Charlotte, NC – As I recently scrolled through some news articles, I came across an opinion post from Erick Erickson. He is a seasoned journalist, radio show host, and appears regularly on NBC and HBO for his opinions. He wrote an article titled ‘He Cannot Save You’ which talks about how many in the Christian faith are putting faith in President Trump to save them.
The thoughts presented in the article are certainly interesting. Erickson talks about those who are Trump supporters and the varied positions of each. I completely agree with him, there is a lot of public support, but private resentment of President Trump in many circles.
One part of the article though is extremely interesting to me as a Christian. Erickson suggests that many evangelicals have aligned themselves with Trump because they see Trump as being able to fight the fight of the Christian. In essence, they believe that Trump can help them defeat or win the battle.
Erickson makes this statement in his article, “I continue to harbor a great belief that too many Christians are using Trump as a political savior for a spiritual problem both in their own lives and in the life of this country. Trump cannot stop the culture from turning against the faith and, if anything, more and more data shows Trump is a catalyst for the cultural turn.
Erickson is right. Trump cannot save Christianity or the turn against Christians, no matter how much Christians would like to believe that he will. The question really becomes, do Christians really view Trump as the savior of their faith? If so, they have put their trust entirely in the wrong place.
I have said it multiple times, and it’s worth repeating. As a Christian, I do not believe that Trump is the role model of Christianity. I do not support him because he went to a church and held up a Bible. Trump has a lot of great policy positions that I do like, however. That is the reason that I support him.
What Erickson said is true, the issues that Christians face is not a political one, but a spiritual one. Ephesians 6:12 teaches that in regards to our faith, we are battling something much different than flesh and blood. The powers that are at play are much stronger than any of us may realize.
President Trump cannot save us from the spiritual battle that is taking place. Scripture also teaches that this battle will get worse and worse. The world is not going to magically become a better place. In reality, many Christians seem to be ignoring these simple truths.
Erickson is correct, Trump will not save Christianity or change the end outcome of what is happening in this world. I’m not suggesting that Christians give up fighting for what they believe in, but I do believe they should be realistic in their approach. As a Christian, one must realize that this is bigger than politics.
Christian faith teaches that there is only one person that faith must be placed in. That person is not President Trump, any specific religious leader, or any other world leader. As Erickson so perfectly states, Trump cannot save Republicans and Biden cannot save the Democrats. Christians must align their focus on things that are higher.
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