By Jamie W
What is the meaning of dichotomy? It’s really quite simple to a complex mind and quite complex to a simple mind. A dichotomy is a “contrast, a difference, a polarity, a conflict.” Trump is a dichotomy. Trump claims that he is conservative while embracing big government, socialized healthcare, partial birth abortion, and trans-gendered bathrooms. Trump claims he is a Republican while trashing Republicans up and down the ballot and calling for their defeat. Trump claims he is a Christian while declaring he has never asked God for forgiveness, “he’s never done anything to ask forgiveness for.”
All these realities are the very meaning of dichotomy; however, there are even bigger dichotomies at play here.
The “Christian Right” — aka conservative evangelicals — have protested for decades that the United States is falling into disrepair because we have “abandoned” our Judeo-Christian values. These same “holier-than-thou” evangelicals have embraced a man who not only verbally brags about sexual assault against women, but has been accused of the same by actual real, living, breathing women — many of them actually. They embrace a man who has cheated on at least two wives, consents to a boorish man calling his own daughter “a piece of ass,” who has cheated and schemed his way out of paying federal income taxes (render unto Caesar that which is Caesar’s), who has dodged the draft five times, and to top it off, whose own wife has been an actress in an unseemly photo-shoot, as well as pornographic videos.
So now those of us in the anti-Trump group of conservatives are the ones who are “casting the first stone.” Really? I mean seriously? All of these self-righteous evangelical hypocrites are VERY selective about the passages of scripture they wish to regurgitate. For instance, they quote the part where Jesus himself said “those who are without sin, cast the first stone” but they conveniently leave off the portion of the same parable where Jesus said to the sinner “now go and sin NO MORE.” They also want to talk repeatedly about how God’s grace brings us all to redemption, but they completely ignore the second half of redemption, which is REPENTANCE. There is NO redemption without repentance.
So this brings us back to the dichotomy. I’ll be the first to admit that I’m imperfect, flawed, human, and blemished; however, I am a Christian. I have news for Franklin Graham, Robert Jeffress, Pat Robertson, and Jerry Falwell, Jr. None of them, not even one, has the power to declare any of us redeemed, which brings me to this final thought. They want to declare the righteousness of their support for Trump by declaring Romans 3:23 “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” To that I’ll quote another scripture, Matthew 7: 15-17: “Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.”
If you’re truly a Christian, you know this is true. If you only pretend to be a Christian, you’re voting for Donald Trump.