This week there have been a few articles going around that Republican nominee for President Donald Trump has prayed the sinners prayer and now is a Christian. For example Dr. James Dobson says this about Trump and his conversion:
“I don’t know when it was but it has not been long, and I believe he really made a commitment, but he’s a baby Christian, we all need to be praying for him, especially if there’s a possibility of him being our next chief executive officer, and I think that he’s open. He doesn’t know our language, you know, we had 40 Christians together with him, he used the word hell four or five times, he doesn’t know our language, he really doesn’t, and he refers a lot to religion and not much to faith and belief.” (This quote is taken from this website)
Dr Dobson is not the only one. Many other evangelical leaders have come out saying that Trump is a Christian.
Now I want to ask do these religious leaders really believe this? I find Trumps’ conversion hard to believe because of the kind of politician he is. Trump has a habit of saying what he needs to say to curry favour with those he is trying to woo and I think this is what is happening here. All through out history politicians have taken on religion for political ends. I was just reading about the great Scottish reformer John Knox who saw politicians pursuing ungodly ambitions under the cloak of religion. He also says that these men who do this have a habit of then turning around and stabbing the very religious leaders who helped them get into political office in the back. Will this happen if Trump gets into power? I don’t know. I hope not.
Is Trump a Christian? I have huge doubts about his conversion but I am praying for him. I hope he is. If he truly is we will see this in the way he leads with humility and grace and how he publicly repents of sin and pursues righteousness.
I’m also praying for the evangelical leaders of our world. I’m praying that they will pursue righteousness not power in this world and that they will have courage in the face of political pressure and love in the face of potential trials.