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Jesus Welcomes Children but Trump Removes Them

Credit: Evan Vucci via APJesus welcomed the children but Donald Trump removes them. At a press conference on Tuesday, Trump was speaking on the devaluation of Chinese currency before he was interrupted by a crying baby. At first, Trump laughed it off, saying, "Don't worry about that baby, I love babies." A minute later, as the baby resumed squalling, Trump stopped to say, "Actually I was only kidding, you can get the baby out of here. . . I think she really believed me that I love having a baby crying while I'm speaking."

After shaming the mother, Trump continued to rail against Chinese officials who lie concerning the value of their currency. Their lies detrimentally affect both their own citizens’ financial well being, as well as that of people around the world—specifically those in the United States. Ironically, Trump’s lie similarly affected both the mother in the crowd as well as people watching this YouTube clip all over the world.

Granted, the cries of a child are welcomed in the delivery room but less desired in a meeting room. No one would want a child crying while they are attempting to persuasively captivate an audience with their message. The cries of a can child distract the minds of an audience, but when you deal with the mother and child the way Mr. Trump did, the distractions are less about the crying child and more centered on the speaker’s character.

Jesus welcomed children when he was speaking, and Mr. Trump is no Jesus. True, we are not electing a pastor-in-chief, as evangelicals have so often reminded audiences of while they explain their support for Mr. Trump. But if we are electing a commander in chief, evangelicals would do well to remember that God did not come to save part of the world, but the whole world. Or as Abraham Kuyper wrote: “There is not a square inch in the whole domain of our human existence over which Christ, who is Sovereign over all, does not cry, Mine!”

If God is Lord over all and desires to redeem all for the glory of his name (Habakkuk 2:14), then there must be more than a few recognized value issues. Yes, God cares about the unborn (Jeremiah 1), but he also cares about the elderly and their health care coverage (James 1:27). Yes, God cares about the selection of jurists who enact justice (Amos 5:24), but he also cares about the stewardship of the Earth (Genesis 1:28). Yes, God cares about individuals’ freedoms (Galatians 5:1), but he also cares about those who are being held captive and trafficked (Isaiah 61:1).

As Christians, certain issues may rise to a higher tier than others, but lower-tier issues cannot be ignored. With the ever-looming atrocities of ISIS, the precarious nature of the Chinese economy, the spreading of the Zika virus, and a cyber war that is becoming more of a reality with each passing day, our president can be a champion for a singular issue but must be ready for an onslaught of issues.

Today, we live and move in a world that is placing an increasing emphasis upon the office of the President. It is a big position, but it is not the ultimate position (see the throne of God, Proverbs 21:1).

Some of you will read this and think I am either voting for Hillary Clinton or writing in Calvin Coolidge. Others of you are already demonizing me for disagreeing with you though I may have never met you. We have placed such a great emphasis on this election that when someone disagrees with our opinion, we immediately demonize them and their candidate.

Hillary Clinton is not the next Hitler, nor is Donald Trump for not wanting a crying baby in the room. Hitler did not just hold the position of Fuhrer, he also started creating the position almost ten years before he took office. He literally burned down buildings and changed the fabric of the German government in order to acquire more power. Hillary Clinton has not done this, nor will Donald Trump. Equating either of them with a murderous tyrant who killed more four million people belittles the Holocaust and reveals your character.

There has never been a perfect candidate, nor will there ever be a perfect candidate. All of us have fallen short. But our votes should be cast with the candidate who understands where he or she has fallen short, and has surrounded himself/herself with individuals who are strong.

Jesus welcomed the children. Mr. Trump did not. That does not disqualify him from President, but it likely does prohibit him from being a member of the babysitters’ club.

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