Evangelical Christians Supporting Trump – I Don’t Get It – Five Points

Jesus Weeps

“Jesus Weeps” – John 11:35

As a person who identifies as a Christian with a deep faith and a personal walk with Jesus Christ, I cannot fathom why so many evangelical Christians embrace President Donald Trump with such fervor. I would think that if Jesus lived in someone’s heart, and they professed a personal faith in Jesus Christ, they would desire a leader who embodies Christ’s teachings. Instead, I truly am shocked with the large number of evangelicals who unabashedly support Trump while giving no heed to the many ways he is the complete antitheses of Jesus.

Here are the five points where I feel President Trump is diametrically in opposition to the Christian faith as taught and lived by Jesus and as recorded in the Bible.

1) Being kind. Ephesians 4:34. President Trump spews hatred and nastiness instead of showing respect for all humanity. Mocking a person with a disability, calling Senator Kamala Harris a monster, telling Muslim-American Congresswomen that they should “go back where they came from,” demeans fellow human beings.

2) Seeking truth. John 8:32. Jesus taught that Christians should seek the truth. President Trump has continued to lie from the time he spread the birther theory that President Obama was born in Kenya to lying about the seriousness of COVID-19 to proporting that Vice President Biden has dementia. Too many evangelicals embrace these lies and preach them with as much passion as the gospel.

3) Loving your neighbor. Mark 12:31. Jesus taught that all people are our neighbors and that we should love our neighbors as ourselves. So many evangelicals are following Trump’s direction of not needing to wear masks to curve the spread of COVID, denying that systemic racism persists in our country, and providing tax breaks to the wealthy while cutting crucial services to those less fortunate. It is a disgrace that middle class and upper middle class white evangelicals continue to amass wealth at the expense of marginalized communities and then claim that they are wealthy because God has blessed them for their righteousness.

Christ welcomes the foreigners instead of locking them out and demonizing them.

4) Welcoming the foreigner. Leviticus 19:34.  A theme throughout the Old Testament and then continuing into the gospel is welcoming the visitor and foreigner. Trump wants to build a wall to keep “them” out, separate children from their parents, and lock the kids away in cages. I don’t see many evangelicals calling Trump out on this.

5) Respecting women and the sanctity of marriage. Ephesians 5:25. Many evangelicals fume over same gender couples committing their lives to each other in marriage, yet are totally fine with Trump going through three wives, having multiple affairs, paying off a porn star with hush money, and feeling he can grab any woman’s private parts whenever he wants.

I feel that when Jesus sees how his so-called followers are twisting His words to pompously support their own materialistic self-centered and self-serving lifestyles, that as John 11:35 says, “Jesus Weeps.”

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Blog author Stan Kimer is a diversity consultant and trainer who handles all areas of workplace diversity and with a deep expertise in LGBTQ+ diversity strategy and training, Unconscious Bias and Employee Resource Groups.  He also is a former President of the North Carolina Council of Churches and a long time leader within in Metropolitan Community Churches.  Please explore the rest of my website and never hesitate to contact me to discuss diversity training for your organization, or pass my name onto your HR department. [email protected]

Trump cancels federal racial sensitivity training – Five reasons why this is so wrong

Diverse teams outperform those that are not.

NOTE: Links to several of my previous blogs on the subject of race and racism are at the bottom of this short blog.

As a diversity and inclusion consultant, I was in for a Labor Day weekend shock when my colleague Cecilia Orellana-Rojas, the National Diversity Council’s Senior VP of Strategy and Research, texted me a Forbes article that President Trump has now ordered a ceasing of all federal government employee trainings on racial sensitivity. Link to the Forbes article.

In his pronouncement, Trump is calling diversity training divisive and anti-American, particularly referring to efforts to that promote racial understanding in our nation.

Here are my five reasons why this is so horribly wrong.

1) Diversity training is about building unity, not divisiveness. The purpose of diversity training done right is bring diverse people together to understand the value and strengths each unique person brings to an organization. Diversity training promotes understanding people different from you and treating them with respect.

2) Diversity training is ultimately and totally American, not anti-American. The United States has been built upon diverse people coming from all areas of the world and contributing their gifts and talents to building this “great experiment” (as called by several our country’s founders.) The US’s strength comes from being perhaps the most diverse nation on earth.

3) There are past historical wrongs that do need to be addressed. Yes, even as people came from all over the globe to build a new fantastic nation, there are dark stains on our history that need to be recognized. These include the genocide of the Native Americans that were here before the European settlers, the dehumanizing institution of slavery, and the pushing out of, and the stealing of land from, the first Hispanic settlers in the American southwest.

Movement Like “Black Lives Matter” are working to address systemic racism.

4) The current wrongs and issues in our country need to be addressed, not ignored. Sure, slavery was abolished over 150 years ago, but systemic racism and unfair treatment of our Black population is pervasive and documented. To grow as a country, we must come to face to the realities of systemic racism and start to seriously address it.

5) Relevant diversity strategy and training breeds success. This has been proven in the business world; companies and organizations that “get diversity” outperform their non-diverse peers and are more profitable.  See leading consulting group McKinsey’s report “Diversity Wins and How Inclusion Matters.”

Let us all unite to build a better more inclusive diverse nation and world where together we grow stronger and better.

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Links to several of my past related blogs on this topic

Diversity and Inclusion- Does It Divide Us or Unify Us?

In “Facing the Truth – Racism Still Persists in the USA,” I discuss both personal and institutional racism.

This blog summarizes an excellent book providing an excellent long-term historic view of racism in the US: Divided We Stand – Racism in America from Jamestown to Trump – a Book Review.

Trump cancelled approved plans to place African-American woman Harriett Tubman on our $20 bill

And a recent blog about how Trump reversed the plans to place Harriett Tubman on our $20 bill. 

A guest blog by my cousin Brandon who works as a priason social worker; Five Steps to Reduce the Mass Incarceration of African Americans.

Two cool books on race relations from a University of Chicago Graduate.

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Blog author Stan Kimer is a diversity consultant and trainer who handles all areas of workplace diversity and with a deep expertise in LGBTQ+ diversity strategy and training, Unconscious Bias and Employee Resource Groups. Please explore the rest of my website and never hesitate to contact me to discuss diversity training for your organization, or pass my name onto your HR department.  [email protected]