Welcome to Roger’s Take on Religion: An Inclusive Perspective
In a religious parody of Donald Trump’s attack on Sen. John McCain, Trump calls Jesus “a socialist loser” because of his concern for the poor and his emphasis on healing the sick. “I would never give away medicine for free,” says Trump. ”Jesus was weak. Let me tell you something …. He’s god because he was crucified. I like gods that weren’t crucified.”
Now that’s funny.
But from a faith perspective, Donald Trump is not funny. Here is a man who lacks humility (“Arrogance comes before the fall,” says Proverbs.) He shows no compassion for the weak, the poor or the stranger although caring for the needy is a primary theme in both the Old and New Testaments. He admits to no wrong doing and so he has no need for forgiveness (Ecclesiastes 7:20 says, “There is no one on earth so righteous that he does not sin.”)
It’s safe to say this writer had never met The Donald.
Here’s My Take: In biblical terms, this worshipper of money and power is more like the Tempter who leads Jesus to the mountain top and promises him the riches of the world if he will deny God (Matt. 4:1-11). The religious right would do well to quickly separate itself from the political right in this presidential campaign and reaffirm the Christ-like virtues of humility, compassion and forgiveness. It may not be good politics but it’s certainly good religion.
Bonus Blog: The Third Party to Beauty
It was Hermann Hesse, I believe, who called God “the third party to beauty” – the voice that calls us, as I interpret the phrase, to turn around and take a closer look at a flower, to stand quietly in awe of birds and butterflies, and to gently hold the hands of those we love.
Here’s My Take: Even I can believe in a God like that.