“The Faith of Donald J. Trump: A Spiritual Biography”
I kid ye not! The Faith of Donald J. Trump: A Spiritual Biography is a brand-new book cowritten by David Brody, a reporter for the Christian Broadcasting Network, and Scott Lamb, a Southern Baptist pastor.
I’m being a little facetious, but I thought that maybe the book would be ten pages long with a big preface, a very full foreword by Mike Pence, and an extensive epilogue by Franklin Graham (Billy Graham’s son) with many pages of endorsements by the likes of Sean Hannity, Dennis Prager, and Jerry Falwell Jr., all of whom have suggested that Trump “walks on water.”
I was wrong! The book is 375 pages long. You read that correctly—375 pages explaining the spirituality of “the Donald.”
The book is selling for anywhere from $15.99 to $26.99 plus shipping and handling. Amazon Prime members can purchase it for $17.04 with shipping and handling included. I have not yet ordered my copy.
I became a little leery of the book’s content when I read in the foreword that the author suggests that many serious Christians embrace this president because they understand God’s grace better than others (how’s that for humility?) and that moralizing naysayers (I guess that’s me) are like the elder brother in the parable of the good Samaritan.
I would probably plead guilty except no elder brother exists in the good Samaritan story. That brother is in the prodigal son parable. For some reason, that huge slip-up made me lose faith in any of this book’s credibility. One might have thought that either David or Scott, the authors, would have caught that glaring mistake.
I strongly suspect I shall not buy the book but shall make a judgment about Trump’s faith based on watching the man in action as well as working very hard on a daily basis to compare him to my Christ, Jesus.
I am not sure that Trump has taken one action while in office that has any similarity to what Jesus did or what he has taught me. For instance, Jesus said that “it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God” (Mark 10:25). Right before my eyes, the rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer. The evil prosperity gospel is winning.
Jesus tells us to welcome strangers, but all we hear about is building walls, locking strangers out, and calling them awful names.
The church has taught us that marriage is sacred, but I see a president who is on his third marriage and still philandering.
In the New Testament, Jesus reaches out to the gentiles, the hated Samaritans, the mentally disturbed, the sick, and the disabled. He reaches out to prisoners and the oppressed. This president and his Congress are slamming the door in the face of those folks.
On and on I could go, but I see the faith of Trump as destructive and opposed to the teachings of my guru, Jesus. I get scared when I see a group of fundamentalist Christians (they prefer to be called evangelical) supporting Trump’s faith. It’s so reminiscent of Germany in the 1930s.
When a publisher releases a book like this with a straight face, I become deeply concerned.
Is the Church of Our Savior Donald Trump next?