The New York Times today published an article titled “Why Rural America Voted for Trump”, written by Robert Leonard. I am still struggling to understand Trump votes, so I read it.
The article describes an entirely different mindset between the two political parties. The author quotes a baptist minister JC Watts who said “The difference between Republicans and Democrats is that Republicans believe people are fundamentally bad, while Democrats see people as fundamentally good,” — meaning if a person commits a crime, Democrats try to find what societal trigger made the criminal, and Republicans think the criminal is a bad person. He went on to say that Republicans believe God made them and Democrats believe they are their own God.
“We teach them how to be good,” he said. “We become good by being reborn — born again.”
He continued: “Democrats believe that we are born good, that we create God, not that he created us. If we are our own God, as the Democrats say, then we need to look at something else to blame when things go wrong — not us.”
Does anyone else see the duplicity of that explanation? Some of Trump’s fan base, who claim to be Christians, lack the compassion a Christian should have. The whole WWJD (what would Jesus do) tenet doesn’t work if you are a white supremacist. Jesus was not a racist or a sexist, He was compassionate, empathetic…He helped those who needed help, loved unconditionally—He had more of a Democratic ideology as described by this Republican baptist minister.
On the other hand, if not seeing their tax dollars working for them and looking for a candidate who would change that…if that is the reasoning for wanting a candidate who is not part of the established mode of politics, I can understand that. Trump cast himself in that role, but is not the messiah he claims to be. Trump is more Herod than Hero.
I am referring to the first Herod known as “Herod the Great”— the one who sought to kill Jesus in Matthew 2 by slaughtering all the infant boys. This Herod spent lavish sums on various large and ambitious building projects, paid for by imposing high taxes. He also spent lavish sums on generous gifts for leaders of other kingdoms, including Rome.
The son of Herod the Great, known as Herod Tetrarch, (ruler of one quarter) was the Hedonistic King of the Jews.
(Matthew 14:1; Luke 3:1). His father Herod the Great divided his large kingdom into four parts and bequeathed them to his sons. This was the Herod Jesus was sent to during His trials and eventual crucifixion (Luke 23). This same Herod who had John the Baptist murdered (Matthew 14).
The Times article promised an answer to why rural America voted for Trump. It didn’t explain how it is in rural America’s best interest to back someone whose first order of business is a tax cut to the wealthiest 1% of the population, followed by gutting Medicare and Medicaid, and taking healthcare from the neediest of Americans—all very unchristian goals for people in the Bible Belt.
January 5, 2017