For important, brief and relevant background information to this short article and opinion piece, please see this link Christianity Today Editor Leaves After Backlash Over Editorial Advocating For Trump’s Removal.
The headline to the article at the above link implies that Mark Galli, the now retired and former editor-in chief of Christianity Today, stepped down on account of the huge controversy arising from the article in Christinaity Today which suggested that Trump ought to be impeached for acting in an immoral and unconstitutional manner by attempting “to use his political power to coerce a foreign leader to harass and discredit one of the president’s political opponents”. Adding to this discrediting controversy, President Trump ordered the assination of the prominent Iranian leader, Qassem Solemeini.
Trump immediately responded to criticism by appearing in a church in Miami launching his latest political strategy called, “Evangelicals for Trump” where he is surrounded by professing Christians praying for him, defending him and singing his praises [see the YouTube video at this link Evangelicals for Trump, Miami, Florida.
Jesus taught, “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect” (Matthew 5:43-47).
The apostle Paul taught, Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord. On the contrary: “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good (Romans 12:17-21).
As a zealous, Zionist, Orthodox Jew, highly trained in Judaism under Rabbi Galmaliel, Paul once went about very aggresively persecuting and arresting Christians whom he regarded as a threat to Judaism and Israel – and he also approved of the murder of Stephen.
While they were stoning him, Stephen prayed, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” Then he fell on his knees and cried out, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them.” When he had said this, he fell asleep. And Saul (later called Paul) approved of their killing him (Acts 7:60 – 8:1).
Before his conversion to Christianity through his encounter with Jesus Christ, Paul had a notorious reputation for being an aggressive, sworn enemy of Christianity and the church. What if the church had planned and succeeded to assassinate Paul on the “moral” grounds that he was persecuting and murdering Christians?
As Christians know, we were all once sinners and enemies of God, but through his love and mercy, his grace granted us the undeserved opportunity to be completely forgiven and reconciled to him through Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace, who laid down his life for sinners. This ought to be abundantly obvious to all professing Christians.
King Herod was an obviously wicked and evil king as was his successors. He attempted to kill Jesus when Jesus was an infant because he had heard that Jesus was the Messiah whom he perceived to be a political opponent to his illegitimate monarchy in Jerusalem. However, King Herod had gained favour with many compromised Jews because of the work he had done on renovating the temple in Jerusalem.
Many professing Christians, Zionists and Jews are comparing President Donald Trump in a “positive” manner to King Cyrus, who issued the decree for the Jewish exiles to return from the seventy year Babylonian exile with safe-passage to rebuild Jerusalem and the temple. However, King Cyrus acted prophetically in accord with God’s will and purpose at that time which culminated with the coming of Jesus the Messiah about 485 years later. However, Jesus instructed his faithful disciples to flee from Jerusalem as soon as they saw the siege of the Roman army begin to take place. Jesus has not spoken of the return of Jews to the City and especially if they persist in their treason and rejection of him as God’s Anointed King. On the contrary, the earthly city of Jerusalem is now figuratively compared with Sodom and Egypt and with Hagar and Ishmael – and it is not declared by God to be the capital city of those who claim to be Jews according to the flesh, but who are not.
In his political meeting in the church at Miami, under the banner of “Evangelicals for Trump”, President Trump professed his support for the freedom of religion and for Christianity in the very same breath as boasting about his political achievements, his instruction to assassinate Qassem Soleimani, his illegitimate declaration of the earthly city of Jerusalem as the capital of the Jews and his moving of the US embassy to Jerusalem. President Trump thereby effectively and proudly boasted before professing Christians of all of his accomplishments which have absolutely nothing at all to do with faithful obedience to Jesus Christ the King of kings! Jesus said that his disciples were to flee from the earthly city which now represents Sodom and Egypt in sin and rebellion against the kingdom of God and the King who is seated in heaven. Jesus told us to love our enemies and appeal to them through the preaching of the gospel to be reconciled to one another and to God. Through his death on the cross Jesus broke down the racial, religious and national dividing walls of hostility that once had Jews and Gentiles as sworn enemies of each other. But Trumps own daughter has renounced any potential faith in Jesus by conveiently converting to Judaism to marry Jared Kushner, a sworn Zionist opposed to Jesus the King.
To support President Trump and his Zionist agenda with Netanyahu would be like supporting King Herod and the Jewish leaders who rejected Jesus the King because of their own vain struggle for power and influence over the spiritually blinded and compromised Jews.
However, evil is being called good, while good is being called evil. The blind and sworn allegiance to President Donald Trump reveals the näivity and spiritual blindness of many professing Christians. We are not required to give our support and allegiance to Caesar, Herod or Trump, and all the more so when they oppose Jesus the Messiah, the King of kings. Yes, we are required to submit to the governing authorities but that does not mean that we should turn a blind-eye and not only condone them as if their evil was compatible with our King who reigns supreme from heaven, but to actually approve of their murderous deeds. We do not gain any victory by killing our enemies, on the contrary, we bring the gospel into disrepute and make it even harder for genuine evangelicals to reach the millions of Iranians who have not been reconciled to God through faith in Jesus. Bt supporting Zionism we would oppose the will and purpose of God which is to create one new humanity in which there is neither Jew, nor Gentile, nor Greek, Scythian, American, Iranian, neither black nor white, but one holy nation serving God through faith in our Anointed King who is seated in heaven and who is going to bring about the new Jerusalem, the City of the Great King into which only the redeemed in Christ will enter.
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