Photograph by Waiting for the Word of a painting by Harold Copping
Dear Mr. President,
Over the weekend, I read a few articles reporting how evangelical Christians believe you’re doing God’s will by pulling out of the Paris Climate Accord. What a load of nonsense. For the life of me, I can’t figure out why so many of these so-called Christians adore you. You are a bona fide liar, narcissist, tax dodger, draft dodger, adulterer, insulter and manipulator of anything to make yourself appear more – well, what else – like God. You’ve been on the cover of pornographic magazines (Playboy, March 1990), you’ve bragged about your marital infidelity, and your “grab ‘em by the you-know-what” comment will probably be the most memorable thing you’ll ever say. Your private bedrooms probably contain more gold than the golden bull-calf idol described in Exodus chapter 32. You’re about to strip 23 million of America’s poorest and neediest of healthcare in direct contrast to Christ’s and St Paul’s nobler examples. You are not just un-Christian. You are unholy.
I can hear the hypocritical uproar right now: “You’re judging him! Stop judging our elected leader! God put him in office!” Suuuure He did – who knew that God works through Russian hackers? And yet I’ve heard it all before: “Mr. Trump is taking baby Christian steps!,” as Jerry Falwell stated shortly after being photographed with you – right next to your proudly displayed Playboy magazine cover. Just yesterday I heard the one about God choosing severely flawed messengers to do his will: “Noah was a drunk, Abraham was too old, Isaac was a dreamer…give Trump a chance – he’s doing God’s will!” Those who believe this disturbingly flawed line of reasoning should also recall that God also used perfectly evil people to do His will: the Pharaoh Ramses, Herod, and Judas Iscariot all spring to mind.
To live is to take sides, and one can’t take sides without judging. To favor you Falwell-style is to judge you nonetheless. So let me judge you the way your (ever dwindling) followers judged Obama. How many evangelicals lapped up the postdictive decree that the Washington Monument cracked during an earthquake in August 2011 as a sign of God’s displeasure with Obama? And now, why the dead silence about the enormous sinkhole that opened up right in front of your Mar-a-Lago estate only 2 weeks ago? Yes, God does work in mysterious ways. Those who twist God’s word don’t.
And speaking of God’s word, I have had since January 20 a terrible premonition of America’s future based on something you said twice during your inauguration speech: “America first. America first!” The Bible documents three times (Matthew 19:30, Mark 10:31, Luke 13:30) that Jesus said, “The last shall be first, and the first shall be last.” I do believe God does have the power to change your heart and the wrong path you’re putting our nation on. But you’re 70. The time for baby steps is over.