." (Daniel 11:37)
“I will put hostility between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring.” (Genesis 3:15)
ON INCEST AND ADULTERY
“Don’t you think my daughter’s hot? She’s hot, right?”
“My daughter, Ivanka. She’s 6 feet tall, she’s got the best body.”
“I've said if Ivanka weren't my daughter, perhaps I'd be dating her.”
“She's actually always been very voluptuous. She's tall, she's almost 6 feet tall and she's been, she's an amazing beauty.”
“You know, they’re standing there with no clothes. ‘Is everybody okay?’” he continued. “And you see these incredible looking women, and so, I sort of get away with things like that.”
"But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart." (Matthew 5:28 )
ON RELIGIOUS LIP-SERVICE
“For Christians this is a holy season, the celebration of the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”
“It’s my second favorite book of all time. Do you know what my first is? The Bible! Nothing beats the Bible!”
"But why do you call Me 'Lord, Lord,' and not do the things which I say?" (Luke 6:46 )
“He that says, ‘I know him,’ and does not keep his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.” (1 John 2:4)
"You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain." (Exodus 20:7)
"These people draw near to Me with their mouth, And honor Me with their lips, But their heart is far from Me." (Matthew 15:8)
"So they come to you as people do, they sit before you as my people, and they hear your words, but they do not do them; for with their mouth they show much love, but their hearts pursue their own gain." (Ezekiel 33:31)
“I know words. I had the best words. But there is no better word than ‘stupid’.”
“How stupid are the people of Iowa?”
“You will have a president to put it another way, who was voted on by a bunch of stupid people who lost all of these things.”
“So I hope Mike has the courage to do what he has to do. And I hope he doesn’t listen to the RINOs and the stupid people that he’s listening to.”
“Low IQ Maxine Waters”
"Such a nasty woman."
"An extraordinarily low IQ person."
"A crazed, crying lowlife" and a "dog."
“I mean, I'd look at her right in that fat, ugly face of hers.”
"But I tell you, everyone who is angry with his brother or sister will be in danger of judgment. Whoever insults his brother or sister, will be in danger of the the court. Whoever says, 'You fool!' will be in danger of hellfire.” (Matthew 5:22)
“He who says he is in the light, and hates his brother, is in darkness until now.” (1 John 2:9)
“If someone says, "I love God," and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen?” (1 John 4:20)
“Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.” (Ephesians 4:31-32)
“To speak evil of no one, to be peaceable, gentle, showing all humility to all men.” (Titus 3:2)
“But fornication and all uncleanness or covetousness, let it not even be named among you, as is fitting for saints; neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks. For this you know, that no fornicator, unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. Therefore do not be partakers with them.” (Ephesians 5:3-7)
ON COARSE JOKING
“It was sarcasm. It was joking.”
“But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God's holy people, nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving.” (Ephesians 5:3-4)
"Like a madman who throws firebrands, arrows, and death, is the man who deceives his neighbor, and says, 'I was only joking!'" (Proverbs 26:18-19)
“Torture works. Torture works”
“Would I approve of waterboarding? You bet your ass I would!”
“Donald Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States.”
“I’m putting people on notice that are coming here from Syria as part of this mass migration, that if I win, they’re going back!”
"But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you." (Matthew 5:44)
“Therefore ‘If your enemy is hungry, feed him; If he is thirsty, give him a drink; For in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head.’" (Romans 12:20 )
"Do not mistreat or oppress a foreigner, for you were foreigners in Egypt." (Exodus 22:21)
"You are to have the same law for the foreigner and the native-born." (Leviticus 24:22)
"Do not deprive the foreigner or the orphan of justice, or take the cloak of the widow as a pledge. Remember that you were slaves in Egypt and the Lord your God redeemed you from there. That is why I command you to do this. When you are harvesting in your field and you overlook a sheaf, do not go back to get it. Leave it for the foreigner, the fatherless and the widow, so that the Lord your God may bless you in all the work of your hands.... Remember that you were slaves in Egypt. That is why I command you to do this."
(Deuteronomy 24:17-19, 22)
"I was a foreigner and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.'... 'Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.'" (Matthew 25:43, 45)
“I really value my reputation and I don’t hesitate to sue.”
“And if any man will sue you at the law, and take away your coat, let him have your cloke also.” (Matthew 5:40)
“Now therefore, it is already an utter failure for you that you go to law against one another. Why do you not rather accept wrong? Why do you not rather let yourselves be cheated?” (1 Corinthians 6:7)
ON VIOLENCE & VINDICTIVENESS
“When people wrong you, go after those people, because it is a good feeling and because other people will see you doing it. I always get even.”
"I'll beat the crap out of you”
"Part of the problem... is nobody wants to hurt each other anymore."
"I'd like to punch him in the face."
"Knock the crap out of them."
“Any guy who can do a body slam — he's my guy.”
"But I tell you not to resist an evil person. But whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also." (Matthew 5:39)
"Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men." (Romans 12:17)
"See that no one renders evil for evil to anyone, but always pursue what is good both for yourselves and for all." (1 Thessalonians 5:15)
"Not returning evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary blessing, knowing that you were called to this, that you may inherit a blessing." (1 Peter 3:9)
"I’m the king of debt. I’m great with debt. Nobody knows debt better than me."
"Owe no one anything except to love one another, for he who loves another has fulfilled the law." (Romans 13:8 )
"And forgive us our debts, As we forgive our debtors." (Matthew 6:12 )
“He lends at interest and takes a profit. Will such a man live? He will not! Because he has done all these detestable things, he is to be put to death; his blood will be on his own head." (Ezekiel 18:13)
ON THE MOST BASIC CHARACTER
“I think I am a nice person.”
"You will know them by their fruits." (Matthew 7:16)
"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law." (Galatians 5:22-23)
"Love suffers long [and] is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things." (1 Corinthians 13:4-7)
EVEN AFTER READING ALL THIS, WILL IT CHANGE ANYTHING?
"I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody, and I wouldn't lose any voters, OK? It's, like, incredible."
“And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.” (2 Thessalonians 2:11-12)
"If they do not hear the Law and the Prophets, neither will they be persuaded though one rise from the dead." (Luke 16:31)