Oh…My Goodness! You know… it is a rare thing when Donald Trump is almost made speechless. Really. Trump talks incessantly once you get him started. He may repeat himself 50 times (I’m so great…I’m # 1…Everybody loves me) but…he just keeps right on going. However, yesterday, when Pope Francis commented on Trump’s statements “about building a wall to keep out the so called ‘illegal immigrants'”…Trump literally looked…STUMPED. For a second or two…He was struggling for what to say. Why? Trump was pissed… by what the Pope said. However, because the Pope is the “Pope”… he knew damn well he couldn’t say what was really on his mind. O.k. Let me back up a bit…& tell you what went down.
While traveling back to Rome from Mexico, a journalist asked Pope Francis his opinion on Trump’s proposals to halt illegal immigration. Pope Francis responded, “A person who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be, and not building bridges, is not Christian. This is not the gospel.” The Pope then added, “I say only that this man is not Christian if he has said things like that.” So…in essence the Pope said, “Donald Trump is not Christian.” Well, you see… the Pope directly contradicts what “The Donald” has been espousing he is. In response, Trump kicked back at the Pope… saying, “For a religious leader to question a person’s faith is disgraceful. I am proud to be a Christian.”
Basically, he’s telling the Pope you are just a man…too. How dare you tell me what I am…or…am not. With that in mind…let’s examine if there is any truth to Trump’s statement that “he is a Christian.” And…let’s do so, not from man’s perspective…but, from that of God. O.k. A “Christian” is suppose to be someone who lives Christ like. You are suppose to try & walk in the way of Christ. Meaning? Follow what Christ tells you to do in your daily living. A Christian is someone who wants to change, for the better, and seeks God for help. This entails “repenting” (asking God for forgiveness for your sins) & believing that with his help… you can be more & more Christ like.
Last month, in an interview with Jake Tapper from CNN…Donald Trump said he does not regret never asking God for forgiveness, partially because he doesn’t have much to apologize for. He said & I quote, “I like to be good. I don’t like to have to ask for forgiveness. And I am good. I don’t do a lot of things that are bad. I try to do nothing that is bad.” Now. Asking God for forgiveness, in the name of Jesus, is a basic tenet of Christianity. When Jesus told his disciples how to pray he said this, “2 When you pray, say: Father, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come. 3 Give us each day our daily bread. 4 Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us. And lead us not into temptation.“ (Luke 11: 2-4) O.k. So…our “GOOD” Mr. Trump…doesn’t follow what Jesus tells his disciples to do when praying. He said he “never” ask God for forgiveness. You cannot refuse to do what Jesus ask you to do & then, be his follower… a “CHRISTIAN.” And…This is just one example of how Donald Trump is not being “Christ like” in his actions.
Some people are saying that the Pope should stick to religion and stay out of politics. Honestly…that is a really dumb ass thing to say. Why? Pope Francis is suppose to be a disciple of Christ. Meaning? Meaning that we are suppose to walk in the way that Jesus did when He walked as a man on this earth. In other words…we are suppose to follow in his footsteps in terms of how to live…& how to be. When Jesus walked this earth…Jesus called a “spade a spade.” He called it like it was. Jesus went around educating people about the wickedness of their ways & encouraged them to change that shit around…before it was too late. Just that plain…just that simple. O.k. For example, Jesus told the people about the Pharisees and the Sadducees (the priest & reverends of his day): “Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples: 2 ‘The teachers of the law and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat. 3 So you must be careful to do everything they tell you. But do not do what they do, for they do not practice what they preach.’” (Matthew 23:1-3) Jesus then, directly addressed the Pharisees & Sadducees, “13 Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You shut the door of the kingdom of heaven in people’s faces. You yourselves do not enter, nor will you let those enter who are trying to. 14 Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you devour widows’ houses, and for a pretense make long prayers. Therefore you will receive greater condemnation. 15 “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You travel over land and sea to win a single convert, and when you have succeeded, you make them twice as much a child of hell as you are.” (Matthew 23: 13-15) Pay close attention to the words of Jesus. In verses 13, 14 & 15, notice…He calls them “Hypocrites.” In verse 15, He also calls them “children of hell.” NOT MY WORDS…but, JESUS’ WORDS. And…that’s some serious stuff Jesus is putting down. He is not playing & He for damn sure… is not joking. O.k. then…
Jesse Berney, a writer for the Rolling Stone magazine, said today about Donald Trump & I quote, “Even this nonbeliever can recognize a Pharisee when he sees one.” He went on to elaborate, “Do you honestly think Donald Trump has ever tried to spread the word? Can you imagine Donald Trump on his knees, supplicating to a God he believes has complete power over his life, asking to be saved? “
So, You tell me… If it is o.k. for Jesus to call a “hypocrite” a “hypocrite” then, why in Satan’s hell is it a problem for Pope Francis to basically call Donald Trump one. If it is o.k. for Jesus (& it is…make no mistake about that) to call these devilish ass people he’s dealing with, “children of hell”… then, why in Satan’s hell is it a problem for Pope Francis to call Donald Trump a “Non-Christian” if his actions show that he is NOT A CHRISTIAN. You know what…I am so sick & tired of people trying to be apologist when someone has done something wrong. The people who are saying that the Pope should stay out of politics are only saying it because, more likely than not, he has stepped on their damn toes… too. No doubt. It sounds like they agree with Donald Trump’s views on “wall building” & also, don’t want to be seen as being “NON-CHRISTIAN.” To that I say this… “^%$*#… If the shoe fits, then, wear it got damn it. If you are bold enough to think that people should be “walled out” of this country…then, have the courage to own it. Because you see…You can’t fool God. He knows your heart. God doesn’t need the Pope to say something in order for him, as God, to know how you really feel. Hell No. God already knows the rot that’s stinking within the hearts of man. He does not…&, I repeat…He does not need man to say it…in order for him, as God, to know it. God is Omniscient (All Knowing).” O.k.
Jesus walked this earth spreading the gospel as the Father required him to do. Jesus spoke the truth…Jesus is the truth. As a disciple of God, the Pope is required, by God, to do the same. The fact that man… may not like the truth that the Pope speaks…at times…then, so be it. That is not the Pope’s problem…that is not God’s problem. That problem lies squarely in the lap of all of those who don’t want to hear that particular “truth.” So…the writing on the wall is this… Donald Trump is “NOT A CHRISTIAN” just like Pope Francis said. Trump does not walk like Christ. He is a racist & a pathological liar. Neither of these are characteristics of our Lord & Savior…JESUS CHRIST. Now…you can choose to accept these truths or you don’t have to. God gave you the “freewill” to choose. However, I would caution you this…choose well my friend. For… you do not want to be a “child of hell” who one day… finds yourself to be… a “child in hell.”
Iris R. Whiting ©