Why and How Christian Trumpsters can save face and vote for Biden…

Why Conservative Scripture based Christians and Catholics should vote for Biden.

In the face of the two recent political National Conventions, I would like to share my opinion about those ‘practicing’ Christians who are also staunch Trump supporters.  I would also like to make an argument showing how they can spiritually and practically ‘save face’ and switch their vote to Biden.   Most are older white Americans, who also generally claim to be religiously more conservative than most other Americans. I’ve heard and read their claim that their vote for Trump is in concert with God’s will.  Let me examine and refute this claim in light of scripture and then reveal how they can ‘save face’ before God and vote for Biden…

The Scriptures contain multiple examples of both good and bad religious and political leaders.  Sometimes they were ‘at odds’ with each other in the classic “good vs bad” fashion, both competing for the soul of the community (Israel).  In these instances, often one sowed good/God’s word like God’s prophets and the other, often selfish and Godless kings, sowed selfishness/evil…  There are other examples of false prophets leading the king and God’s people astray, just as there are also other stories of God’s people choosing to complicitly follow evil religious and political leaders against God’s chosen leaders.   In these stories, the outcome is almost always the same: a crushing defeat for Israel is the result…  Unfortunately, these are often the stories that our fellow conservative leaders in the faith fail to preach and to talk about…

The Word reveals, from Genesis on, how ‘the weeds and the wheat will be mixed until the harvest’ in each of our human communities – especially in our human institutions and leadership…  The Old Testament also witnesses to how the political and religious complicity, often motivated by greed and the need for power, over time will kill the soul and lead to the death of a community.  It should also be noted that in the scriptures, a  criteria for selecting a Godly leader often centers on whether that person’s life and work is grounded in and reflects Godly virtues.
Their virtues and Godly character must be openly witnessed to by their life, history and others in the community. In scripture, good leaders always reflected the character, disposition, virtues and love that was revealed and found in Jesus Christ. What can you, in good faith, find in Trump’s character, person, personal life or his leadership style that reflects ANYTHING of Jesus Christ?  If we apply this criteria to the presidential candidates, then based on their life’s work, personal character and the community witnesses regarding it, Biden easily trumps forty five…  That’s one scriptural vote for Biden.

Furthermore, arguably the most fundamental theme in scripture other that of God’s love is that of covenant – God offers us a covenant, and not a contract. We are called to love others and God in a covenant manner, not contractually. Contracts are made in suspicion, limits one’s responsibility, exchanges goods, forms business bonds and (claims to) break only the business relationship when they are broken (like a lease).  Simply put, a life that primarily relates to God and others contractually can not be or reflect a mature Christian life and model.

However, one who makes the choice and sacrifice to, by grace, live in their human relationships covenantally can successfully mature into and model Christian leadership.  Why? Because covenants are made with trust and grounded on promises not suspicion.  They are open ended and have unlimited responsibilities – like parents do with their children. Covenant give, exchange and bind people together forming kinship bonds, thus when they are broken often the persons involved are also broken (like in a marriage).

           Why choosing to live in covenant relationships with all is (or should be) obvious to for any Christian who would also like to be considered as a national and world leader… Note: that through His covenants, God is historically fathering a family. We have the opportunity to, by grace, be transformed into a divine brotherhood and sisterhood; a family of God. This is the l-o-n-g story line and the drama of the Bible that is being played out against and within the physical and natural span of individual human histories and communities – like here in America.

Please show me in his life or administration WHERE has Trump reflected Christian covenant living? Please don’t say in his marriage(s)…   Forty five’s life easily provides enough factual history with community support proving exactly the opposite – he lives contractually!!! When compared to Biden, Trump is truly ignorant of and cares nothing  – either personally or as president – for covenant living.  That’s one more for a total of two scriptural vote for Biden.

For orthodox Roman Catholics who proclaim the Eucharist as the Source and Summit of their faith, can we put politics aside for a second? Let me ask you, which presidential candidate’s life – both personally and professionally – most consistently reflects what you might call and understand as one of ‘Eucharistic living and sharing’ – giving oneself away?  What kinda oxygen are you breathin’ that allows you to even argue that Donald Trump lives Eucharistically? You should go to Reconciliation for that one – no joke!

          How in heaven can a practicing Roman Catholic, who truly understands that we are to live and become the personal and unique embodiments of grace in Christ to and for others, like we receive – living sacraments – choose Trump over Biden as the most sacramental candidate available? Really? That, is sacramentally confessable too, I guess… That’s one sacramental vote plus two scriptural votes for Biden compared to 45’s scriptural and sacramental zero.

Historically and scripturally, it was is in this kind of ongoing Trumpian reality – one that is greedy, selfish and is an unholy alliance of leadership in opposition to God’s will – that in part, provided the background and context for God to send and give us His Son Jesus!!! The Scriptures reveal how evil leadership and autocratic use of institutions – an historically reoccurring CULTURE OF DEATH – almost always translates not only into the unholy deaths of oppressed individuals, but also of whole communities and nations… It also reveals how even Mother Earth reals from and is destroyed by the reality human sin, a simple message often forgotten from the story of the Flood that is applicable today in our Ecological Need to Go Green…

As the scriptures reveal, to whatever measure and degree, the wheat is truly mixed with the weeds! Our human history of death is one of people choosing to live out of politically and religiously evil trajectories that willfully use the tools and rhetoric of hate and division in their work.  In Catholic speak, these people have chosen to follow a Culture of Death that reflects and spreads both hate and ignorance.  Today easily forty plus percent of American Christians are choosing and championing this perspective this year in Trump’s re-election bid.… That’s another Catholic speak vote for Biden…

Many of these conservative Christians, who quick to reference and speak from the scriptures in calling out God’s judgment in/on specific individuals for any number of sins, are often very SILENT and IGNORANT about how these same scriptures repeatedly reveal that same God judging whole  nations for their repeated sin of willfully choosing evil leaders…  Trumpsters continiue to support a spiritually and morally bankrupt and unapologetically evil man who continues to willfully use classist, racist and women hating rhetoric and actions to maintain and deepen the historical inequities experienced by poorest of the American masses….

Our current political administration reflects the same evil reality presented in many of the Old Testament stories that eventually led to Israel’s fall and destruction…  Despite Christian Trumpters largely ignoring this truth, Joe Biden has not… This is what I believe he is, in part, in saying that “…America’s soul is at stake in this election”….  YES!!! Our nation has a soul – and yes, it can die and is at stake!!!

So, WHO ARE THESE CHRISTIAN TRUMPTERS?  My guess is that these people fall generally into two camps…

The first and hopefully the largest part,  are those who, simply stated, are truly spiritually immature and/or misled and ignorant – period. Note; if they are truly misled, then they too are victims requiring prayer… These are those spiritually ignorant babes who have been raised up in or were spiritually formed after conversion in this kind of spiritually conservative and closed context (and they still live comfortably in).  Unfortunately for some of these babes, this is all that they have known and experienced – spiritually, socially, academically, vocationally at work and politically in their lives.

They are comfortable, ignorantly prideful in their immaturity unawares that in their immature zeal they are complicit with the very evil they pray to fight against.  These spiritual babes understand and define the spiritual life literally and often in a cut and dry fashion based on strict rules, as they focus on strugglin’ to live out the letter of God’s law or a specific moral lifestyle as prescribed by their religious faith, etc..

You can tell they are spiritually immature because they are so zealously quick to repeatedly highlight the sins of others as they ignore and fail to see or address their own gross and apparent heinous sins – even those evident in their very arguments, attitudes and actions!!!  Despite their Trump loving ways (lol), these people are ‘saved,’ if only because of the true, authentic, zealous nature of their faith and spirituality, despite its immaturity – note, which has NOTHING to do with chronological age or how long one has been living the faith… We must continue to pray for these people because there is truly hope for them, in Christ, to eventually grow to love all who will be in the Kingdom…  These spiritual babes still have difficulty truly accepting and loving in Christ those who lives are radically different from theirs…

As babes, they have difficulty truly understanding and trying to live out in concrete ways both of the ‘as…’ parts in the Our Father (it’s okay, go ahead and say it slowly, lol). They may also know, but as of yet have been unable to unlock and apply daily the spiritual truth that their personal growth in prayer and in Christ is directly linked to their willingness to sacrificially love  A L L others in the community – starting with those most different and challenging to themselves and extending to  their enemies…

A common example found is the zealous convert for whom it takes a decade or two to grow to live the grace that people of other denominations, who praise and worship in different ways, are not either sinful or spiritually immature… It may take decades for them to stop praying for a family member’s conversion and to simply pray for them to be blessed and to live out God’s will. God will continue to challenge and chastise these spiritual babes as God does all the saved…

We must humbly remember that in every age, there will be those who, for reasons that only known to God, will seemingly never mature and blossom in Christ…  The truth actually is, that in fact the evil one will almost always attack and use God’s young children in some manner, especially in their spiritual infancy because an immature Christian is the easiest to break, twist and use, especially with their youthful zeal… The saints attest to it as a fact.  To this end, I believe some Christian Trumpsters are actually victims and I pity them… Some of these Christian Trumpsters are literally in the spiritual fight of their lives – and they can sense it!!!

They are struggling between (falsely) comfortably staying put/safe in their spiritual life or leaping out in faith to radically love those who are different from them. We must continue to pray for these spiritual babes – that we can continue to love them as Christ loved the young and immature Apostles and disciples: with a holy and prayerful patience and kindness that empowers them to, by grace, BREAK THROUGH to see the importance of living part two of Jesus’ Laws of Love – to Love your neighbor as yourself

The second and hopefully the smallest part of these Christian Trumpsters, are those quiet, weathered and gray haired, long serving elders who are the real behind-the-scene movers and shakers in many of our businesses, religious and political institutions and families… They are mothers and fathers, business owners, professionals and civic leaders… These are they who ALSO, spiritually long ago heard God’s call to let go of their selfish desire to judge others and do the hard work of loving others,

They heard God’s call and invitation for them to let go of their pride and false love in the letter of the law as they understand it, and to love as the Father does – all people regardless of race, creed, sexuality, etc..  They have also repeatedly heard God’s call to grow past their personal Pharisaic letter of the law faith that is rooted in their pridefully absolutized, false moral or spiritual criteria and standard (i.e. race, class, sexuality, being of a different religion or nation, how one lives a specific Commandment, one’s Pro Life or Abortion perspective, whether they have committed THAT (my personally) unforgivable sin – because we each at least 1 or 2,  etc.) …

They have also heard God’s repeated invitation to begin living, working and proclaiming the faith in light of the Holy Spirit and the Spiritual works of mercy and the Beatitudes – that is, with the Heart and in the Spirit of Jesus Christ – TO THOSE WHO DO NOT LOOK OR THINK LIKE THEM!!!  But like Pharaoh – despite repeatedly suffering divine plagues, in pride they continue to hardened their hearts…

These are they that have hardened their hearts, turning their eyes blinded by racial hate or greed or fear of real change, toward the gross evil embodied in Trump, even to the very end of their very offspring, family and nation…  They are willfully modelling in word and deed known historical evils, with the intend of both passing them down to a new generation and imbedding them deeper into our American institutions.

Yes, we must pray for these souls also, that their evil does not spread and grow but will continue to die out with each decade.  We must pray for these living cancers who knowingly use the faith to spread evil, that they and their works may go into a permanent remission…

We must pray that their continued work will not lead our nation to ignore the scriptural warnings that our American soul is truly at stake. Though he did not say it, I truly believe that this was and is the very destruction of the American life and nation that President Obama also warned us about in his speech at the recent Democratic National Convention…

And so, on this Labor Day weekend when both conventions are over, I make an urgent appeal to all people of faith to FERVENTLY pray A PRAYER VIGIL UNTIL ELECTION DAY for all Christian Trumpsters. We must must pray daily – in the spiritual fervor of the Old Testament vigil of Nineveh when Job preached – that day by day until November’s vote, God will intervene in the lives of Christian Trumpsters to do the right thing by Jesus…  What is that? To quietly save face before our God.  How?

By prayerfully and privately considering my arguments while you continue to ‘save face’ and support Trump – all the way until you step into the voting booth –  to then vote for Biden – when only God and yourself are present…  You can then exit and still proclaim Trump your as man, without losing any face…

Remember, who will question you, since most of you live in like minded communities? When the numbers begin to come out revealing how soooooo many other republicans had the courage to flip in the booth like you when it really counted, you do not have to say a thing… Just sit back and watch how that cloud of fear you’ve lived under will begin to slowly fade as you begin to feel freer and freer each day – to hope, live have to have faith in an uncharted Gospel American future…