Once again Donald Trump has engaged in racial epithets in a vain attempt to distract America from all of his failures at leadership. He has chosen to refer to NFL players using a vile, profane term. It’s racism in full view: the NFL players are protesting racial animus in white America. They play in a game where about 80% of the players are African American while about 80% of the fans are white. So Trump not only uses profanity against them in public, but also calls upon team owners to fire them in response.
It’s understandable that Donald Trump behaves in this way. This was the way he was brought up. He has a long record of profane speech and behavior. What’s still incomprehensible is that a few reputedly Christian leaders continue to support Trump. Trump has little or no exposure to the Christian faith and has shown no signs that he affirms Christian values or supports Christian action. There may be understandable reasons why people support Trump: white resentment, racial hatred, nihilism, the vain hope that he will keep his word and change America for the better. However, there are NO specifically Christian reasons for supporting Trump.
Trump accused the NFL players of “disrespecting America.” They have violated no law. In fact, they have demonstrated the best of American democracy. I say this as someone who is something that Donald Trump will never be: a veteran. I also say this as something that Donald Trump shows no visible signs of being: a Christian.
I’ve served in Alabama with the church and I think it’s an insult that Donald Trump chose Alabama as a place where he thought he could throw “red meat” to the voters, assuming that Alabamians are as crude as he is. I think he sold the state short. The best argument for their voting for even a constitutional foe like Roy Moore is that Trump used his remarks to support Luther Strange.
I hesitate to take time off from preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ and preparing a new generation of preachers to speak out as well, but I thought it worthwhile to expend a bit of time saying that which ought to be obvious: Donald Trump is grossly disrespecting America and Christians who support him are helping him to do it.