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TRUMPING JESUS

In History, Politics, Social commentary on June 22, 2015 at 8:17 pm

On June 16, Donald Trump, the wealthy, longtime “reality star” of NBC’s The Apprentice, announced his candidacy for the 2016 Republican Presidential nomination.

Donald Trump

Among his pronouncements:

  • “Our country needs, our country needs a truly great leader and we need a truly great leader now.”
  • “We need a leader that wrote the Art of the Deal [Trump’s self-promoting book].”
  • “We need, we need, we need somebody that literally will take this country and make it great again. We can do that.”
  • “I will be the greatest jobs president that god ever created, I tell you that.”
  • “…I don’t need anybody’s money. It’s nice. I don’t need anybody’s money. I’m using my own money. I’m not using lobbyists, I’m not using donors. I don’t care. I’m really rich.”
  • “Somebody said to me the other day, a reporter, very nice reporter – ‘But Mr. Trump, you’re not a nice person.’ But actually, I am. I think I’m a nice person. Does my family like me? I think so. Look at my family.”
  • “And the one thing is, when you run, you have to announce and certify to all sorts of governmental authorities, your net worth. So I said, ‘that’s okay, I’m proud of my net worth.’ I’ve done an amazing job.”
  • “I did a lot of great deals and I did them early and young, and now I’m building all over the world. And I love what I’m doing. But they all said, a lot of the pundits on television, ‘well Donald will never run and one of the main reasons is, he’s private, and he’s probably not as successful as everybody thinks.’” 
  • “So I said to myself, ‘you know, nobody’s ever going to know unless I run because I’m really proud of my success, I really am.’ I’ve employed tens of thousands of people over my lifetime. That means medical, that means education, that means everything.”
  • “So I have a total net worth, and now with the increase, it’ll be well-over $10 billion.”
  • “But here, a total net worth of — net worth, not assets, not — a net worth, after all debt, after all expenses, the greatest assets — Trump Tower, 1290 Avenue of the Americas, Bank of America building in San Francisco, 40 Wall Street, sometimes referred to as the Trump building right opposite the New York — many other places all over the world. So the total is $8,737,540,000.”
  • “Nobody would be tougher on ISIS than Donald Trump. Nobody.”
  • “I will find, within our military, I will find the General Patton or I will find General MacArthur, I will find the right guy. I will find the guy that’s going to take that military and make it really work. Nobody, nobody will be pushing us around.”
  • “I will stop Iran from getting nuclear weapons.”
  • “Sadly, the American dream is dead. But if I get elected president I will bring it back bigger and better and stronger than ever before, and we will make America great again.”

Many Republican Presidential candidates–especially Rick Perry and Rick Santorum–claim to be running as God’s candidate.

As a result, it’s worth noting what Jesus had to say about the relative merits of a rich man’s pride and a poor man’s humility.

Luke 18: 9-14 chronicles Jesus’ offering this parable:

“And he spake this parable unto certain men who trusted in themselves that they were righteous and despised others:

“Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican.

“The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank tee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican.

“I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess.

“And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God, be merciful to me, a sinner.

“I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased, and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.”

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For the self-important Donald Trump, those words–well-known to millions of humble, Bible-believing Christians–may prove a fatal verdict.

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