President Trump is criticized for being a fan of demagoguery, political expediency, scapegoating and outright lying to bolster support among his fans and distract from real issues facing the United States. All charges that come with some pretty compelling evidence from the President’s own words and actions.
This includes lying about a $130,000 payout possibly made with campaign funds during the 2016 election to an adult film actress, writer and director to cover up their alleged 2006 affair. And another $150,000 payout made for him by David Pecker at the National Enquirer to a former model to also hide their alleged affair.
President Trump was married to Melania at the time of both affairs. Infidelity by Trump also contributed to his divorce from his first wife Ivana. His second wife, Marla, refuses to comment on Trump’s faithfulness during their marriage.
However, President Donald Trump’s most devoted followers are White evangelical Christians.
Despite the Bible condemning adultery and bearing false witness while promoting charity and compassion to the foreigner—Trump’s personal behavior and political actions have not stopped White evangelicals from supporting the President more strongly than any other voting demographic in the United States.
Because of this unwavering devotion, evangelical Christians get special attention from the President and Vice President Mike Pence in return. Like special dinners with the POTUS and FLOTUS at the White House.
Why are we not having Muslim Dinners? Or People-Who-Actually-Follow-Jesus Dinners (Trump followers not eligible)? Or All-Religions-Not-Christian Dinners?
The Constitution forbids favoring one religion over others. This is a violation of the First Amendment. https://t.co/myZMqhxaR2
— Mrs. Betty Bowers (@BettyBowers) August 29, 2018
Now, Roger E. Olson—a professor of Theology—is offering a stern warning to Christians about Trump’s devotion to them and their ideals.
Theology is the study of the nature of God and religious belief. In a blog post published by Patheos this past Monday, Olson—who works at George W. Truett Theological Seminary at Baylor University—spoke out about the devotion he sees from Trump to those so devoted to him.
“Personally, speaking only for myself, I believe President Trump only cares about power.”
“I have not seen any real principles—other than ‘Make America great again’ (with an implied ‘and me, too’).”
“I strongly suspect that he is manipulating his conservative Christian ‘base’ and would turn on them in a moment if it suited his agenda to be powerful.”
Olson also spoke of the apparent hypocrisy of glorifying Trump as a champion of conservative Christianity when the President’s own life indicates otherwise.
“Over the past year many researchers have asked evangelical Christians who voted for Donald Trump for president why they did it—given his somewhat unsavory past in terms of morality (as understood from a traditional Christian perspective).”
“As more of that has come to light, evangelical Christians who support Trump as more than “just another president” but as something of a messianic figure have been pressed to explain why.”
Olson wasn’t the only one to point out the hypocrisy.
Stormy Daniels' Friend Turned Down Threesome with Donald Trump
Trump was out having threesomes with pornstars while his wife was pregnant. I love watching these fake religious leaders & corrupt Republicans defend Trump here. This is absolutely ridiculous. https://t.co/pnUZB7YcUi
— Scott Dworkin (@funder) January 27, 2018
Many were in agreement.
I'm not a believer in the Second Coming, but it would be rather wonderful to hear what Jesus might have to say to the self-professed “Christians” who proselytize for Donald Trump.pic.twitter.com/aQj7gkpD6R
— Why to vote Green #FBPE (@WhyToVoteGreen) August 31, 2018
Oh God, it just gets grosser and grosser.
Make it stop, for the love of Mike.
— Lyric #GOTV (@LyricalAve) January 27, 2018
— AinFL 2017 (@AllochkaFL2017) January 27, 2018
My favorite quote “Don’t try to change a @realDonaldTrump supporters vote-they can’t be turned-that would be like trying to turn an evangelical into a real Christian”
— Mrs.B (@MrsB57967099) August 31, 2018
— J Harding (@J_Harding) January 27, 2018
While others agreed that Trump was only using Christianity to manipulate his base.
Trump is not “an instrument of God” people, rather he is an opportunist with his own agenda. Period. And as the expression reads: Go back, it’s a trap!
— Lesley Austin (@LesleyA15068568) August 30, 2018
He is manipulating everyone, that’s his thing
— Lisa Alford Haas (@lisaahaas) August 30, 2018
Olson identifies himself as an evangelical Christian.
It is good to see someone from within that community publicly speaking up before the religious sect loses all credibility with other Christians and non-Christians alike over their unwavering support of Donald Trump.
Gay people are bad and going to Hell for simply existing.
Also Trump Christians:
A three-time married, vile, ignorant, profane, serial adulterer, Nazi-coddler is anointed by God to save Christianity.
This is why people #EmptyThePews.
— John Pavlovitz (@johnpavlovitz) August 28, 2018
Whether his fellow evangelicals will listen or attack him remains to be seen.