Jim Wallis: What that Bible Trump is promoting says about fact

(RNS) — An open letter to Donald Trump:

Pricey Donald,

By advertising and marketing your new “God Bless the USA” Bibles, alongside along with your sneakers, throughout Holy Week, main as much as Jesus’ crucifixion and Easter resurrection, it’s possible you’ll be exposing your self to one thing far bigger than you. Not every part on this world is about you, Mr. Trump. And God’s massive world places your little world into perspective. 

You could have made it clear earlier than that you realize little concerning the Bible. So peddling Bibles to assist pay your authorized prices, with a quickly upcoming trial about your alleged affair with a porn star, whereas your spouse was at house along with your new child, and attempting to cowl that up proper earlier than the 2016 election, could also be very unhealthy timing each religiously and politically. You admit that your model is your life, however contrasting your branded habits with the Bible isn’t a great promote, Donald.

The video of you promoting your personal Bible in your personal private revenue was so absurd and hilarious that my spouse, an Episcopal priest, couldn’t imagine it at first. However many are beginning to notice that you’re rather more than a foul joke, Donald, however now a severe menace to each democracy and the integrity of religion communities, and the way forward for religion for a brand new technology. 

Maybe it is best to have edited your new Bible first. It clearly doesn’t have a spot for Jesus telling us within the Gospel of John, “you’ll know the reality and the reality will make you free.” When your entire marketing campaign, and your entire life actually, is constructed upon lies, massive and small, that maintain folks captive, you have got an issue with that textual content. Fact and freedom are indivisible.

The primary chapter of the primary guide of the Bible, Genesis, lays out the muse for human equality when God says, “Allow us to make humankind in our personal picture, and after our personal likeness.” How does that, Donald, mesh with acts of voter suppression and subversion primarily based on pores and skin coloration or anything which is actually an assault on imago dei? 

And, Donald, you’re going to have a variety of bother with the nice Samaritan parable in Luke’s Gospel. Jesus says the core of religion is to like God and to like your neighbor as your self. But when all of the folks you attempt to flip into feared and hated others are actually our neighbors, the place do you go together with that?

The Samaritan whom Jesus lifts up as the most effective instance of a great neighbor is any person who was “othered” by the Judean folks of his day (Jesus’ viewers), but goes out of his means to assist a overwhelmed man by the aspect of the highway who was a Jew, and “different” to him. The lawyer’s query of Jesus within the well-known parable story — “Who’s my neighbor?” — could also be an important query immediately for a real multiracial democracy going ahead. Take note of the lawyer’s query and Jesus’ reply, Donald.

When Jesus tells us that “the peacemakers” will probably be known as “the youngsters of God,” do you notice, Donald, that completely nobody would ever apply that time period to you? All through your political profession you have got stoked poisonous polarization and have labored exhausting to dangerously divide our nation over race, gender and sophistication. The Apostle Paul says in his Letter to the Galatians that Christians should overcome these boundaries and do the alternative by inviting reconciliation to God and to one another. 

You make a really massive deal of your wealth, Donald. However within the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus instructs his followers to give attention to the poor and weak, and says that what we now have achieved to “the least of those” is what we now have achieved to him! The economics of Jesus flip our politics the other way up. 

And be very cautious, Donald, whenever you say “Make America pray once more.” As a result of when the devoted open up their Bible and bear in mind what it truly says, they could begin praying towards you and your MAGA motion, which so violates the core teachings of Jesus. The authoritarian regime you now promise us might rightly be named an idolatry of false worship, and a heresy that’s anti-Christ in its values.

As an alternative, let’s all pray collectively, for a rustic extra truthful, extra honest, extra compassionate and extra simply — for all of God’s youngsters, irrespective of who they’re or what they imagine.

The Rev. Jim Wallis. (Courtesy photograph)

Donald, I bear in mind you as soon as mentioned that you’ve by no means felt the necessity to ask God for forgiveness. Maybe it’s time to rethink that.

(The Rev. Jim Wallis is director of Georgetown College’s Middle on Religion and Justice and the creator, most lately, of “The False White Gospel: Rejecting Christian Nationalism, Reclaiming True Religion, and Refounding Democracy.” The views expressed on this commentary don’t essentially replicate these of Faith Information Service.)

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