Report: Meeting with Donald Trump

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Here is a short video report on Tuesday, June 21st’s meeting in Times Square between evangelical Christian leaders and Donald Trump: www.watchman.org/TrumpMtg.htm.

I want to thank those of you who prayed for me and suggested great questions to ask Donald Trump. I know you are interested in what happened because my email box “blew up” with advice, encouragement, and questions. I read every email and answered scores of them but there was no way I could answer them all. Instead, I taped this report to give you some sense of what happened — the good and bad.

As I explain on the video, I was glad I went but somewhat disappointed by aspects of the event. Ben Carson helped organize the meeting and Gov. Mike Huckabee moderated the Q&A. Christian leaders in attendance included James Dobson, Jerry Falwell Jr., Jim Garlow, Franklin Graham, David Jeremiah, James Robinson, and Ronnie Floyd. The meeting was described as a conversation between evangelical Christian leaders and Donald Trump. The “conversation,” however, appeared to be very scripted. Perhaps this was unavoidable but I do wish that questions about Trump’s personal beliefs would have been allowed. They were not.

My invitation to attend this meeting was unexpected; I was, however, willing to hear what he had to say. Our next President, whoever that will be, will have some crucial decisions to make concerning Supreme Court nominees, counter terrorism, religious freedom issues, and much more. These decisions will affect us all regardless of our political affiliations. Trump was asked and answered several of these important questions.

Seasoned with Grace

Wow! I found out June 20th that this is a very volatile topic. I have never received this much response to any email. Most of the feedback I received was very positive and encouraging. I want to thank each of you who prayed for me and suggested great questions. Quite a bit of the email I received, however, was somewhat confrontational. It seems that Christians either love Donald Trump or they hate him. Apparently there is little middle ground. Some of my email suggested that I had compromised Christianity because I was willing to listen to Trump. Others seemed equally upset that I would not do “my Christian duty” and endorse Trump.

It is our Christian duty in a representative Republic to be involved in the political process. In a government “of the people,” it is one way we “render unto Caesar” what belongs to Caesar (Matt. 22:21). That said, I would suggest that we allow a place for Christian conscience and season our discussions with grace. Whatever side you may be on, I promise you that there are good Christians on the opposite side who can make passionate, articulate, and reasoned defenses for their position. Wherever we stand, we must commit ourselves to be gracious towards our Christian brothers and sisters who disagree with us. Jesus said that all will know we are His disciples because of the love that we have for each other (John 13:34-35).

At the end of the video, I will tell you which team I am on 😉 Thank you again for your prayer support! I know you will have more questions. Be sure to watch until the very end of the video to get the link to download the entire transcript of Tuesday’s meeting with Donald Trump.

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