Donald Trump’s quest to convince America that he has never opened a Bible continues to be a glorious success. Early on in his campaign he assured us that talking about the Bible is “very personal” but he didn’t want to “get into verses.” You see the Bible “means a lot” to him but he doesn’t like to “get into specifics.”
Translation: What is this Bible you speak of?
A couple of weeks later, he finally found his favorite verse. It comes from “Proverbs, the chapter ‘never bend to envy.’ I’ve had that thing all of my life, where people are bending to envy.”
At least he correctly named a book? Because there’s nothing in Proverbs that says to “never bend to envy.” If you wanted to give Trump the benefit of the doubt, you could presume that he was referring to Proverbs 24:1-2: “Be not thou envious against evil men, neither desire to be with them. For their heart studieth destruction, and their lips talk of mischief.” However, that’d be giving Trump way too much credit.
Yesterday, Trump reeled off my favorite Biblical reference to date while speaking to thousands of Christian students at Liberty University.
“Two Corinthians 3:17, that’s the whole ballgame!”
Well thank you, Professor! But anyone who has ever stepped inside a church certainly knows that it’s cited as “Second Corinthians.” I’ve honestly never heard anyone refer to Paul’s letter as “Two Corinthians.” Even if you’ve never been inside a church, you would think this is knowledge one could pick up from movies or TV or attending a wedding or funeral.
I’m aware that no one in their right mind believes that Donald Trump is actually a Christian in any real sense of the word but he’s making it abundantly clear that he’s been so busy slapping his name on every building he owns that he’s never really given Christianity a passing thought. It’s more likely that Trump has actively avoided Christianity than to have ever paid it any attention. Completely ignoring Christianity is an interesting characteristic for a man to possess who aspires to be the conservative presidential nominee. But, of course, evangelicals love this imbecile.
The support for Trump brings another Bible verse to my mind: “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.”