As the news of a recording of Trump surfaced recently in which he was heard saying derogatory and sexist comments about a woman I scoured different stories looking at the facts. Naturally, as well as reading articles related to this event, I also browsed over the comment sections to see the pulse of the American voter, and one man’s comment stuck out to me.
He said, “surely this does not reflect a man of faith!”
I am a Christian, and I am a woman. I’m also a registered voter. Trump’s captured audio said a lot about the type of man he may be, but it also related importantly to his self-proclaimed status as a Christian, and that’s what I want to talk about today. After all it does bring to question are his remarks something a Christ-follower would say?
As I looked into the situation I noticed the recording was obtained in 2005, and that was pretty significant to me. It brought to mind where I was in 2005, and I quickly thanked the Lord that smart phones with built-in cameras weren’t in everyone’s back pocket at that time. It was bad enough that I worried I might be included on a Girls Gone Wild New Orleans addition from a 2001 trip that went bad.
At this point and time in my life I’m as straight an arrow as they come, and though I don’t think anything of friends who do, I currently don’t partake in alcohol or any other addictive substance beyond caffeine. But if a recording of me from 2005 popped up it would show a woman far different from the one people see now. Although I now share my open-book-life with no amount of shame, if a video were to surface of 2005 I would probably be hanging my head in deep regret. You would likely see something like a drunk woman on stage at a strip club lifting her shirt to flash the crowd, or perhaps something worse since I had a tendency to black out. But do you know what?
I’m a Christian.
In fact, I hate to admit it, but I knew Christ as my savior then; I just wasn’t following him like my friend. But fast-forward a few years and my life turned around, my sin was erased, and my shameful past was redeemed. Thank God for that.
I’m not the person I was back in 2005, and I couldn’t help but wonder if Donald Trump was either. In my own path of self-destruction a lot of people were hurt in my wake, and I had to humbly seek forgiveness for my wrongs. Isn’t that what Christianity entails?
Being a Christian, in fact, means that you are far from perfect, but you are able to admit it. You’re able to seek forgiveness, learn from your mistakes, accept grace, and strive to be more Christ-like as you go. Heck, I’m still a work in progress.
So what does Donald Trump’s remarks from 2005 say about him as a Christian? It says he’s human, he’s fallible, but he’s capable of saying “I’m sorry.” It says he’s got a past, but he has a future too. It says he’s imperfect, but I’d like to think he’s learning from his prior mistakes.
So if you want to judge someone on things they did over a decade ago then I’ll be first in line to raise my hand high and say, “I messed up big time.” But I would also say, “I have been made new.” Thankfully that’s what being a Christian is all about. From what I saw of Trump’s response to this recording he is regretful, apologetic, and quick to say he is not the person he used to be.
I can relate.
A lot of people will hate this post saying that I’m defending a sexist, womanizer. I’m not. I don’t know Donald Trump’s heart. Only the good Lord can see inside a man, but I do know I won’t judge someone for their past transgressions. If it says anything about him as a Christian then it says he is forgiven. And what does this new recording suggest about Trump to me overall? Not much, really. I think I’ll focus on the issues on the table that more readily affect the future of our country, but that’s just me.