Thoughts On Trump, Muslim Liberty, and ISIS

Russell Moore: Evangelical Christians, if we are serious religious liberty, we must say “no” to Trumpism:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/acts-of-faith/wp/2015/12/07/russell-moore-people-who-care-an-iota-about-religious-liberty-should-denounce-donald-trump/

Trump is an ISIS dream. Turning people against Muslims plays into their strategy to get Muslims to join their cause:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2015/11/17/isis-wants-you-to-hate-muslims/

As for my personal opinions about Trump, and for other candidates of either party for that matter, I shall refrain from any kind of endorsement. What is presented above are articles that denounce the kind of rhetoric Trump is using. He is playing on the fear of others, but as for Christians, Christ has not given us a spirit of fear, but a spirit of power, love, and self-control (2 Tim. 1:7). I strongly believe in the doctrines of historic, orthodox Christianity. And while I totally disagree with Muslims about religious matters, wholly rejecting Islam, I am compelled by the love of Christ to love them and to share with them the good news of the life-transforming, redemptive work of Jesus Christ.

As for religious liberty, I have no issue with allowing Muslims to worship in mosques just as I see it fair to allow Jews to go to synagogue, Mormons to temple, and Christians to church. The same constitutional clause that allows them to worship, provides freedom for me to worship. And, as Moore pointed out, if the government can arbitrarily shut down one group, they can do it to another. No group would be safe. Christianity is not tied to a political party or a geopolitical nation, and we must be careful to not confuse with a well-meaning sense of patriotism with an unbiblical Christian nationalism. America is not the kingdom of God. The kingdom is far bigger, greater, and everlasting. Perhaps this is a subject deserving its own post. Anyway, you get the drift.

 

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