THE TRUMP INFLUENCE – BAD COMPANY CORRUPTS GOOD MANNERS

Remind them to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to obey, to be ready for every good work, to slander no one, to avoid fighting, and to be kind, always showing gentleness to all people. For we too were once foolish, disobedient, deceived, enslaved by various passions and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, detesting one another. But when the kindness of God our Savior and His love for mankind appeared, He saved us— not by works of righteousness that we had done, but according to His mercy … ~ Titus 3:1 – 5

The New Testament instructs us to respect authorities and live in a manner that is considerate and humble towards all people, remembering that we too were once ungodly. When those in authority embrace a positions we may differ with, even on such issues as abortion or being pro LGBTQ, that does not give us the liberty to be hateful, have derogatory attitudes, and slanderous speech.

Certainly we are within our Biblical rights to take a stand against what we perceive to be immorality, but we must do so with kindness, discretion, and purity – not with strife and hate. Such attitudes are never justified and only lead to more ungodliness because the wrath of man does not work the righteousness of God. ~ James 1:20

Over the past 4 plus years, many evangelical Christians have thrown their political support behind Donald Trump, believing that Trump was serving the righteous purposes of God, even though Trump’s personal character is in conflict with the core values of Biblical Christianity. The end result has been this – Donald Trump has had more influence on evangelicals for evil, than evangelicals have had on Donald Trump for good. That’s the honest truth!

Do not be deceived: “Bad company corrupts good morals.” ~ 1 Corinthians 15:33

The negative influence that Donald Trump has had on evangelicals has been so bad that one of the “prophets” who claimed Trump would win re-election refuses to repent of his false prophecies. He recently lashed out at his critics, claiming that God hates them.

As Christians we have the responsibility to judge prophecy and to test the spirits of those who claim to be prophets. When a minister claiming to be a prophet becomes so angry towards those who reject him as a prophet because his prophecies did not prove to be true, that is a tell-tale sign that he is not a prophet sent from God.

In contrast to his retaliation of spewing out a curse by telling people God hates them, consider the words of scripture:

Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing. ~ 1 Peter 3:9

Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you. ~ Luke 6:28

Bless those who persecute you. Bless and do not curse. ~ Romans 12:14

Do not repay anyone evil for evil… ~ Romans 12:17

See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men. ~ 1 Thessalonians 5:13

For this is thankworthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully. For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God. For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps: Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously: ~ 1 Thessalonians 2:19-23

It truly is disappointing that so many politically incited ministers are leading other Christians into strife, bitterness, and a failed understanding of the ways of God. Consider this in view of the word of James:

And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell. For every kind of beasts, and of birds, and of serpents, and of things in the sea, is tamed, and hath been tamed of mankind: But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God. Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be. Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter? Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries? either a vine, figs? so can no fountain both yield salt water and fresh. Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom. But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth. This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish. For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work. But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.  ~ James 3:6-18

American evangelicals truly are in the valley of decision. Are they going to serve our Lord Jesus Christ with godliness, or Donald Trump with bitter envying and strife?

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