Donald Trump’s Christianity support is undeniable if you take a look at both his polling numbers and the exit polling from actual primary votes.
One Christian leader, Pastor Robert Jeffress, put his support out there at a recent rally in Fort Worth, Texas — the same location where New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a former candidate for the nomination himself, issued his endorsement for Trump as president.
Jeffress chastised fellow Christians for questioning Trump Christianity doubts, especially as it related to his stand on abortion, claiming that he spoke to the Donald and “without question,” he knew Trump would be a pro-life candidate on the basis of those conversations.
Also, Jeffress pointed out that at least the Trump Christianity claim finds a place for pro-life support, noting that Christians will know without a doubt that in Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, they’d be getting the “most pro-abortion President in history.”
After Jeffress was done working the crowd, Trump defended his Christianity with some rather unusual words — for a Christian.
He said that he first met Jeffress after seeing him on television saying “beautiful things” about Trump the candidate and knew he had to meet him.
After that initial meeting, Trump convinced Jeffress of his sincerity for helping Christians. He then took his case to other pastors and ministers, stating, “I’m pretty good at figuring things out, and I sat with them. And some of them said, ‘We love you. We want to endorse you so badly, but we’re afraid we are going to lose … our tax exempt status.'”
From there Trump defended Christianity, saying that losing tax exemption for supporting a candidate and expressing a belief “makes you less powerful than a man or woman walking up and down the street.”
“You actually have less power, and yet, if you look at it, I was talking to some, we probably have 250 million, maybe even more, in terms of people. So we have more Christians — think of this — than we have men or women in our country, and we don’t have a lobby because they’re afraid to have a lobby because they don’t want to lose their tax status. So I am going to work like Hell to get rid of that prohibition, and we’re going to have the strongest Christian lobby, and it’s going to happen.”
The way that Trump used “Hell” in this connotation — as an adjective instead of a place — is considered a curse in Christianity, but surprisingly, no one seemed to care.
Perhaps that was because after the remark, the Donald launched into an attack on radical Islam, drawing a comparison between how the left reacts to Muslims and how they react to Christians.
“When I said Muslim,” in relation to his proposed temporary Muslim ban, Trump said, “I was met with furor. If I would have said Christian, people would have said, ‘Oh we can’t do anything about it.’ That’s going to end, folks.”
Trump finished his Christianity defense by saying that if he is president, “we’re going to say, ‘Merry Christmas’ now on Christmas” and that “we’re going to start going to department stores and stores, and you’re going to see a big beautiful sign that says, ‘Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.’ And we’re going to have a big, big big lot of fun. … Pastor, it starts here.”
What do you think about Trump’s Christianity, readers? Is he sincere or working his audience? Or, as Pope Francis recently speculated, is a man like the Donald, “who wants to build walls… not a Christian”? Sound off with your thoughts in the comments section below.
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