If you’re supporting Donald Trump, then you’re obviously going to Heaven. An infamous televangelist essentially made that claim this week.
If you want to know whether you’re truly saved, ask yourself this: Are you supporting Donald Trump?
Remember Jim Bakker? He’s back. And he ignited a firestorm on Twitter this week. How? He suggested people’s support of Trump can serve as a test of whether they have Christ’s salvation.
I am not making this up.
In the past, I’ve written about the fact that I don’t think pastors should jump into politics. I don’t like some pastor telling me who I should vote for:
Too often, it seems, they embrace a party and assume everyone who’s part of that particular party must be nothing short of a saint.
I’d prefer to hear pastors tell me what Jesus Christ taught. From there, I’m fairly confident I can find a candidate whose views match Christ’s teachings well enough.
I also suggested, however, that it’s different when pastors point to candidates you happen to already agree with. I suppose that’s human nature; we want to be right…whether we’re “right” or “left.”
I do believe that if your faith is about politics rather than God, there’s a problem.
And contrary to what Bakker or pastors like him might say, I think there’s a much better test.
You can find it in John 3:16.