Of course Donald Trump signed bibles during his visit to the site of a tornado in Alabama recently. Duping Christians, who are suckers, is his stock in trade. Who finds this surprising?
It’s so funny/not funny that so many otherwise intelligent people refuse to recognize that “Christianity” in the United States is entirely meaningless because, no matter the issue, one can find people on either side who plump loudly for the distinctively Christian position on that issue.
One thing we have undoubtedly excelled at in the United States is proliferating flavors of Christianity. Ours has always been Protestant Christianity and we have taken the “priesthood of all true believers” to its logical conclusion. Every person their own Christianity. Including Trump supporters. Christians in every group, except African Americans and Hispanic Catholics, voted over 55 percent for Trump. Had only Christians voted, he would have won the popular vote easily.
Believing that Christianity is somehow a repository of moral instruction and example the adherents of which should reprove Donald Trump for his many alleged ‘sins,” whatever those are, is rank nonsense. Tell that to the thousands of children who have suffered sexual abuse at the hands of a Christian priest or minister. Nowhere does any Christian literature explicitly encourage or instruct its leaders to molest children, but it might as well, so common is the practice.
Trump has had multiple prominent Christians attest to his Christian faith. Dr. James Dobson has a piece posted in which he asserts, “ First, Trump appears to be tender to things of the Spirit. I also hear that Paula White has known Trump for years and that she personally led him to Christ.” Jim Bakker claims god sent Trump to prepare for the end times.
We know good, progressive Christians want desperately to distinguish their faith from the politics of Trump, but their coreligionists make that very difficult, if not impossible. Even if your pastor or whoever condemns Trump in word, better make sure he’s not out molesting children before you get too vocal in echoing the sentiment. Your odds are not great.
On the other hand, the logical corollary to the priesthood of all true believers is that the bible means whatever any given reader wants it to mean. The bible is useless anyway. Constraints on interpretations of the bible operate only at the level of individual churches, which are nearly infinite in the United States, making the bible as meaningless as Christianity. How could anyone object to Trump signing bibles?
To fulminate about Trump signing bibles is to take both Christianity and Trump seriously, which no thinking person should do.