At the Values Voter Summit yesterday, Donald Trump did his best to convince the evangelical crowd that he was one of them. And that meant assuring them that he would make this a Christian Nation, everyone else be damned.
Kyle Mantyla at Right Wing Watch summarized it this way:
“We’re all equal and we all come from same Creator,” Trump said. “There’s a biblical verse that I’ve often read and I want to repeat it again because I think it is so important to what we’re trying to achieve right now for our country. It’s from 1 John: 4: No one has ever seen God, but if we love one another, God lives in us and His love is made complete in us.”“So true,” Trump said. “So True.”
“Imagine what our country could accomplish if we started working together as one people, under one God, saluting one flag,” Trump concluded, apparently anticipating a future in which every American, regardless of religion, is required to worship Jesus Christ.
Needless to say, there are atheists, Jews, Muslims, and even other Christians who are horrified by the prospect of a President who wants to make sure our country worships the same God.
One other thing: Trump actually quoted 1 John 4:12. But if he actually read the Bible instead of quoting whatever a staffer told him to say, maybe he would’ve picked up on the lesson from 1 John 4:20:
Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen.
Now that’s a verse he ought to take to heart.