Devil Tempts Christ

Way Back in My Long Ago…

Devil Tempts ChristWhen I was a little boy I was taught this Bible story about the devil tempting Jesus. The story appears in the gospels:

5. The devil led him up to a high place and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world. 6. And he said to him, “I will give you all their authority and splendor; it has been given to me, and I can give it to anyone I want to. 7. If you worship me, it will all be yours.”

8. Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God and serve him only.’ ”

Luke 4:5-8

Whether you take the story literally or as a parable, the point of the story is still the same: you don’t give in to the devil no matter what the reward may appear to be. Since this story is over 2,000 years old, let’s update it a bit, shall we…

And Donald Trump led the religious evangelical fundamentalist leaders to a high court and showed them Supreme Court Justices who would do their bidding, promised them to take away a woman’s right to control her own body and the equal rights amendment, undo marriage equality, choose a misogynist homophobic bigot as his running mate, remove muslims from the land, discriminate against all minorities, and enrich them beyond their wildest dreams with tax breaks. And he said to them, “I will give you all this power and wealth; it will be given to me when I am elected, and I can give it to anyone I want to. If you endorse me, it will be yours.”

And Pat Robertson, Tony Perkins, Bob Jones, Jerry Falwell, James Dobson, Franklin Graham and a host of other self-righteous bigots answered, “Heil Trump!” as they saluted him and then fell prostrate before him salivating like the swine they are.

I have no respect for Maggie Gallagher, none. But I give her credit for warning her extremist colleagues against endorsing Trump. She said, “If you join Team Trump, you have to swallow not just what Trump has done and said but the next thing he will say or do.” And while I am not calling Trump the devil, he is certainly the antithesis of what Jesus talked about in the beatitudes. Do these people remember those?

The evangelical fundamentalist leaders have never had any character as far as I am concerned. The Moral Majority never was moral nor a majority. And by aligning themselves with Team Trump, these men have shown the world how base and reprehensible they are. They have been willing to justify the unjustifiable for their own personal benefit. They have never had credibility but have hid it well for decades. No more.

They have no faith in God, only Trump and what he promised to do for them. They have no moral compass, only Trump and what he promised to do for them.

As so me: from this day forward, every time one of these pharisaical extremists opens his mouth I will merely respond, “Heil Trump!”

Hat tip to Eric Sapp for his post: Trumps Offer to Christians Is Same Offer Devil Made Christ. His piece got me thinking and does an excellent job of articulating some of the reasons Trump is the antithesis of what Christ represented as an appropriate lifestyle. And there is another interesting read over at the Babylonian Bee: Trump Doubles Prominent Evangelical Supporters’ Bribe Money. Take the later with a grain of salt as I can not site another source to confirm those allegations. However, this would make sense of Trump’s claim to have spent $100,000,000 of his own money on his campaign. I don’t think bribes could be reimbursed with federal funding for a campaign. I’m sure he plans to write it off as a loss on his federal taxes to avoid paying any more federal tax.