Donald Trump is Not Your Protector: A Warning to Conservative Christians

Presidential Candidate Donald Trump, Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie attend NBC's 'Today' Trump Town Hall at Rockefeller Plaza on April 21, 2016 in New York City.

By Michael Brown Published on April 22, 2016

Donald Trump has presented himself as a protector of conservative Christians and as the best friend Christians will ever have. He has held up his mother’s Bible and pledged to bring Christ back into Christmas. But when the rubber meets the road, he is anything but the defender of conservative Christians and their values.

This became crystal clear yesterday morning (April 21), when Trump, appearing on the Today show, answered questions on abortion, North Carolina’s Bathroom Privacy Act, and transgender rights. When he was asked if he would like to change the Republican Party Platform on abortion, which allows no exceptions for rape, incest, or the life of the mother, Trump replied without hesitation, “Yes, I would, absolutely, for the three exceptions. I would.”

In response, conservative leader Richard Viguerie told LifeSiteNews, “He has zero chance of accomplishing that. The Republican Party is not going to change. We are a pro-life party, and the Republican Party is not going to change that.”

Certainly, the questions of rape, incest, or the life of the mother are terribly painful questions that deserve thoughtful and compassionate answers, especially from other women. But if you’re pro-life, you’re pro-life. As Kristan Hawkins of Students for Life for America asked, “Does he want to put an exception into the platform saying it’s OK to murder a two-year-old child whose father is a rapist, too? Or is he only OK with it as long as the child hasn’t been born yet?”

In the words of Rebecca Kiessling, herself conceived by a rape, “Donald Trump has the audacity to suggest that the Republican grassroots has been wrong to believe in protecting innocent children like me who were conceived in rape. My message to Donald Trump, and others like him is this: Punish rapists, not babies!” So much for Donald Trump being a pro-life champion and defender of conservative Christian values.

But it gets worse.

He actually criticized North Carolina’s HB2, designed to protect the safety of women and children, stating, “North Carolina did something that was very strong, and they’re paying a big price. There’s a lot of problems.” He indicated it was best to let people use the bathroom they felt comfortable with, showing no concern for all the people affected by that decision. Yet across America, it is conservative Christians who have raised their voices the loudest in support of bills like HB2, standing up for the safety and privacy of women and children and not wanting heterosexual predators to use the loophole of “transgender rights” to prey on our wives, children, or grandchildren.

Senator Cruz had no trouble voicing his support for HB2, stating last week that these laws made perfect sense because “men should not be going to the bathroom with little girls.” He said, “That is a perfectly reasonable determination for the people to make.”

But of course.

In stark contrast, Trump said that Bruce (Caitlyn) Jenner would be welcome to use the ladies’ room in one of his buildings. I wonder how his wife and daughters would feel if they were in a bathroom and a burly, transgender “woman” came walking in? Or what if they were coming out of the shower stalls at a gym, with their towels wrapped around them, only to find a biological male sitting there in his underwear? Would he have no problem with this? Perhaps Donald Trump is not only failing to protect the rights and liberties of babies in the womb and conservative Christians but also of women in general?

In response to Trump’s remarks, Ted Cruz issued this statement:

Donald Trump is no different from politically correct leftist elites. Today, he joined them in calling for grown men to be allowed to use little girls’ public restrooms. As the dad of young daughters, I dread what this will mean for our daughters — and for our sisters and our wives. It is a reckless policy that will endanger our loved ones. Yet Donald stands up for this irresponsible policy while at the same time caving in on defending individual freedoms and religious liberty. He has succumbed to the Left’s agenda, which is to force Americans to leave God out of public life while paying lip service to false tolerance.

Whether you like Cruz or not (I have endorsed him, but we each have to make our own choices), if you’re a conservative Christian, you have to be more comfortable with his position on these issues than with the positions of Donald Trump. And in light of the growing tide of an increasingly irrational transactivism, Cruz was right to ask, “Have we gone stark raving nuts?”

If you’re a Trump supporter, you might say, “I know he’s not a Christian and I don’t even think he’s a real conservative, but I’m voting for him because I believe he’s the best man to fix our economy and protect our borders.” I beg to differ, but I can respect that position. But please don’t look to him to be a defender of conservative Christian values or a protector of religious freedoms. Barring dramatic divine intervention in his life, you will be sadly disappointed.

Be forewarned.

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  • Blacksheep 52

    So here is the big question. What if it comes down to Hillary or Trump what then? Do we not vote at all allow Hillary to win or vote the lesser of the evils. We must pray for guidance from God and cast our ballots. You seem to just want to stir the pot and cause dissection as what the enemy wants. No matter who gets in God is still in control. Help people to pray about it to seek God in these troubled times.

  • Mat Helm

    All the normal issues are paint peeling while the house is on fire. There is only one issue, the on going invasion. And while I’m not sure that Trump will even follow through with the promised wall and deportations (was around for the contract with America), it has to be shown that, that message wins elections….

  • Rebecca McGinley

    We know Hillary is no Christian. Ted Cruz is pretty sketchy. I know I won’t agree with everything any candidate does, but he seems like someone who can get us out of this deep rut we are in, politically.

    • Time4truth

      Ted Cruz is sketchy? If, as you say, you won’t agree 100% with any ONE candidate, why are you willing to ignore all the questionable and un-conservative things Trump has done and said, but you call Cruz sketchy?

  • HarleyBobb

    If Trump screws We The People, my opinion, he won’t be in office very long!

  • Rita Bryant Massey

    Once I read you have endorsed Cruz, you lost all credibility with me. If you can’t see the act he puts own, I have no faith in your opinion. This is just a hit piece against Trump. First of all, I don’t think any of them are Perfect as far as the Bible goes. I have a Pastor, not looking for one to be my President. In my opinion, Cruz is not a Natural Born Citizen. I have heard him quote verses, next thing I hear him lieing about things that are on video, not hearsay.

  • Roger Whitley

    For those that claim to be Christian and believe the Holy Word of God, I challenge anyone, how one can support trump and know that you will one day stand before a Holy God to give an account.
    I have challenged the Facebook pages ” Christians for trump, and they cannot even answer a simple question, “What is a Christian?”.
    Supporting trump?
    “Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away. Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous. For the Lord knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.” Psalms 1:1-6 KJB

    “But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man. For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies:”. Matthew 15:18-19 KJB

    Why I support Ted Cruz

    When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.
    Proverbs 29:2

    Christian. Mthink about this for a while.

  • Carter_Burger67

    I’m voting for a president, not a spiritual leader. Think about this for a moment….the way he answered those two issues has totally taken them off the table for the left to attack him on once he’s the nominee.

  • Jim Cain

    My question is this:
    How do any of us REALLY know where Cruz, or Khasic (sp) stand on these issues? We have been through so many lying candidates both Republican and Democrat. They all seem to spout what ever they think the majority want to hear.
    The solution:
    Don’t let what anyone says or puts in print be your guideline for how you vote.
    As a REAL CHRISTIAN ( and sadly there are many out there who think they are Christians just because they go to church or believe in God);Your responsibility is to make this election a serious matter of prayer.
    REALLY LISTEN to what is being said,and then weigh that against what the man has done with his Spiritual life .PRAYERFULLY vote for the man you think God would have you vote for and then leave it in His hands.
    Nothing takes place on this planet unless God in His wisdom allows it to.
    America has forgotten how to pray and TRUST GOD.
    We have become a “self sufficient species who thinks it can get along just fine without God. This started in 1963 when we took God out of our schools and we as a nation have been on a downward spiral ever since.
    In reading the comments; I see where many think we can have a president who has no spiritual values and still be just fine!
    We must have a leader who honors and respects the Creator of this universe and all that is in it. Without Biblical values to lead this nation we are tragically doomed.

    • brothergc

      well said

  • bfast

    Thanks for the article. I fear Trump because of my Christianity. He owns gambling casinos for cryin’ out loud!

    That said, I am surprised that the Republican position on abortion does not consider an exception for the life of the mother. The only two justifications for one person taking the life of another is to protect their own life, or to protect someone else’s. When a woman’s life is at serious threat, I would not oppose abortion — though I would seek all medical means to respond with an early live birth.

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