From A Born Again Donald Trump (At Liberty University)
Liberty students and my fellow Americans,
I love you.
All of you.
And I am done with fear and hate. The old Donald got fired. I am new in Christ.
Yes, I discovered the glory of being forgiven and I have a few things to say.
Last night, Jesus looked at me and loved me. Exactly as he looked and loved the rich young ruler in Mark 10:21.
However, I am choosing to say YES to His invitation, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”
So here are I am. Giving everything away. And following Jesus to the end.
I also want to apologize.
I am sorry for using my platform to speak against the true heart of the Gospel. For pretending to speak for Christians when I was really speaking for myself.
I have encountered the grace of God and I am ready to follow the ways of Jesus, not just use his name to move the masses.
To my Muslim brothers and sisters, I repent. My heart is full of love and hope for you. I’m sorry for judging you from afar. I now see how close Jesus is to you, and although we see Him differently, He loves us all the same.
To all the women I have dishonored in the last few years, I repent. Jesus has made me see your value clearly. I’m sorry for making you feel small. Your voice and influence is indispensable and I will work for equality in the workplace.
To all the hardworking Mexicans (and all other Latinos in this country) I repent. My words against you have been completely contradictory to the message of Jesus to welcome the stranger.
I welcome you. I celebrate the way you do family. And I am grateful for all the work you have done across my different companies.
To everyone who I have ever insulted or called a loser, a cry baby or a liar… I repent. Jesus was clear when he said, “Whoever insults his brother will be liable to the council; and whoever says, ‘You fool!’ will be liable to the hell of fire.”
I’m sorry for using my words to speak death and not life. From now onwards, and with the help of the Holy Spirit, I will use whatever platform I have to honor others, and even in disagreements, I will see all through the eyes of grace.
I have so much more to say, but I know this is journey is just beginning.
My presidency will probably take a break so we can review how to move forward to make America great again.
Oh yeah, it’s not even about making America great again, it’s about loving people from every tribe, nation and tongue, and learning to humble myself, so Jesus can be gloried before all.
I’m still learning. It might take a while. But I am ready for change.
Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound!
Please keep me in your prayers.
So, this happened (at least in my head).
I wrote it.
Not Donald Trump.
I personally disagree with his rhetoric and the direction of his presidency. But when I imagine him having an encounter with Jesus (as I have), I re-align myself with hope for him.
I didn’t vote for him.
And I stand against the racism, the sexism and the nationalism in his administration.
But I pray.
Carlos A. Rodriguez is a pastor at Catch the Fire and the founder of HappySonship. His latest book is “Designed for Inheritance, A Discovery of Sonship”. He travels extensively all around the world and you can find out more at www.HappySonship.com
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