Do You Realize?

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Do you realize, Christians, how hypocritical we look when we support Donald Trump for president? Do you really think this tells the world that Jesus is Lord of our lives? Do you really think it is shedding light in the world and testifying to the love of Jesus?

That Christians would overlook the many offensive things Donald Trump has said, his sinful lifestyle, his unapologetic love of violence, and actual praise of torture and attacks against innocent family members of supposed terrorists, is nothing short of scandalous. Do you really believe Jesus condones the leadership of Donald Trump? Do you really feel as if Jesus approves of your hypocrisy? How can we ever expect non-Christians to take anything we have to say seriously when we condemn others for the same, exact things Donald Trump does?

Or have we forgotten who Jesus is and what he stands for? Do we really feel the Sermon on the Mount is just a nice suggestion? Do we think that loving enemies means we torture them and bomb their families?

When we pray “Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done, on Earth as it is in Heaven,” how can we do that if we support a political despot like Donald Trump? God’s kingdom is not about being a bully. It’s not about building a wall to keep people out. It is about building bridges to help people cross, and opening doors so they can come inside and find the love of Christ that they need.

How can you say you are the light of the world when you embrace such darkness? If Hitler were a Republican, would you support and vote for him? Would you call it your Christian duty? How many Christians supported Hitler? How many Christians support torture, the annihilation of Muslims, the hatred of the “other?” How many of us embrace a philosophy that the other is not fully human and therefore disposable?

Why are Christians so concerned with protecting themselves, via a bully president, a huge military, a big old wall on the border (like the Berlin Wall?), and being armed to the teeth? Is that what Jesus told us to be concerned about? Did he not become our example and lay down his life for those he loved? Did he not forgive the very ones who were torturing and executing him and blaming him for all of their own wrongs?

How are we reaching out to the least of these? Why isn’t this our priority? Why is hate and being “right” and “protecting our freedom” more important than actually following the example of Jesus? When we exclude the least of these, we are excluding Christ. When we bomb the least of these, are we bombing Jesus? Ask him that question and be prepared for the answer. Are we actually torturing our Lord and Savior when we do it to people we think are our enemies?

Do we even know what the Bible says anymore? Do we think the entire thing says, “thou shalt not be gay? thou shalt not be Muslim? Thou shalt not be un-American?”

It breaks my heart to see how Christianity is drenching the name of God in the slime of anger, fear and self-righteousness. Ask yourself, if Jesus came back today would he even know you? If you say to him, Lord, Lord, and he says, “Away from me, I never knew you?” would you unfriend him? Would you even understand why?

I pray our hearts will break with the heart of Jesus. I pray we can remember the Jesus who ate with sinners, had deep conversation with and about Samaritans, healed unclean lepers, and whose harshest condemnation was for those who thought they were so righteous they didn’t need him. Is that what our church has become? So righteous we don’t need Jesus, the friend of sinners?

You do realize that Jesus made himself nothing, took on our sin and became one of us, right? He didn’t hold himself separately apart and point fingers. He touched people. He loved people. He washed feet. Can we justify our self-righteous condemnation of other people we won’t let near us and call that love? Can we really look Jesus in the face and explain why we felt we were superior to other people to the point of driving them away from Him?

Philippians 2 (CEB) Therefore, if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort in love, any sharing in the Spirit, any sympathy, 2 complete my joy by thinking the same way, having the same love, being united, and agreeing with each other. 3 Don’t do anything for selfish purposes, but with humility think of others as better than yourselves. 4 Instead of each person watching out for their own good, watch out for what is better for others. 5 Adopt the attitude that was in Christ Jesus:

6 Though he was in the form of God,
he did not consider being equal with God something to exploit.
7 But he emptied himself
by taking the form of a slave
and by becoming like human beings.
When he found himself in the form of a human,
8 he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death,
even death on a cross.

Tell me — when was the last time you emptied yourself and laid your privilege down on the ground and took up your cross? It’s not too late to do it now.