Please Help us Understand...
Please Help us Understand...
Whether intentional or accidental, Donald Trump says one divinely inspired sentence to over 900 evangelicals and it may have gone right over their heads...
"You're the most powerful group in the country, but you have to band together." Donald Trump
Let's Talk about Donald Trump causing an Evangelical divide. (And fix it)
"What would the Critics Have us Do?"
A Reply to Dr. Richard Land, member of Donald Trump's Evangelical Executive Advisory Board
Blessings fellow Evangelicals and partners with Christ. My name is Evangelist Nidicka Frederick and I am probably the least of you, but I have an obligation to respond to Dr. Land; not because I have self-righteous indignation and not because I would be so foolish to believe that I have the same theological knowledge as my evangelical predecessors, but because God speaks through even the least of us. Those who are truly asking questions should be willing to hear the potentiality of a God-inspired answer.
I won’t share my credentials, mainly because by man’s standards, they are unimpressive but to God, I’m one of His own. I believe I must start this reply by saying that Donald Trump is no more Satan than I am Jesus Christ and as Christians, we deal with the character and nature of sin and refer to the nature and character of Christ- we don’t cast stones. When Donald Trump is likened to anything that is the antithesis of Christ, what I am referring to is his nature and his exposed character and nothing more.
Dr. Land, you begin your explanation by stating “This is accurate. I have not endorsed Donald Trump.” As if to imply that there may exist some moral implication to endorsement but less moral implication to serving as his advisor and I fear that you may have fallen for one of the oldest, Satanic tricks in the Book (literally). You state that Mr. Trump and his advisors “…asked us to join the advisory board (no endorsement required) in order to give Mr. Trump spiritual counsel and advice on moral and ethical issues arising during the campaign.” And then after outlining sorts of issues that may need advisement, you posture again, “I ask yet again what would our critics have us do?”
What I hear in your question is that clearly you respect your colleagues scorn and caution so I would never be so presumptuous to ask, “Did you pray and fast over it?” but perhaps you did not wait long enough to affirm God’s reply. The immediate thought at the preface, “No endorsement required…” reminded me of Satan temptation of Christ in the dessert. We know from Scripture that not only was Satan acquainted with Scripture, he anticipated that Christ in the form of man would succumb to fleshly desires. When Jesus resisted Satan He was in the Word, led by the Spirit and in fasting. Therefore, the first part of my response to your question would be “To follow the recipe of Jesus to resist temptation.”
Trump on his concern about negative polling:
"I turn a lot of them around," and the polls in North Carolina prove that.
"I mean every time people listen to me, all of a sudden it becomes very favorable,"
The character of Satan is to “make the offer sweet and appealing” and the example of Christ is to resist the lure. Have you asked yourself why do you believe endorsement was not required? Could it be because Mr. Trump knows that acceptance is as good as endorsement for his intent and purposes? Can a jury “unhear” evidence that is stricken from the record? Of course not. Acceptance of the position and then saying “…but I’m not endorsing him” is like trying to be “unheard.” Mr. Trump is aware of this fact.
Mr. Trump is by all rights a genius. I had to remove my bias presupposition and delete the word maniacal before genius (just unread it) but he is a genius nonetheless. He has hit on the desires of any worthwhile evangelist and fed to you all the idea of “helping him save the world.” But we know better than to fall for false flattery or to believe that we could do what Christ has not first completed in someone else’s spirit.
“You haven’t been called, go back to Univision.”
— Donald Trump dismissing Latino reporter Jorge Ramos at an Iowa rally in August 2015
Advisory boards can only be effective to those who would receive and utilize their counsel. Mr. Trump has not given any indication to the world that he is in search of such spiritual counsel or that he is making efforts to change (his tone, texture, approach, ideas) because he does not believe there is anything wrong with his approach. So how than does an advisory board get created for a problem that does not exist, for advice that is not needed and for behaviors that will not change? It would be as fallacious for you to attribute Scripture to Mr. Trumps creation of this board as it would to attribute Scripture to your partnership with Him. Your contextual use of 1 Peter 3:15 is inappropriate; not because it does not state exactly what you say but because that Scripture says that your integrity (good behavior) and reverence for Christ is what should humble Trump and his malicious slander, not your advice. I don’t want to get into a tinkling contest about who has better interpretation of the Scripture, but we both know that if an adulteress wanted to justify adultery they could certainly quote Ephesians 3:22-24 and it remains, despite its misuse, Holy Scripture.
“I think apologizing’s a great thing, but you have to be wrong. I will absolutely apologize, sometime in the hopefully distant future, if I’m ever wrong.”
— Donald Trump on The Tonight Show in September 2015
I think we have become a generation of church going, Bible reading, Christ believers but have we forgotten to invite the third member of the Triune God in to our daily lives? This was my question for Jerry Falwell and it certainly applies to you, “Does the Holy Spirit, not your conscious, rest well with your non-endorsed affiliation with Donald Trump?” If the answer to this was most certainly “Yes!” then your question would have no merit for it would make no difference what men thought you should do if you were in alignment with The Father, Son and Holy Spirit. But if you are in doubt and question whether your Spirit is in the right place, you would ask and hope from your community a valid reply.
I was in prayer and fasting yesterday and the Lord kept pressing Matthew 7 on my heart. And then I got hooked on Jesus’ words, “Do not waste what is holy on people who are unholy…” (NLT) Now we know that Jesus would never consider good counsel waste unless it was on who He had not chosen to receive it. So the second part of my answer to your question would be “To release to the Christian community evidence that Donald Trump Is seeking a transformative relationship with Jesus Christ and not the evangelical vote.”
What would your critics have you do? My answer to this must include “To have the fortitude to stand on the Word of God, (not simply recite it). I would ask that you become a vocal, visible presence on television and social media and engage in commentary about our nation’s political future. Share, not just with Trump but with our society what history has taught us about erroneous social and political practices, and be the national authority on Christian ethics and morality that God has called you to be to all people. Don’t fall for flattery or for tricks but instead place God back in the forefront of contemporary culture’s dialogue (my ministries mission) by engaging in corrective and supportive discourse challenging the hearts and mind of all American’s and urging like the Apostle Paul for Christ-likeness in politics and our culture as a whole.”
Megyn Kelly: "You've called women you don't like 'fat pigs,' 'dogs,' 'slobs,' and 'disgusting animals'..."
Trump: “Only Rosie O'Donnell.”
— Donald Trump’s misogyny displayed at the GOP debate in August 2015
Trump doesn’t need an advisory board to lead him to righteousness. Scripture says “Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteous…” Not seek the Evangelical Executive Advisory Board. Part of my spirit is screaming, “Come on! You know better than this-but then I immediately consider where we are as a culture. I see the hatred that still exist because of race, sexual orientation and politics and think- No, we are all surely lost and all falling short of the glory of God. So this does not come by way of judgement or reproach. It comes from a desire to understand, maintain respect and hope for the church and also for the continuance and preservation of our faith. In short, this comes by way of love.
“When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending the best. They’re sending people that have lots of problems and they’re bringing those problems. They’re bringing drugs, they’re bringing crime. They’re rapists and some, I assume, are good people, but I speak to border guards and they’re telling us what we’re getting.”
— Donald Trump, referring to Mexicans as rapists during a speech announcing his presidential candidacy in June 2015
It has been a well-publicized fact that Trump called over 900 evangelicals to Trump Tower (ironically he deliberately did not invite those who were open opponents to his ungodly behavior which presumably would be the ones who could give him the best counsel- does counsel to Trump mean consummate agreement?); I wish those same 900 would have gathered 900 more and held a Christian summit; like the ones in the early days of Christian growth and shared with each other the best way to pray and stay a constant presence in America; and not one person’s political campaign. This summit could have invited theologians, pastors, bishops and students like myself to hear, challenge each other and grow deeper in the Christian faith. Together we would in turn become better witnesses in our contemporary culture. Imagine what that type of Christian power could have done to this election! You are correct to ask what your critics would have you to do; now the question remains, what are you willing to do considering?
Thanks for indulging me.
Evangelist Nidicka Frederick