I have posted several times during the past year about my objection to Donald Trump becoming president of the United States of America. At first, the very idea seemed like a joke to me. The only thing I have liked about this most unordinary presidential election campaign in my lifetime has been the many cartoons created about the Trumpster. In my early posts about him, I predicted he would not last. But like many other usually sane minds who have prognosticated about this Republican presidential campaign, The Donald has so far proved us wrong as rain!
Talk about rain or lack thereof, I have lived in the desert–in the metro Phoenix area of Arizona–for the past sixteen years. I often visit the evangelical Phoenix Seminary to use their library in doing research on my books. The staff is very helpful and cordial to me.
Phoenix Seminary’s most published professor is Dr. Wayne Grudem. His book entitled Systematic Theology–1,264 pages and published in 1994 by Zondervan–has been the most bestselling book in that category in the U.S. for something like the past twenty years. I know Professor Grudem partly because we attend the same the church. But I was introduced to him years ago by my close friend Professor Scot McKnight at the Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature.
I am bothered about the many Evangelical leaders who have come forward to publicly endorse Donald Trump’s run for the presidency, some of whom are my friends. If he does beat the Democratic nominee, past First Lady and Secretary of State Hilary Clinton, I think most of these Evangelical leaders will live to regret their Trump endorsement. In my mind, the man absolutely is not presidential material no matter how many golf courses he owns!
[This is an interjected note on 10/12/16: On 10/09/16, Dr. Wayne Grudem publicly withdrew his previous endorsement of Donald Trump for U.S. president, and he got Townhall.com to expunge that endorsement from the Internet. Click here to see my post about this withdrawal.]
Click here to read Scot McKnight’s response (at his Jesus Creed blog here at patheos.com) to Grudem’s endorsement of Trump, in which Scot quotes some of that endorsement. McKnight and Grudem used to be colleagues at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. I think Scot is right on target with this post.