The Aug. 15 Advocate article “Some conservative Christians making mistake with Trump” offered some negative characteristics of “The Donald” that I certainly wouldn’t argue against. That said, one of Trump’s seemingly oddball ideas about God might deserve a second look: “I think if I do something wrong, I just try and make it right. I don’t bring God into the picture. I don’t.”
But, in fact, Trump squarely brings God into the picture by advocating practical repentance. A large portion of the conservative Christians smitten with Trump probably miss this hugely important part of authentic Christianity. Most of us grew up hearing sermons about “repenting of our sins,” yet very little was ever said about making amends for our transgressions. We’ve been sold a bill of goods that allows us to harm others and then simply dismiss ourselves by using the tired, old line “I’m not perfect, just forgiven.” Perhaps it’s high time we make God proud of us by doing the right thing rather than asking for a cosmic get-out-of-jail-free card.