10.14.2016

Sympathy for the Devil: Part 1

I'm having trouble reconciling some things. Maybe you can help me. 
James Dobson, founder of Focus on the Family, and part of Donald Trump's presidential advisory team, attempted to appeal to Evangelical voters by making the claim that Donald Trump had recently become a Christian.  But Dobson's statements do not add up.

On one occasion Dobson said that he KNEW for a fact that Donald Trump had a relationship with Christ. To those of us who had trouble seeing it, he said we should take into account that Trump's conversion was recent. He is a baby Christian. He did not grow up like us. He doesn't know the language. Here are his words.
“He (Trump,) did accept a relationship with Christ. I know the person who led him to Christ, and that’s fairly recent. … I believe he really made a commitment, but he’s a baby Christian,” - James Dobson (See - Is Donald Trump now a born-again Christian?)

That was published in June 2016.
Now, putting asside the fact that the announcement of Trump's recent conversion happens just in time to pick up the Evangelical vote after Ted Cruz bows out of the race in May 2016; also putting aside the fact that common sense would speak against the putting such a heavy responsibilities (like the presidency of the United States,) on someone so spiritually immature; putting aside all of these concerns, I still have a hard time reconcilling that with another statement by Dobson made elsewhere. . .

On his own website Dobson went into more detail about Trump's conversion, but this time leaving ample room open for doubt.
"Only the Lord knows the condition of a person’s heart.  I can only tell you what I’ve heard.  First, Trump appears to be tender to things of the Spirit.  I also hear that Paula White has known Trump for years and that she personally led him to Christ. Do I know that for sure?  No.  Do I know the details of that alleged conversion?  I can’t say that I do." - James Dobson
Dobson no longer wants to personally vouch for Trump's conversion. He says,

"Only the Lord knows," "I can only tell you what I've heard," and "Do I know for sure, No." He even refers to it as "The alleged conversion." These are not the statements of a man "in the know".  And this is from a man on Trump's presidential advisory board. Hasn't he personally spoken with Donald Trump? Doesn't he know Paula White personally? He said he did. Surely he can vouch for the validity of Trump's conversion based on his personal relationship with one of these two. Can't he? Can he?
So Dobson's claim that "Trump did" accept Christ is now iffy.
His claim that Trump is "Tender to the things of the spirit" is also now, admittedly based on no personal knowledge of the man or his pastor.

Okay, well, what about the claim that he is a recent convert. That might still be true - right?  Even if it was a lucky guess on Dobson's part.  Maybe a quote from Paula White herself can clear this up. In an interview with Christian Post she did (dated July 2016,) he states,
"For nearly fifteen years, I've had countless conversations with Donald Trump about the Bible. In fact, I met him because he watches Christian television and he was moved by one of my sermons: The Value of Vision.
After watching my television show, he tracked me down. He literally called me out of the blue, and I was amazed by how he remembered my sermon, almost word-for-word." - Paula White
According to Paula White, Trump sought her out 15 years ago - that's right around 9/11, admittedly a time when many people were wrestling with their spiritual beliefs. Yet, it's hardly recent. Is there anything about Dobson's claim of Trump's conversion real? 
Upon close examination the answer appears to be no.  It is empty. Wishful thinking at best, utilitarian and manipulative at worst. It says you will know a tree by its fruit.  So tell me, has been any sign of fruit in 15 years - since his alleged conversion?

The recorded incident with Billy Bush happened in 2005. That's 4 whole years after he approached Paula White after seeing her preach on television and seeking her spiritual guidance.  Was he sincere?  If that conversation with Bush was true - I highly doubt it. What did he say, "I'm attracted to beautiful, like a magnet. I can't help myself, I just start kissing." Was he attracted to wisdom, or beauty?


My point in raising concerns about Donald Trump, James Dobson, and any other religious celebrities on his spiritual advisory board is not to tell you how to vote. It's to make you aware, so that you won't be in for a rude awakening if you succeed in getting this cad elected. How can you tell if Trump is a Christian? Should we go to Dobson? Falwell?  Or should we go to scripture?

What does the Bible say?


A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. . . you will know them by their fruit?


In November we will sow the seeds of that our country will harvest over the next four years.  It would serve all of us well to keep in mind these passages, and to not labor under any delusions about who Donald Trump is.

It would also serve us well to keep in mind that there are many who speak in the name of Jesus who are willing to use their influence to convince you that Donald Trump is the man for the job - even as they themselves wrestle with their own uncertainties.

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