Wednesday, February 24, 2016

2 Trumps and A Pope

First the Donald said this:
How can Ted Cruz be an Evangelical Christian when he lies so much and is so dishonest . . . You gotta remember this: To the best of my knowledge, not too many evangelicals come out of Cuba, okay? Just remember that.

Then the Pope said this:
A person who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be, and not building bridges, is not Christian. This is not the gospel.

And then the Donald said this:
For a religious leader to question a person's faith is disgraceful. I am proud to be a Christian. No leader, especially a religious leader, should have the right to question another man's religion or faith."

Naturally, their disciples sprang to their defense.

"Trumpeters" quickly pointed out two things: 1) There are lots of wall-builders in the Bible (somewhere around the book of Two Kings, maybe) and 2) Consistency is for losers.

Francis lovers observed: a) The Pope didn’t build his “gated community,” he just lives there and b) He was speaking of building walls and bridges metaphorically—except of course for that one wall that everybody is talking about (on this point you may want to revisit number 2 above).

Well…maybe they just misspoke. Perhaps they were simply trying to keep up with that fiery lady-preacher, Madeleine Albright.

At any rate, things deescalated quickly. The Pope has offered the Donald “the benefit of the doubt” and the Donald has offered the Pope absolution.

Holy war averted.

The crisis is past but the quandary remains. Who to believe in matters of the heart: Donald Trump, Pope Francis, or Donald Trump?

You see, I’m neither Catholic nor Trumpkin.  

My trust, hope, and loyalties are elsewhere. The One I follow says,
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

I believe Jesus holds the answers to questions of the heart. Will we come to Him? No walls of brick or soul can prevent us. Will we learn from Him? The fact is, whether we know it or not, we are lost—intellectually, morally, and spiritually—without Him. We need a guide.

More than a guide, we need a savior. 

Dear reader, Jesus is the Savior of all men. All men includes you, me, Trumps and popes—even lying Cubans. 

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