10 Signs You’re Actually Following TRUMPianity Instead of CHRISTianity

In the Era of Trump’s America, I must admit that I hardly recognize the very people who raised me. I was brought up by the Religious Right, and went on to become a faithful foot soldier for the cause of conservative Christianity and right-wing politics until my mid 30’s. However, long gone is their commitment to the values they tried to instill in me, and so much else that once consistently encompassed their collective identity.

Sadly, my old tribe seems to collectively struggle to realize they’ve done exactly what they spent the entire Left Behind series warning me not to do: they have fallen in line behind a worldly leader who arose to power during a time of “wars and rumors of wars,” who did so by falsely pretending to be a Christian, but who would ultimately lead them to follow an entirely new religion.

To help my former right-wing family out, here’s the top 10 signs you’re now following TRUMPianity instead of CHRISTianity:

10. You spent 8 years criticizing every move of Obama, but the minute Trump was sworn in you started telling everyone that “Christians should respect the president” and that being “divisive” is a sin.

Remember the you of two years ago? That’s okay, because I do– and you certainly didn’t seem to believe that Christians should “respect the president” or that being politically divisive was any sort of sin.

Here I am recalling you taught me that, “sin is always sin” and doesn’t change just because culture changes. Huh!

9. You think, “but we’re a nation of laws” somehow trumps biblical teachings on how immigrants are to be treated.

You didn’t expect me to forget all of those years where you taught me that the Bible is the “final authority for all matters of living,” did you?

Good, because I didn’t– but it certainly sounds like you did. I’m reminded every time you dismiss what the Bible teaches about the treatment of immigrants with, “But, but… we’re a nation of laws!”

I thought you’d said, “We have a responsibility to follow God’s law, not man’s law!” just a few weeks ago. Silly me!

8. Your church is planning a “patriotic worship service” for the 4th of July.

Let me simplify this for you: there’s no such thing as “patriotic worship” unless you’re willing to simply admit you’re worshipping your own country.

You were the ones who taught me that if God isn’t the focal point of our worship, that it’s sinful idolatry. Surely you remember Jesus saying, “It is written: worship the Lord your God and serve him only”?

Apparently there’s now room for two. Strange!

7. You instinctively applaud when Trump threatens to “bomb the shit” out of people, but quickly push back if someone quotes what Jesus taught about violence and enemy love.

Jesus commanded we love our enemies, and that we never repay evil with evil but instead repay evil with good. I mean, it’s right there in the red words. I still have it underlined from 1984.

But now when I quote that in response to your thinking that it’s all cute when Trump wants to “knock the crap” out of a protestor or nuke a country, you tell me that I’m twisting scripture.

Sorry, but I think siding with Trump over Jesus is… as Trump would say: Sad!

6. You think that having a filthy mouth and boasting about sexual immorality is a sign of being unsaved, but when it comes to Trump you all of a sudden have a “Who am I to judge?” attitude.

I mean, c’mon. I grew up under your guidance and I think we both know that neither one of us ever thought we’d see the day when you became an advocate of not judging. You told me that if I had sex before marriage or used the F-word that it would be evidence I was never saved to begin with.

Doesn’t it seem odd to you that it was Trump, and not Jesus who got you to (selectively) soften up on the whole judging others thing? Interesting!

5. You think it’s God-honoring to refuse to bow to a national statue, but that you should be fired from your job, kicked out of the country, or even charged with treason for refusing to stand for the flag.

Let me get this straight: When everyone obeyed the king and bowed down to the national statue and Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego refused– under the pain of death– to pledge their allegiance to anyone except God, they were the good guys of the story…

But fast forward to present day America, and the good guys are actually the ones who want to force everyone to pay respect to the national symbol? Plot twist!

4. You want the nation to return to “biblical values”… except for all those socialist sounding biblical things like caring for the poor, welcoming the stranger, giving food to the hungry, etc.

So you really want the nation to return to “biblical values”? You do realize that when Israel lived under God’s law (which you love to quote when talking of same sex marriage) also included laws that mandated the rich be taxed, even down to the food they had, and that the wealth was to be redistributed to the poor and immigrants, yes?

Or is this the one situation where you’d rather not remember that you keep saying, “But God’s law never changes”? Confused!

3. Your church spends one month a year celebrating the story of refugee family who fled their violent homeland and secretly crossed the border to safety, only to return home years later where their son became another unarmed person of color killed by the state’s violent security forces because they “felt threatened”…

Yet you spend 11 months of the year missing the obvious. Ironic!

2. You claimed Barack Obama’s election was the result of evil forces, but the minute Trump was sworn into office you started quoting verses about how “God picks a nation’s kings and queens.”

For real, how does this work? Did God only get involved and start deciding elections with the past election cycle, or did you just start quoting this verse after the black guy left?

There’s a lot in this world I don’t know, but I do happen to know the answer to *that* one. Easy!

1. You spent the 90’s saying “character counts” but now say, “We don’t vote for a national pastor.”

Ahh, my absolute favorite sign you’re following Trumpianity instead of Christianity.

Version of you from today, I’d like you to meet the version of you from the Clinton administration. You were supposedly so morally outraged that you coined the term, “Character Counts” to explain why you felt Clinton was unfit for office.

The version of you from today? My, my… as I listen to you explain that “We don’t vote for a national pastor…” I am keenly aware of how having the political power changes things. Totally!

So you’re a loyal Trump supporter and a loyal Christian?

I’m not so sure.

You might want to take a more self-critical look and make sure you’re following Christianity, and not Trumpianity. Really!



5 thoughts on “10 Signs You’re Actually Following TRUMPianity Instead of CHRISTianity”

  1. The first and foremost issue I have with these “10 Signs You’re Actually Following TRUMPianity Instead of CHRISTianity”…is the author is using the do as I say and not as I do philosophy. I see no teaching or admonishing in Christian love….only spite and ridicule. In honor of this list …I have said a prayer to GOD mentioning the author.

    This is my take on this list……

    #10…This was the hardest one for me to answer to…..during the 8 years of Obama, there was very little for a Christian to respect, between supporting abortion…Hollywood and the medias slobbering adoration…..gay marriage….one world government….dishonesty and even bold faced lying…..Christian bashing…..God bashing…..Israel bashing……his apology to the world tour…etc.. NOT ONE PERSON I know said what progressive liberals have always said about a president who was not a democrat…”not my president”. If I did indeed vote during the election, which I did both time Obama ran, then it is my privilege to complain about what he does as president. If I did not vote then I don’t have any right to complain.
    #9…We are a country of laws just as GOD is a GOD of laws…..Romans 13:1-7….Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and you will be commended. For the one in authority is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for rulers do not bear the sword for no reason. They are God’s servants, agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also as a matter of conscience.

    This is also why you pay taxes, for the authorities are God’s servants, who give their full time to governing. Give to everyone what you owe them: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor.
    #8…you my friend need to change churches if the Red White and Blue service does not worship GOD andshow GOD thanks and identifying GOD’s hand in forming this nation…..keeping this nation safe…..thanking GOD for the prosperity that this nations has had….praying for GOD’s guidance for the leaders of this nation.
    #7…Sometimes there can be a justifiable reason for hating someone, does that make it right? NO….however Jesus has said that if we choose not to hate and to pray for those who wrong us… there is potential that person may change. Plus I believe in the example you used, the applause was more for the sentiment (not going to take it any longer) then for actually bombing someone. Come on buddy….if you are going to assume and read between the lines you much be open for everything that could be there. I agree that Jesus does tell us love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us…which is a difficult task.
    #6…having a filthy mouth and boasting about sexual immorality does not make one unsaved…many have done exactly the same thing. BUT…personally I have confessed all to JESUS and asked forgiveness for those and much more…and accepted JESUS as my SAVIOR without whom I would be totally and irretrievably lost. Do we know if Trump has obeyed to the point of doing this? NO…..you need to read Romans 2:1-3….”You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever point you judge another, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things. Now we know that God’s judgment against those who do such things is based on truth. So when you, a mere human being, pass judgment on them and yet do the same things, do you think you will escape God’s judgment?”
    #5…no one is asking those rich wealthy athletes to worship the flag. However, because of the sacrifices given for what that flag represents…..a little respect or even indifference in not asking too much.
    #4….every day across this country people and organizations are caring for the poor, welcoming the stranger, giving food to the hungry, etc. Could we do more…sure thing. Are you pulling your weight? I know I am….maybe a better tact on this is to eagerly try to get others to donate time and money helping with this. Shaming someone very rarely gets the wanted results.
    #3…one of the lame-est example on this list…obviously the writer is anti-law enforcement which invalidates this one (it is your right to have that opinion but it is my right to call BS on it). Whatever violent homeland these people may have fled from was obviously a hell hole or they would not have fled.
    #2…..Evil forces were behind the election of Obama…Planned Parenthood….Code Pink…every other progressive leftist group out there. AND YES, GOD does allow or even pick who is elected (i.e. Israel getting King Saul because they were impatient)
    #1….in the 90’s character DID matter…unfortunately it does not now ….we elected Obama and Trump. SO this is such a foolish #1 on this list.

  2. That was weak and lame mostly… Written by someone who actually doesnt know the real reasons people ” voted” for Trump… We voted for him, as opposed to voting for someone far far worse. Dont try to tell us why we voted for trump, we know why and mostly not the reasons listed..I am pretty sure most intelligent believers didnt really think Trump was a Christian, or at a minimum was a nominal one, with not a particularly good sense of theology. So what? I’ll tell you someone who fooled me, and that was Bush… I did think he was a believer… Probably is, just a weak liberal one… Obama is clearly not one, but he will tell you to your face he is… He is a muslim of some sort, but its ok to Lie to the infidel! Nobody cares that Obama was black we care that he is a scoundrel and nefarious. This article came from patheos, ive seen some mixed up stuff from there. Not sure why its even posted? Its not prophetic, and not helpful.

  3. Good afternoon, Jeff.

    Much of what this articles proclaims is accurate, as many folks have, indeed, fallen for Trump and are doing many of the exact things which he’s pointing out.

    However, I believe that it’s also necessary to talk about the author of this article and what he stands for; as I’ve had personal experience with the author over on his own blog.

    The author’s name is Benjamin L. Corey — who is a self-proclaimed “progressive christian.” He believes in things such as pro-LBGT+, and he does not believe that the Bible is the inspired Word of God; for instance, he’s in the past criticized God in the Old Testament for the commandments regulating slavery in the Mosaic Law…yet, he evidently has no issue here in promoted the “socialist” commandments of helping one’s neighbor, etc. I used to even commentate there, some years back, before he banned me due to my vocal stance on homosexuality being sin.

    Anyhow, Ben Corey gets a lot of it correct in pointing out “the right side” of the ditch — yet, he, himself, is also over on “the left side” of the ditch, in turn.

    I just wanted to share all of this here, so that folks are more informed about this guy (and the blog Patheos, itself, is very liberal and secular). He is speaking correctly concerning Trump, however.

  4. Thank you Jeff. This is an important message.
    Lots of folks were very upset with me when I used to say Obama was in office because the Lord put him there for His purposes. Somehow people thought God’s hands were tied against the evil forces of the ‘left.’
    The Lord gave me several words from just before the election to several months after the election regarding people worshipping Trump, government, an earthly king, etc. And that the Lord was testing the faith of His people/exposing the false church. Judgement begins at the house of the Lord.
    One sentence the Lord spoke shortly after the election that I’m still pondering is this: If he rides into Jerusalem on a white horse, they will follow him. Perhaps we’ve seen some of that sentence unfold, but I sense there’s more.

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