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Saturday, April 29, 2017

Trump vs the Ten Commandments (and the call to care)

As it seems growingly clear that the Religious Right are determined to continue supporting Trump and proclaiming his sin, righteous (and thereby invalidating themselves in society), despite evidence to the contrary being published through the campaign...

"He said he does not ask for forgiveness and "does not bring God into that picture" when he makes mistakes. He has tried to put money in the Communion plate and referred to the sacrament as "my little wine" and "my little cracker." He mispronounced a book of the Bible, and when asked about his favorite verse, has either deferred or, in one case, cited "an eye for an eye," an Old Testament revenge scheme specifically condemned by Christ. (Turn the other cheek, Jesus said.)" - CNN

So, I thought I would do a piece comparing our President to the one standard that they so strongly use to condemn the rest of the world... God's Law...

The Ten Commandments and Trump (all verses from Exodus 20)..

1.  "You shall have no other gods before me."

First...definitions.  What is a God?  God is something you worship.  So, let me just ask you to trust your own ears.  What is the number 1 thing you hear Trump worshiping, daily, in every speech, interview, and tweet...himself.  So, by definition, he has put himself above God.
 
2.  “You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.

Again...see commandment 1.  The Golden Trump name is stamped on everything he owns, and he is quick to point it out as something that you should worship, as well.

3.   “You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.

For this one, don't fall into the habit of reading it.....don't cuss.  That isn't what it says.  It says uses the name of God in vain.  So, how about a President that doesn't abide by any of God's laws and brags about the opposite using God's name to his own end of gaining followers for himself?

4.“Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns.  For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy."

 Not only does Trump work on the Sabbath, but there is a story about his frustration over not being able to get his son in law to do so, as well.

5.  “Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you.

This one I will give him the benefit of the doubt, as I know of no story where he has attacked his parents, yet.

6. “You shall not murder.

I'm not entirely sure that we couldn't produce actual dead bodies with this guy, but the New Testament says...

"Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that eternal life does not reside in a murderer." - 1 John 3:15

Now, as with the first few commandments, trust your own ears.  How often have you heard Trump angry with someone?  It's kinda become his defining characteristic... attacking someone.

7.  “You shall not commit adultery.

Where to start with this one...

Well, we must start with the fact that Trump cheated on every one of his past wives, and when confronted on one of them, what he regretted was being caught.

"My life was so great in so many ways. The business was so great... a beautiful girlfriend, a beautiful wife, a beautiful everything. Life was just a bowl of cherries," he says later in the interview." - Daily News.


But, then, we have DURING THE CAMPAIGN a tape coming out with Trump bragging about his use of women.  He openly bragged about wanting to bed a married woman and saying that he could do anything, including physically, with women, due to being a star.

"Trump didn't stand beside his wife, Melania. He didn't ask for forgiveness. He didn't lament that he had fallen under sin's sway but that by God's grace and with his family's support he hoped to earn a second chance. In fact, Trump didn't mention faith, family or reconciliation at all." - CNN

But, bragging on sex with women is not new for Trump...

"If I told the real stories of my experiences with women, often seemingly very happily married and important women, this book would be a guaranteed best-seller (which it will be anyway!). I’d love to tell all, using names and places, but I just don’t think it’s right.” - Washington Post

And, in that same source, Trump admits to wanting an open marriage with one of his past wives.

8. You shall not steal.

USA Today ran a story in summer of last year about Trump's empire being built on not paying his bills to people..

"At least 60 lawsuits, along with hundreds of liens, judgments, and other government filings reviewed by the USA TODAY NETWORK, document people who have accused Trump and his businesses of failing to pay them for their work."

9.  “You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.

Hmm..Trump lying about others or the facts...I can't imagine where that has happened.  Just kidding.  When has it NOT happened, lately.  The battle group is heading for North Korea...nope, it was heading the other way.  I am going to raise taxes on the wealthy.  Nope...cutting their taxes massively.  I am going to scrap Obama care....nope.  I am going to use most of it in my own plan.  I am going to make Mexico pay for the wall...nope, it is going to be us.  We don't have money for social programs to help people....well, we can fund the tax cuts for the rich by raising the debt limit.  Etc.

10. “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male or female servant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.”

As stated, above, he was very explicitly coveting someone else's WIFE, and his empire is built upon the greed of WANT of what others have and that is never ending.

But, the Conservative Right would counter that God's law ends in Christ (even as they use the Old to condemn others), and they are right.  So what does Jesus say about the law of God..

"Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment.  And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” - Matt 22:37-40

Now, I ask you...does a President that angrily yells and condemns on a daily basis, beefs up existing wars while starting new ones, judges entire nations and religions at once, and takes food, healthcare, and education from the poor reflect someone that LOVES others?  Think about it.

"What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead." - James 2:14-17  

A good reminder not only about judging the President by His fruit (Matt 6:43-45) but the conservative Christian movement, itself, that seems busier pushing politics and building buildings to even NOTICE the hurting within their own congregations, not to mention the community around them.  May we all open our heart to the real love that blooms into a better world. 

 

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