President Trump is drawing heavy criticism over comments that Joe Biden is “against God” and will “hurt the Bible.” Is such an attack judgmental and unchristian or a valid warning of potential Christian persecution?
During a speech at the Cleveland airport on Thursday, President Donald Trump questioned the faith of former vice president Joe Biden, who has frequently spoken of his devout Catholicism, The Hill reported.
“Take away your guns, take away your Second Amendment. No religion, no anything,” President Trump said, referring to Joe Biden. “Hurt the Bible. Hurt God. He’s against God.”
On Thursday, presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden defended his faith, calling President Trump’s allegations about his faith “shameful,” Politico reported. Biden, a devout Catholic, has spoken about his faith on the 2020 campaign trail, how it helped him get through the death of his wife and two children, and is known to carry rosary beads in his pocket.
“Like so many people, my faith has been the bedrock foundation of my life: it’s provided me comfort in moments of loss and tragedy, it’s kept me grounded and humbled in times of triumph and joy,” Mr. Biden responded in a statement.
“And in this moment of darkness for our country — of pain, of division, and of sickness for so many Americans — my faith has been a guiding light for me and a constant reminder of the fundamental dignity and humanity that God has bestowed upon all of us.”
In a moment, we will review what the Bible says about condemning and judging others, as some people believe Trump was wrong to question Joe Biden’s faith. But not so fast. Could Trump’s comments also be a valid warning?
Let us first consider the possibility that President Donald Trump could have been justified in the comments he made, as we will look at both the biblical and factual considerations about Joe Biden and his faith.
Joe Biden claims to be devout Catholic. The Catholic religion and the Vatican are staunchly opposed to both abortion and birth control. Yet, as a Democrat, Biden is walking a thin line between what his faith calls for and what the political party he belongs to supports. Clearly, the former vice president’s comments show he is putting the Democratic Party before God.
During the debates earlier this year, Biden says he would codify Roe v. Wade into federal law and restore federal funding to Planned Parenthood, Axios reported. He also said that he no longer supports the Hyde Amendment, which bans the use of federal funds for abortion except in cases of rape, incest or life-threatening circumstances.
At a DNC summit in June of 2019, Biden said he would call for a repeal of the Hyde Amendment, Axios reported. Previously, Biden had been a long time supporter of the amendment. But amid a series of abortion bans in Red States, Biden has moved left to join the liberals and progressives of the Democratic Party after they criticized his stance as being wrong.
“Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.”
The Bible condemns judging others and using divisive speech. President Donald Trump is certainly not a trained speaker or a great orator like so many prior presidents and politicians have been. To that end, many politicians have been wise, masterful manipulators due to their skillful public speaking. But there is little denying that Trump’s style is judgmental.
“Therefore you have no excuse, O man, every one of you who judges. For in passing judgment on another you condemn yourself, because you, the judge, practice the very same things.”
– Romans 2:1-2
President Trump tends to speak unscripted. Every Christian, no matter how much they agree with his views or approve of him, has to acknowledge and admit his unchristian behavior.
President Trump uses insults and mocking nicknames to belittle others.
“Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.”
So how can Christians still support President Donald Trump? Usually, Christians adopt the position that they are willing to begrudgingly accept the way he speaks and his shortcomings (we all have them, we all are sinners), for the greater good of the job that he is doing for the benefit of the country and for religious rights.
In this sense, the alternative choice is Democratic leaders who offer no defense for religious freedoms and appear to be working with purposeful intent to erode them.
Jesus said of religious persecution:
“Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”
One undeniable fact about President Donald Trump is that he has been one of the strongest protectors of religious freedom in US history.
“He must hold firm to the trustworthy word as taught, so that he may be able to give instruction in sound doctrine and also to rebuke those who contradict it.”
In September 2019, President Trump became the first leader of any nation to address the United Nations on the topic of religious persecution. Under Trump, the United States invested $25 million to protect religious freedom, religious sites and relics.
As well as, the president promised to form “a coalition of US businesses for the protection of religious freedom.” According to a US study, 80% of the global population suffers some type of religious persecution.
“Open your mouth for the mute, for the rights of all who are destitute.”
– Proverbs 31:8
In January of 2020 on National Religious Freedom Day, Trump defended prayer in schools by announcing that the Department of Education will be delivering a letter to education secretaries and officials in all 50 states in which they will be reminded that students and teachers cannot be discriminated against for practicing their First Amendment religious rights.
“Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them.”
Religion is under attack in America. Democrat-led cities have been more restrictive on religious gatherings. Organizations such as the Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRA) constantly bring lawsuits against those who try to express their religious beliefs.
As Joe Biden has moved farther to the left, adopting policies that go against the teachings of his professed Catholic faith, there are two ways of looking at President Donald Trump’s warning that Biden is “against God” and will “hurt the Bible.”
One viewpoint is simply that Trump is warning Christians that America under Joe Biden leadership will further erode Christian values, given the policies of the Democratic Party. Another viewpoint could be that Trump’s comments are simply dirty politics. The final viewpoint is yours to decide.