A man without faith only trusts in himself
Paula White, the woman who reportedly led Donald Trump to Jesus Christ, will pray at the president-elect’s inauguration ceremony.
She is one of many faith leaders who will participate in the event, but probably the only one who rejects the fundamental Christian doctrine that Jesus is part of the Trinity.
Trump won the support of many evangelicals during his campaign, but not because of his faith. At least that’s the only logical conclusion, since the man appears to have no faith.
He once said he never asked for forgiveness because he hadn’t done anything that he needed to be forgiven for. That’s a bold statement for sure and one that would have gotten any other politician in deep trouble with Christian voters.
Imagine if President Obama had uttered those words. Some Americans (29 percent in one poll) believe Obama is a secret Muslim and for some that’s apparently worse than being a fake Christian.
Now, only God knows what’s in Trump’s heart, but the Bible makes some things clear: “You shall know them by their fruits.” Trump’s fruit doesn’t appear to be of the Christian variety.
Why does any of this matter you ask? Because Trump obviously doesn’t take his faith seriously. And that’s dangerous, because a man without a compass pointing to something bigger than himself is prone to believe only in himself.
Trump’s approach to decision-making is simple. There are no deliberations, no quiet moments in prayer seeking advice from God. He simply uses his own gut instinct. Trump said he can make good decisions “with very little knowledge other than the knowledge I [already] had, plus the words ‘common sense,’ because I have a lot of common sense and I have a lot of business ability.”
A man who thinks he knows everything is a man who listens to no one. That’s not what we expect or desperately need from our president.
We need a man — or woman — who is wise enough to understand he doesn’t know everything, that he needs the advice of others and is willing to ask those around him — and God — for help.
No president has been an expert on the countless issues that are placed on his desk and Trump will be no different. But other presidents have sought the counsel of people who are. It doesn’t appear Trump will do that.
Not only does he appear to ignore the advice of those around him, he seems to despise those who actually know more than he does.
“I know more about ISIS than the generals do,” he once said.
“I know more about renewables than any human being on earth,” he said.
“I think nobody knows more about taxes than I do, maybe in the history of the world,” he said.
He’s a know-it-all in the same way my 10-year-old son is. Is Trump really that naive or is it all part of his show? If he truly believes those things he said, the world may be in trouble.
The decisions of the president of the United States matter greatly, both here and around the world. Lives, economies, peace and war are at stake. And the man making those decisions trusts only in himself.
God help us. Trump may not believe in God, but he needs the people of God to pray for him.
Publisher Luke Horton can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.