Trump Trumpets his own Trumpet, but King Jesus has him Trumped.

(© The Rev. Dr. Curtis I. Crenshaw, Th.D., 7 May 2016)

When Donald Trump first entered the presidential race, I told several friends that he would be a meteor: burn brightly but soon burn out. Most of other 17 men in the GOP race seemed to be fine Christians, perhaps with one or two exceptions. Most of them were men of principle. That the least Christian—if he is Christian at all—is Donald Trump, the man now who is the presumptive nominee for the republican party has been chosen, is a commentary on our culture. Again, the man who has no fixed moral principles, but is a populist (one who favors what the general population wants, not what is morally right), is the one whom it would seem would be the GOP nominee.

And what are the great issues? Are they righteousness, reversing abortion, reclaiming the historic and biblical definition of the family against LGBT (or LGBTQ)? No, the great interests are jobs (a good concern), health insurance (a good concern), immigration (good concern), but no bringing people back to the Triune God. You might say, that is not a politician’s job but the Church’s job. To some extent, I agree, but politicians should make laws that favor God’s righteousness, that make it easy for the Church to evangelize, that encourage preachers, pastors, to give out the Gospel. The First Amendment says “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech. . . .”

That does not mean freedom “from” religion but freedom “for” religion, and in the day that was penned, it meant not to favor one Christian denomination over another one, not that Buddhism should have equal rights with Christianity. Today many want to proclaim that it means freedom “from” religion; indeed, there is even an organization called “The Freedom From Religion Foundation” that tries to shut down any public expression of Christianity. They do not seem to bother other religions. Wonder why? It is because only Christianity threatens the immoral status quo.

If you have not noticed, there is a war going on in our culture, and it is hand-to-hand combat, the devil versus Christ, his demons, minions, and voluntary soldiers of unrighteousness versus the Church, who hate the Triune God and Christians, and who oppose both at every opportunity. We Christians are asleep, full of apathy, and we really only care about ourselves. We will compromise almost anything to keep our toys, our money, our peace, and will only oppose those when they take these things away. We are like the proverbial frog who boiled in the water as it increased degree by degree. He got used to each new temperature.

We do not recognize the Lordship of Jesus, the King of kings and Lord of lords. He rules in the churches, but not in the culture, or so we think. There is even a “Christian” theology that pushes such a view with its rapture doctrine and escapism. “Get me out of here, Lord, there is nothing even You can do!”

Now, as everyone in the republican party gets used to Trump as the presidential nominee, our temperature is rising. Now we have one who will negotiate everything, even abortion, or so he recently said. The temperature goes up. He is willing to consider more debt. The temperature is rising. He says he opposes LGBT, but he implied he might be willing to negotiate even that. WE are at 200 degrees. If he is opposing the Triune God Himself, how is he going to “make America great again”; and if anyone believes that Trump can do that, he is an idolater, for only His sovereign majesty, the King of kings, can make America great again. If anyone looks to Trump as our savior, he blasphemes. The difference between Trump and Obama is one of degree (hot degrees), not kind.

Don Henley, a singer in the UK, has written a good analysis of our cultures and who God is:

  • A new age is dawning
  • On fewer than expected
  • Business as usual
  • That’s how the headline read.
  • Some shaky modern saviors
  • Have now been resurrected
  • In all this excitement
  • You may have been misled.
  • People want a miracle
  • They say oh Lord, can’t you see us?
  • We’re tryin’ to make a livin’ down here
  • And keep the children fed.
  • But, from little dark motel rooms
  • To six flags over Jesus
  • How are the mighty fallen
  • So the Bible said.
  • You don’t have to pray to a little tin god
  • Step out of the way for a little tin god
  • You might fear the reaper, you might fear the rod
  • But you never have to get down on your knees
  • You don’t have to holler, please, please,
  • No, you never have to get down on your knees
  • For a little tin god.
  • Throw down a rope from heaven
  • And lead the flock to water
  • The man in the middle would have you think
  • That you have no other choice.
  • But to wander in the wilderness
  • Of all the upturned faces
  • If you stop and listen long enough
  • You will hear your own small voice.
  • But you don’t have to pray to a little tin god
  • Step out of the way for a little tin god
  • You might fear the reaper, fear the rod
  • But you never have to get down on your knees
  • You don’t have to holler, please, please
  • No, you never have to get down on your knees
  • You don’t have to holler, please, please
  • You never have to get down on your knees
  • For a little tin god.

And yet as I’ve said many times in the past decades, much of the fault can lie at the feet of preachers:

  • An appalling and horrible thing has happened in the land:
  • the prophets prophesy falsely,
  • and the priests rule at their direction;
  • my people love to have it so,
  • but what will you do when the end comes?
  • (Jer. 5:30-31 ESV)

Read all of Jeremiah which reads like it was written last week.

“It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.”

AMEN.

4 thoughts on “Trump Trumpets his own Trumpet, but King Jesus has him Trumped.

  1. Dr Crenshaw, in former times, the civil authorities would call for a solemn fast, but this seldom known now. If we take up the Ash wdednesday Epistle for Joel, we learn of this sort of fast and public repentance. These fasts were once known and called before and after the Revolution as they werre in Biblical times. After all, King Jesus did tell us, “I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance”. Here in the USA, some call for prayer but few for national repentance. Until and unless we repent, why should God hearken unto our prayers? We all need to ponnder the Opening Sentence from I St John, “If we say that we have no sin—-” All too often, we think of our own personal sins but not those of the nation. We need to think hard about that.

    • Amen. I was just looking over a section of my book NOT Ten Suggestions where I said:

      “The Church in the USA needs to wake up. Christ is raising up enemies in our culture to make the Church take a stand, for it is a compromised Church. We will never make an impact by saying what people want to hear, for the Gospel, by its very nature, is con-frontational. I’m always hearing people say that we need to pray, that if we can get all Christians praying that we’ll be restored to some sense of morality. I beg to differ. Prayer without repentance is hypocrisy, and He will not hear such prayers:
      “One who turns away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer is an abomination” (Proverbs 28:9).
      But one of my main purposes in writing this book is this:

      “If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land” (2 Chronicles 7:14).

      Notice that we Christians must both pray and repent, but we are worldly, wanting health, wealth, positive confession to create our own providence, and so forth. Until we are willing to part with our sins, until we are willing to give up all we have and die for Christ, we are salt without savor, good for nothing but judgment, a joke to the world.
      Over 35 years ago Francis Schaeffer began to warn us of what is happening in our culture. If you don’t know who he was, that is a shame and just part of our problem. We forget so easily. Though I’ll never rise to Schaeffer’s greatness, I hope that in some small way the Lord will use this work to help awaken His people.

      The key to restoration of some semblance of Christian culture to the USA is the Christian Church. We have two problems: our immorali-ties and our formal heresies in denying the faith. We must believe the Gospel of the Triune God, and we must demonstrate that faith by obedience to His law.

      The Christian Church is eaten up with moral heresies, which is one of the main reasons I’ve written this book. We Christians are the problem, not liberal politics or Islam. The solution is not conservative politics; rather, it is our repentance. The problem is idolatry; the solution is the Triune God. Once we are right with God, the gates of hell will not be able to stand against the Church (Matthew 16:18), and only then our culture will recover. The rest of this book covers God’s morality. The cure for our moral problems is the Ten Commandments.”

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