CO3 [* my edit] first appearance at the National Prayer Breakfast met awkward silence on Thursday as he began his comments by touting ratings when he was on “The Apprentice.” Unpracticed in the public performance of piety, the candidate who was praised for “telling it like it is” made even his white evangelical base momentarily uneasy as he demonstrated the impotence of their religion to overcome his narcissism. Excused as a “baby Christian” during his campaign, the teen-like Trump continues to expose the hypocrisy of white evangelicalism.
As a preacher ordained to proclaim the message of Jesus, I know that the faith which embraces Trumpism is not my faith, nor is it the faith of many of my Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist and Hindu colleagues. I do not doubt that it takes genuine belief to say, as Franklin Graham did, that Trump won the election last November because of a “God factor” for which the media and pollster could not account. But whatever you call that faith, it’s not mine
* CO3 – Current Oval Office Occupant
As usual my friends over at Red Letter Christians don’t hold back much when it comes to Christians not living by the words of Jesus Christ. The author didn’t call Evangelicals fake Christians but he did glaringly show that they totally misjudged CO3 as a baby-Christian. After doing some rather extensive short term studying of narcissism I am not surprised at all by his actions in this first meeting with the Evangelicals after his election. His world is about him and their is simply little left over for ANYTHING else, especially Christian piety.
Tomorrow I start my series on Narcissism and if you want a little more info about this condition from a layman who is not formally educated on the topic but has lived a good part of his life with a narcissist, stick around for this multi-post series. Is it possible for a NPD narcissist to really be a Christian? I don’t know, I guess I will leave that to some notable theologians to decide.
I saw a little of this event on TV and the discomfort of those attending was quite obvious. It seems that every time CO3 makes public comments several of those around him are inappropriately smiling. I wonder what is going on in their minds? If it were me I’m pretty sure it would be “Boy, this guy is a jerk!!”. But maybe that is just me.. 🙂
But, I do pray that something, anything, good comes from this administration…