How is that a thing?

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Cindy Brady (see the video below) poses a question for anyone joining a Facebook group called Christians For Trump; “How is that a thing?” She lays down the challenge in unsparing terms.

Lest her confrontational words throw us, read the Bible’s portrait of the commendable ruler in Psalm 72. A couple passages from the ESV translation:

Verses one to four:

Give the king your justice, O God,
    and your righteousness to the royal son!
May he judge your people with righteousness,
    and your poor with justice!
 Let the mountains bear prosperity for the people,
    and the hills, in righteousness!
May he defend the cause of the poor of the people,give deliverance to the children of the needy …

And verses 12-14:

For he delivers the needy when he calls,
    the poor and him who has no helper.
He has pity on the weak and the needy,
    and saves the lives of the needy.
From oppression and violence he redeems their life,
    and precious is their blood in his sight. 

The Bible’s call for such charitable rule is not exclusive to Israelite kings.  Read Daniel’s plea to Babylonian emperor Nebuchadnezzar in chapter 4, verse 27:

“Therefore, O king, let my counsel be acceptable to you: break off your sins by practicing righteousness, and your iniquities by showing mercy to the oppressed, that there may perhaps be a lengthening of your prosperity.”

I, along with Ms. Brady and a host of others, remain baffled that supposedly back-to-the-Bible people would paste the Christian seal of approval on a blatantly unbiblical and unrepentant liar, adulterer, xenophobe, hate-mongering strip-club owning casino mogul whose university ripped off thousands of students — never mind the legitimate questions involving Russia. Maybe it’s because supposedly “biblical” Christians aren’t so biblical anymore.

My agnostic friends know enough about Jesus’s teaching that they’ve gone slacked-jawed by the obvious white evangelical double-standard. They echo Cindi Brady:

 

 

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About Charles Redfern

Charles Redfern is a writer, activist, and clergyman living in Connecticut with his wife and family. He's currently writing two books, with more in his head.

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