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Birdsall in Washington Post: ‘Donald Trump would enrage Christianity’s earliest followers’

(Note: this article was originally published online at the Washington Post on 26 Jan. 2016)

 

Donald Trump has recently taken flak for a botched reference to “Two Corinthians” at Liberty University, where he pledged to “protect Christianity,” but he might consider reading the book of Acts, where he’ll find characters who display Trump-style attitudes and tactics. I’m referring not to the apostles, mind you, but to their persecutors.

(Note to Trump: Acts is the New Testament, right after the four Gospels. It’s about the dramatic advance of Christianity against many obstacles; it’s a book for winners! And with 28 chapters, it’s much bigger than Second Corinthians. It’s huuuge!)

While feigning Christian devotion, Trump has become a religious demagogue of truly biblical proportions.

Such is the power of The Donald these days that during my pastor’s recent sermon on Paul and Silas in Philippi in Acts 16, all I could think about was how well the passage offers a first century version of Trump’s brand of petty scapegoating and ugly nationalism — even packaged with the same cowardly use of plausible deniability.

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