Christians who voted for Donald Trump did not do so because of his choir-boy image; we did so because we were fed up with the stench and status quo coming out of Washington, DC, and we needed a smart, tough businessperson, a person skilled in getting the job done on time and under budget, not a political hack, to run this country. We needed someone who could pick up the pieces after eight years of Barack Obama and his program to “fundamentally change America.”

Then, of course, there was the pinnacle of virtue who was Donald Trump’s opponent.


Contrary to what one might suggest, we are not pleased with some of the president’s tweets and statements, and we do not always agree with him. But a rational review of his actions in light of the Beatitudes [as a writer cited last week in an anti-Trump letter] may well suggest another interpretation of the accusations of hate, bigotry, cruelty, greed, and ignorance that are continuously hurled at this president. Perhaps a little introspection is in order.

Blessed are the poor in spirit. It is Donald Trump who understands that when one cannot find a job and meet financial obligations, it is a recipe for spiritual and physical despondency. Under this President’s administration, unemployment has declined significantly, especially among Blacks, Latinos, and women. And let us not forget “insignificant flyover” middle-America. It was Donald Trump who understood that middle-America matters; it is not the poor cousin of the coastal states.

Blessed are those who mourn. It is Donald Trump who understands the heartbreak of having family members or friends killed by illegal immigrants and having an indifferent Congress that refuses to close immigration loopholes.

Blessed are the meek. It is not the fault of Donald Trump that people do not voice their opinions because they fear the ramifications of admitting they support him. Nor is it the MAGA “cult” who try to silence speakers who have another point of view. On the contrary, it is Donald Trump who has given a voice to the meek.

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness. It is not Donald Trump who supports (and indeed encourages) illegal immigration, where misery caused by human trafficking, rape, and a host of other felonies plague those who attempt to make the trek.

Blessed are the merciful. It is not Donald Trump who supports the ripping from a mother’s womb of a human baby with a beating heart nor the infanticide of those precious little ones the mother and doctor deem after birth to be “defective.” It is not Donald Trump who supports Planned Parenthood and the sale of infant body parts like so many cuts of meat in a butcher shop.

Blessed are the pure in heart. It is Donald Trump who has made promises to the American people and who has followed through on those promises, very much unlike “if you like your doctor and your medical plan . . . .”

Blessed are the peacemakers. It was not Barack Obama, George Bush, or Bill Clinton who initiated negotiations and then traveled to meet with North Korean leaders in an attempt to keep rockets from flying all over Asia and, potentially, to the US mainland.

Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness. It is Donald Trump who actively supports Christians and their businesses, unlike any president in recent history. And it is Donald Trump who wholeheartedly supports Israel and its Jerusalem capital.

Because we “claim to be” Christians and support Donald Trump, there are those who label us hypocrites. Jesus had another definition of a hypocrite: “Thou hypocrite, cast out first the beam out of thine own eye, and then shalt thou see clearly to pull out the mote that is in thy brother's eye.” Luke 6:42

We do not suggest that Donald Trump is flawless, but neither is he a villain. If, as some have suggested, we have a president whom we feel does not meet Christian standards, would it not be more fitting for all professing Christians, and more profitable and pleasing to God, to offer prayers instead engaging in personal piety?