Sunday, June 26, 2016

The big news/rumor this week is that, according to James Dobson, Donald Trump recently experienced a conversion and has now become "a baby Christian." If true (rather than--perish the thought--a cynical ploy) it makes a Trump presidency even more dangerous in my view. I've been around enough "baby Christians" over the last 25 years to know how unstable they can be as they try to navigate and assimilate an entirely new worldview and make themselves beholden to a plethora of "authorities" telling them what they must now do and how they must now think in order to be a good Christian. 

Hillary may be viewed by conservative fundamentalist Evangelicals as a nominal/liberal Christian, but I would take as President a seasoned nominal/liberal Christian (who knows her Bible, is well-read in Christian theology and has a long track record of church involvement) over an erratic "baby Christian" any day. 

Almost immediately after Saul of Tarsus was converted on the road to Damascus and became Paul, he dropped everything and went away to Arabia, ostensibly for a lengthy period of contemplation, discipleship, reorientation and tempering his previously misguided zeal. If Donald Trump--a man seemingly as complicated and forceful in his own way as Saul of Tarsus--has indeed recently become a born-again Christian, then perhaps (for his own sake as well as for ours) he ought to take a queue from Paul and step away for a while to learn what it means to be a follower of Jesus. I suspect that on election day such an opportunity will be given to him by the voters.


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