Now I'm hungry.
It is not only food though. Some activities feel as if they were intended for specific elements. Telling ghost stories around a campfire, walking barefoot along a sandy stretch of beach, kissing someone you love as the clock strikes midnight on New Year’s Eve, cosplaying at a comic book convention, or listening to DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince's Summertime at full volume while driving around town with your windows down on the first sunny and warm day of summer.
In life, we know some things belong together. It is like getting a box full of pieces of wood and a few screws from Ikea. You follow the diagrams, stick the widgets in the whatsits, and an hour later you have a stylish lounge chair. If you did everything correctly, there will not be any extra parts. Every bit had its place exactly where it was supposed to be.
Yet in life, we also see combinations that should never exist outside of the Mad Hatter's darkest nightmares. Haphazard amalgamations. Kitchen experiments that would send Gordon Ramsay into a profanity laden tirade. Flap A does not fit in slot 2B.
Given a choice between the natural blends and unholy unions, the latter is how I see the relationship between Donald Trump and Evangelical Christianity. These are two disparate entities that have no business promoting each other. Seeing the way some Evangelicals have gleefully embraced the potential of a President Trump disturbs me. It proves to me that the Religious Right has lost the plot. Evangelical fandom for Trump is like eating an ice cream cone after it dropped to the ground at the State Fair.
Pictured: How I think it feels to vote for Trump
Many other people have presented their evidence that Trump is dangerous, unethical, dishonest, maniacal. All of them smarter and more eloquent than I. Psychologists, a Republican Congressman, pundits, fact-checkers, media figures, conservative authors, church leaders, and students of theology. All of them agreed that we should not vote for Trump. They have already pleaded their cases that Trump embodies the traits of a narcissist, a sociopath, a habitual liar, and a hedonist.
There are enough convincing memes that tell us other nations on planet earth view our upcoming election as an IQ test that we are failing; demonstrate the hypocrisy of Trump's talking points; dredge up his numerous divorces, lawsuits, and bankruptcies; reveale his admiration of inhuman dictators from China, North Korea, and Russia; or display his offensive mockery of veterans, women, disabled people, and a multitude of religious and racial minorities.
I could even point to a recent Trump gathering where Donald asked everyone in attendance to raise their right hand in a salute to pledge their allegiance to him in a scene that I am unable to adequately describe without invoking Godwin's Law.
It breaks my heart to see notable religious political personalities surround Trump and lay their hands on him to bless him as the inevitable GOP nominee. It boggles my mind how anyone could scream out "I love Jesus" then "Go Trump Go" in the very next breath.
Anything I could contribute to this discussion would do little more than add to the noise. Instead, I only ask for someone to explain it to me in light of scripture. As far as I have ever understood, Evangelical Christians have one purpose, to evangelize. To share the Good News, the Gospel of Christ to those who need God. To follow the great command to preach hope and reconciliation to the ends of the earth. Does ardent support of Trump improve your efforts to share God's love for all people? (Including Mexican immigrants, "the blacks," and Syrian refugees?)
Better yet, read through Galatians chapter 5. Verses 19-21 list off the traits of mortal flesh: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and more attributes than Paul's letter actually lists because these traits should be obvious. It would be easy to reference a multitude news stories to show how Donald Trump's words and actions fit this biblical description of a person who Paul said "Will not inherit the kingdom of God."
The next couple of verses list the fruit of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, forbearance (restraint and tolerance), kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. This is why I cannot fathom how any Evangelical can support Donald Trump. I have not seen anything from Trump that exhibit any of these Godly fruits. He is a greedy, hateful, ego-driven, quarrelsome man who stands opposed in every aspect to the type of person God wants us to be.
If you are an Evangelical Trumpeter please explain to me how, in the name of all that is good and holy, how do you reconcile claiming this man as ordained by God to be the next ruler of our already great America? Can you (with a straight face) call Donald Trump loving, joyful, peaceful, kind, faithful, gentle, or self-controlled? What kind of fruit does he show?