Editor's Note: This article is part of a series leading up to the 2020 presidential election highlighting the professed faith of several of the primary candidates, including Donald Trump, Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders and Pete Buttigieg. Christian Headlines offers these faith summaries as a way of informing voters about the religious beliefs of the candidates.
Elected in 2016, President Donald Trump has had a tumultuous presidency. Come 2020 he will be bidding for another term. The President has faced several controversies during his tenure, but despite them all, many evangelical leaders have come to the President's defense. Some of Trump's evangelical supporters have described him as a changed man and a man of faith. Other leaders have even gone as far as to say that while he may be rough around the edges, we should view him like King David, Cyrus the Great, King Solomon or any other of a number of biblical figures. President Trump describes himself as a Christian and has been exalted as a champion of religious freedom.
Here are 5 things Christians should know about the faith of Donald Trump:
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"Christmas," Patricia Heaton urged, is "about family being together and celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ." The Middle actress told the Christian Post that this year she decided not to Christmas buy gifts so that she can focus on the real reason for the season.
I’ve never had the urge to bow down to a metal cow, a carved human, or a wooden pole. The idea of chanting or dancing around a six-armed deity or pot-bellied statue doesn’t even come close to getting me excited. I’ve never wanted to make offerings to rats living in a shrine.
But that doesn’t mean I’m immune to idols. The idols that trip me up as a church leader aren’t tangible figures of supposed gods and goddesses. They’re ideas and beliefs that can, if left unchecked, crowd out my worship of the one true God.
Pastor Carey Nieuwhof hits on this idea in a recent article for Charisma News. He transparently lays out the eight idols that commonly impact him in his desire to serve the church:
“John Calvin was dead on when he said, ‘Man's nature, so to speak, is a perpetual factory of idols.’ Discard one, and you'll simply create another…”
So, what idols cause him fits?
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