Here Krauthammer attempts to explain, what seems inexplicable,…..that evangelical Christians seem to be whole-heartedly supporting Donald Trump’s bid for the presidency of the United States.  Charles might be right to think it is fear that drives them into Trump’s camp, but how awful, if that is true.

A Christian is someone who puts their trust and hope and faith in the word of the living God.  A Christian is one who is born again, not in the flesh, but born a second time, in the Spirit of God.  Christians have a new Leader, one who assures them, ...”all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, while evil men and impostors will go on from bad to worse, deceivers and deceived.”

If Charles is right, then these our American brethren have gone badly off the rails.  Yes, the attack on God and His church is intensifying, but do we then follow the Piper to save our skins?  “What does it profit a man if he gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?”

We are on the road to Heaven, but till death we live with two feet on this earth.  And here below what we need are rulers who are wise and just and fair.  Secular leaders need not be horrible and those who claim to be children of God can turn out to be very bad, once they taste power.

I take my car to a good mechanic, aside from his spiritual convictions.  Once Richard went to a Christian dentist who was awful to his staff and a ham-fisted butcher, who did some serious harm while ‘fixing’ teeth.  I don’t ask the eye-doctor what religion he holds to, or the electrician whether he believes in a higher power.  It is enough that each can do the job well.

Locally I believed a fellow was competent for the job of mayor and to top it all, he was a Christian.  He got the job and proved a bitter disappointment as a Christian.  Federally, Stephen Harper seemed to offer a ray of hope to believers.  But he was lame and weak as a man of faith in God.

Secular leaders need to focus on matters that pertain to all of us, with our common need for infrastructure and safety and health and sound economic decisions,….. matters that  can, in some sense, be done well regardless of one’s religion or lack of any faith.

What is galling however, is political candidates, soliciting votes,  who assure us that they personally oppose this, or that, or……….. whatever the issue.  So they get the conservative vote.  Only once ensconced in the coveted place of power the brave leader changes the tune.  It now becomes, ‘Why yes, I do PERSONALLY oppose abortion,……or pornography, or whatever the issue, but I won’t legislate morality, won’t impose my views on others you know.’

Sure, so like, I personally oppose rape, and murder, theft, lying, and all forms of graft but you know,…. I would not want to impose my moral values on others.

Well then cowardly christians, please don’t fill your campaign trail with hot air.  Just be quiet about your ‘personal convictions,’ if they won’t have a hint of an impact on how you govern your piece of the landscape, after you contrive to hoodwink people into thinking you shared their values and that would serve to guide your decisions, once in power.

So now we come to this appalling place of having the children of the living God in despair, and in fear of losing their freedoms,  flocking holus-bolus to a frothing at the mouth pagan to save them from a world increasingly hostile to our Creator and Lord.  BAD CHOICE!  Why not rather pray to Him, trust in Him to guide you through this fallen world.  He never promised us a life of ease but He does promise joy and peace and love, in the midst of the storms of life. Jesus promised never to leave us, and He keeps His word.

History tells us that the enemy of God and of His people is full of hate, and will never stop his evil attack of Christ and the church until God brings this chapter of history to a close. To walk with the Lord is infinitely higher, than to seek the fleeting treasures of this temporal life.  Christians have died and continue to die, rather than deny their love for God.  Most of us are not called to that degree of suffering, and don’t exhibit a lot of courage even in the face of small difficulties, but God is worthy and He will take His own safely home some day.

Jesus is our ultimate teacher and master, “but Jesus did not trust himself to them, because he knew all men and needed no one to bear witness of man; for he himself knew what was in man.”

And in the Old Testament,  Thus says the Lord: “Cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his arm, whose heart turns away from the Lord. He is like a shrub in the desert, and shall not see any good come.  He shall dwell in the parched places of the wilderness, in an uninhabited salt land.

“Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose trust is the Lord.  He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat omes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit.”

The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately corrupt; who can understand it?  “I the Lord search the mind and try the heart, to give to every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his doings.”

My brethren in the United States have an awful choice to make, if the only options for President are between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.  They’ll need the wisdom of Solomon. But they make a grave error if they think either of those people can be earthly saviours.  There likely are dark days ahead, but Jesus Christ has not abdicated His throne, and Christians, above all others should set their hope in God, not man.

EXCERPTS from: http://www.newsadvance.com/opinion/columnists/krauthammer_charles/trump-and-his-puzzling-relationship-with-evangelicals/article_3e2d2b88-e24e-11e5-90f5-0fb71bcfa5e2.html

 March 6, 2016

By CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER

What happened to the evangelicals? They were supposed to be the bedrock of the Ted Cruz candidacy. Yet on Super Tuesday he lost them to Donald Trump.Cruz still did make a reasonably good showing, winning Alaska, Oklahoma and Texas, the latter by an impressive 17 points. But he didn’t have the great night he needed to put away Marco Rubio and emerge as Trump’s one remaining challenger.

Cruz had done all the groundwork to win evangelicals and sweep the South by putting together strong alliances with local pastors and leaders. And yet, outside Oklahoma and Texas, he lost them to Trump by stunning margins —
How could this have happened? A more scripturally, spiritually flawed man than Trump would be hard to find. As several anti-Trump evangelical voices have argued, Christian witness cannot possibly support a thrice-married man with such an impressive list of sins, featuring especially spectacular displays of the seven deadlys.
These theological arguments are both eloquent and impassioned but, in this season of fear and anxiety, beside the point. This time around, evangelicals are not looking for someone like them. They’re looking for someone who will protect them.
They’ve tried backing exemplary Scripture-quoting Christians — without result. After Mike Huckabee and Rick Santorum and considerations of Cruz himself, they are increasingly reluctant to support like-minded candidates who are nonetheless incapable of advancing their cause in a hostile political arena so dominated by secularism.
They have no illusions about Trump. They have no expectations of religious uplift. What he offers them is not spirit but “muscle”
….. in the speech, he described how Christians abroad are being massacred and Christians here at home are under cultural and political siege. He pledged: “We’re going to protect Christianity.”
Interesting locution. Not just Christians, but Christianity itself. What Trump promises is to stand outside the churchyard gates and protect the faithful inside. He’s the Roman centurion standing between them and both barbarians abroad and aggressive secularists at home.
The message is clear: I may not be one of you. I can’t recite or even correctly cite Scripture. But I will patrol the borders of Christendom on your behalf. They went for Trump in a rout.
The essence of Trump’s appeal everywhere, far beyond evangelicals, is precisely the same: “I’m tough, I will protect you.” That’s why he remains so bulletproof. His lack of policy, the contradictory nature of his pronouncements that pass as policy — especially their capricious eruption and summary abandonment — have turned out to be an irrelevance.
Who cares? His support has nothing to do with actual prescriptions.  The political success of Trump’s draconian immigration stance lies not in the policy but in the attitude — a not-going-to-take-it-anymore defiance.
That’s the reason none of the rhetorical outrages that would have destroyed another candidacy have even left a mark on Trump. — nothing. If anything, he gains support for fearless “telling it like it is” candor.
This is a man who three times last Sunday refused to disavow David Duke and the Ku Klux Klan. No other candidate could survive that. Trump not only survives, he thrives. Two days later, he wins seven out of 11 Super Tuesday states and ascends to the threshold of presumptive nominee.
Which is why the only possible way to stop Trump is a full-scale, open-the-bomb-bay-doors attack on the very core of his appeal: his persona of the tough guy you can trust to protect you.
It may be too late. But everything else will simply bounce off the Teflon.
Krauthammer is a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for The Washington Post. Email him at letters@charleskrauthammer.com.
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