Posted by Independent Media on September 18, 2018 04:00:49 Christian faith is the foundation of political parties, the argument goes, and the faith of the president is also essential to his legitimacy.
A faith is not only the moral, ethical and social conviction of a person.
It is also the political and ideological stance of a political organisation, which can be the basis for its actions.
While this is a well-known fact, there is also a growing number of Christians in the US who have come out against Donald Trump, claiming his political stance is contrary to the faith they hold.
While the arguments for and against are sometimes complicated, the underlying principle remains the same: Christianity is a political and moral faith that must be defended and respected.
It was a position articulated in a letter to the Christian Science Monitor, and it’s now being embraced by a number of Christian political organisations, as the US is moving towards its 2024 presidential election.
The letter, written by Richard Landes, a senior fellow at the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, and signed by about 100 members of the Christian Coalition, argues that faith in Christ has never been more important.
“In fact, we must be concerned with the direction of our country if we are to move forward in a more humane, just and prosperous society,” the letter reads.
The signatories argue that Trump is “a demagogue, a racist, an isolationist, a sexist and a xenophobe who is at odds with his own party”.
They point out that he has repeatedly “misused” his office and “threatened to take the United States to war with China and Russia”.
And they argue that he is “incapable of governing”.
The letter also argues that Trump’s support for the Christian conservative Christian Identity movement is “an existential threat to our national security”.
Landes said the letter was an attempt to push back against “the notion that Christians are the most persecuted religious minority in the world”.
The president “doesn’t represent Christianity as a whole,” he said, but rather the “Christian right”.
Trump’s election was “a big win for the far right, and a big loss for the secular left,” he told the Christian Broadcasting Network.
Landes argued that Christian leaders should be able to speak out against the president because, unlike many other political leaders, he is not beholden to a “single religious tradition”.
The evangelical Christian, whose book was recently released in paperback, said that while Trump was “not a Christian” in any way, he has “in common with the people who do not believe in God”.
“I think we’re not in a place to argue or argue about the faith, the doctrines, the ethics of the person who occupies the White House,” he added.
The president has been criticised by many other Christian leaders, as well, including the head of the American Baptist Convention and the American Family Association, who said that Trump was a “disgrace to America”.
But he also called Trump “the greatest president ever elected in the history of the United Kingdom”.
The American Family Institute, which supports the Republican Party and the Trump administration, released a statement that said: “Donald Trump has not only insulted the Christian faith, he’s made it a litmus test of whether he believes in God.
He has no faith, and that’s exactly what we’ve seen in this campaign.”
The president is seen as having a “strong Christian heritage” and the president of the National Association of Evangelicals said he supported Trump because he was “firmly in the tradition of his father, who was a strong Christian”. “
If we believe in the Christian tradition, and believe in Jesus Christ, we should stand up against those things as well.”
The president is seen as having a “strong Christian heritage” and the president of the National Association of Evangelicals said he supported Trump because he was “firmly in the tradition of his father, who was a strong Christian”.
“It is my understanding that Mr Trump is a Baptist,” the president said.
“And we’re going to see a strong evangelical voice in this administration, because we believe that faith is a strong foundation for America and our values.”
A spokesperson for the Southern Poverty Law Centre (SPLC), which tracks hate groups, also welcomed the president’s support of the faith.
“The president’s faith is so important to the American people, and so vital to the survival of the country,” said the SPLC’s executive director, Michael Hill.
“This administration has been led by one of the most divisive figures in modern US history, who has promised to strip the rights from millions of Americans.”
The SPLC said the president had made statements such as the one on abortion that are “disgusting and offensive” and that he “threatens to use military force” against religious institutions if they refuse to obey his order to enforce his anti-LGBT agenda.