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AN OPEN LETTER TO EVANGELICALS REGARDING TRUMP (FROM ISRAEL)..

Friday, August 5, 2016

by David Lazarus

When I heard that major evangelical leaders claim that Donald Trump has accepted the Lord, I had to write. [Evangelicals Claim Trump Conversion] Please, stop trying to convince us that Donald Trump is a real, born again, Christian.

Vote for Trump, if you must, but why do you need to insist that Trump has given his life to Jesus, has had a conversion experience and is now an evangelical Christian? When you claim that Trump is a committed Christian, you undermine the very gospel we are trying to share with the Jewish people. Your gospel news, that Donald Trump is now a real Christian, is not the gospel we want for Israel, it is not any gospel at all.

Have we not together, Jew and Gentile, all these years been trying to show our people the true face of Jesus? That Jesus calls us out to be loving, compassionate people? Does not Jesus teach us to love others more than ourselves, and show us how to live a self-sacrificing, honest life, with humility? (Trump continues to boast about, and display, his opulent life-style) Is it not our Jesus that teaches humility, and the need to forgive and be forgiven? (Trump?) Do we not need to display, for Christ’s sake, a moral and modest lifestyle, rejecting sexual promiscuity and the exploitation of feminine beauty? (The other elephant in the Republican nominee’s life) Or that born-again followers of Israel’s Messiah are willing to do everything to live out strong, marital commitments, no matter how difficult? (Trump X3)

Go ahead and tell us that you think Trump understands what’s going on in the Middle East, and will be a faithful, consistent supporter of the Jewish people, supporting our right to live in our God promised land. Show us how he will continue the long, historical and unshakeable commitment of the USA to stand with Israel.

Remind us, if you must, that Trump won the evangelical vote in the primaries, or that a recent Pew Research poll shows that 78% of white evangelical voters nationwide support Trump, and that, before he chose the born-again Pence as his vice president. Explain how Trump will fight for religious freedoms and the right to preach the gospel in Israel, in the US, and around the world. Support him if you believe he is right for the US, for Israel, whatever.

But please, stop selling the holiness and purity of our Lord Jesus for cheap religious politics by telling us that Trump is now a follower of our Messiah, because he let you pray for him. You undermine the meaning of the word Christian, and put yet another stumbling block in the path of our people coming to know their Messiah, Yeshua, son of the living God.

For many years you have been showing strong support to Israel, and I hear from many of my Jewish friends, and government leaders in Israel, that they appreciate evangelicals, and embrace you as true friends of Israel. Be a real friend, show them the real Jesus.

In the last days, people will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God — having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people. 2 Tim. 3:2-5

 

 

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13 Responses to “AN OPEN LETTER TO EVANGELICALS REGARDING TRUMP (FROM ISRAEL)”

  1. Doug Smith says:

    I didn’t know anyone but God could truly know a persons heart. What you may see and hear from a person may not meet your “requirements” but thank God for amazing grace. Some believers grow slowly, some others more quickly. Why not pray for Donald Trump as well as Hillary! James is always a good book in the Bible to read when we it comes to guarding what we say. Wisdom from God is so needed not tearing people down. May God help us to learn to love others and reach out to our weaker brothers and sisters who have struggles with sin. I am so thankful I do not have to live by legalism anymore and I can trust God to help me to overcome any sin. Perhaps Donald is in that category as well, only God knows, but why judge him? Let God do that. And yes, I will be voting for Donald much to your dismay it sounds like. I will remember these words you wrote and my heart hurts, for you. Truly it is better to encourage than to tear down. I hope the love of Yeshua will touch your heart.

    • Doug Smith says:

      Just a side note to earlier staement; as I look back on my life since saved, in 1973, I imagine many people saw many things about me they hated, God had to teach me many things along the way. I had many addictions and abuse to overcome and so my early years and even later in life, sin surfaced from time to time. When at Bible College I was called a pig and condemned by even teachers. So as we are quick to judge others, let’s remember we all have short falls to include pastors, missionaries, Messianic Jews, Evangelicals, or what ever label we give to each other. Our words can destroy and hurt others. God will put the person in office for president that needs to be there as believers in Yeshua are faithful to pray. May the love of Christ fill our hearts in these critical days and months and pray for Israel and all Jews and our nation.

  2. Ken Tedesco says:

    I think God has given his children a decerning spirit to know if a person truly is a born again Christian. I have not read where I was told someone led him to Christ,but we must remember, it is by grace we are saved.Lets continue to pray for Donald Trump because what we do know Hillary should have not been able to run after destroying over 30 thousand emails , with some having our top secret information that was given to our enemies .She also refused to hear the call of Americans when they where being murdered in Benghazi. Yes Donald Trump may not be saved yet,but he has not committed treason on our country as Hillary Clinton has done .She has put us all in danger with her careless use of her emails.

  3. Mark Robinson says:

    Let’s not miss the main point of David Lazarus’ letter. His concern is reaching Jewish people (Israelis in this case) with the gospel of Messiah Jesus, NOT the presidential politics of the USA . When someone (especially someone famous) is held up as a born again believer and his words and speech contradict the claim, this brings the testimony of Messiah into question. I have known many Jewish people who have recoiled from Jesus being Messiah because of a bad testimony of someone claiming to be a born again believer – my parents were two of them who recoiled. IF Trump is now a believer, this should never have been broadcast publicly. “Lay hands suddenly on no man…”, 1 Tim. 5:22, is speaking of elders/pastors, but is certainly applicable with Trump.

    As for the political side of this, I have heard many believers say they will vote “for the lesser of two evils.” Should a follower of the Lord vote for any evil? Wayne Grudem has written an article arguing it is the morally right thing for Bible believing Christians to vote for Trump. He argues “I did not support Trump in the primary season. I even spoke against him at a pastors’ conference in February. But now I plan to vote for him. I do not think it is right to call him an ‘evil candidate.’ I think rather he is a good candidate with flaws.”

    Is Trump the lesser of two evils? Or, is he a good candidate with flaws? One’s decision on this will provide guidance for voting in this election.

  4. I DO believe Dobson when he says that he knows the man who led Donald Trump to the Lord and that it was recent. If he’s a new believer, who are we to judge his decision by past behavior?

  5. carol parajos says:

    I take what evangelicals say with a grain of salt – or at least the thousands who showed up to ‘inspect’ Trump’s religious beliefs who themselves need inspecting! All quite bizarre and not believable. Your column was harsh on Trump and wondered why……..so, you’re voting for Clinton? Shame on you. Years ago with Bush Jr, Billy Graham said he prayed with Jr to become a Christian and that was used to manipulate the naieve flock to cast a vote his way. Evangelicals like a little power with Govt., best to trust no one and do your own homework. I like the above comment and believe Trump’s a good candidate with flaws.

    • Mark Robinson says:

      Carol,
      There are many other options in this election other than Trump or Clinton. Those include, among others, the Libertarian party candidate, a write-in vote, or no vote at all. You’re presuming I am voting for Clinton based on no evidence whatsoever. Each of us must do what we believe is honoring to the Lord.
      Mark Robinson

      • Karole Fedrick says:

        Mark, a vote for an independent candidate or any other non-major political party candidate is a wasted vote and accomplishes nothing other than being a passive vote for the leading candidate.

  6. I would love to have someone to vote for, not against. The only other choice, Hillary? Again who can say Trump is not saved. The evangelicals are responsible for Obama, don’t do it again. How do we know this open letter is not a ploy? Vote for Trump I must.

  7. Scott Hoganson says:

    As we learned in the 2012 election, it is a mistake to believe that not voting is a “don’t blame me” option. A “no vote” effectively is a vote for the winner (as was the case for Obama in 2012 due to Evangelicals choosing not to vote for a Mormon); so Evangelicals did help keep Obama in the White House. Instead, I am voting for the party platform that best fits the path I believe is best for our country. By the way, the Libertarian party does not protect life, nor marriage between a man and woman, as a few examples. Remember, the next President will likely place two Supreme Court Justices and the list of Trump’s candidates will be far superior to what you can expect from Clinton. I am not a Trump fan, but the choice of Pence leads me to believe he will make better decisions for America than will Clinton. We have three branches of government and the Executive is only one. Besides, our victory is in Christ, our King who reigns yesterday, today and tomorrow. Amen.

  8. Wayne Layden says:

    I have followed your site because of my love of the Jewish people and my strong support for Israel. It is very important to me that our country support Israel. This is a shameful article, although I understand your point. Our Commander in Chief should support Israel, but this article seems to be an unnecessary attack against Trump. Why not keep your political views separate from a site dedicated to evangelizing the Jewish people.

    • Mark Robinson says:

      Hi Wayne,

      The purpose of this section is to have articles about Israel and the Middle East that readers might find interesting.

      I thought this article was an interesting perspective from an Israeli Jewish believer on how evangelicals publicly aligning with Donald Trump can cause harm to Jewish evangelism in Israel (and America I might add). The same could be true with evangelicals publicly aligning with Barack Obama for example. The purpose of my posting the article was NOT to make a political statement at all.

      I have had family members (I am Jewish) reject hearing the gospel from me because they have said “if ‘so and so’ is a Christian, I don’t want anything to do with Christianity.”

      Believers are ambassadors for Messiah, 2 Cor. 5:17-20. An ambassador represents his King and His kingdom in a foreign land. He doesn’t interfere in the political affairs of the nation he is temporarily living. Believers are called to represent Jesus’ kingdom, not the Republican’s kingdom, the Democrat’s kingdom, or any other individual or group’s kingdom.

      Would you approve of a missionary your church sent out and supported going to a foreign country and getting involved with a particular political party or presidential candidate in that country? I hope not.

      Why are the missionaries in this country, i.e. all believers, not wrong in getting involved with backing a presidential candidate or party?

      The purpose of this article was, again, NOT political, but to help Christians see how PUBLIC alignment with a candidate or a party can have a detrimental influence on the message of our King.

      Mark Robinson

      • Doug Smith says:

        Many Christians have given their lives to save the Jews and have given millions off $$$$$$$$$ to share the Gospel with them. Yes there are also many Christians in name only but not truly Christian who have done horrible crimes to the Jews as history has proven. Oh that the love of Christ would guide our hearts as we reach out to the Jewish people and one another. Our battle is with Satan, not each other.

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