Honestly, I could not care less who Gary Varvel votes for in the presidential election this fall [Why this evangelical will vote for Trump again, Forefront, April 10]. That’s his business. But his attempt to reconcile his Christian faith with a vote for Trump fails to convince me. It is like claiming that you are a vegetarian, but you eat cheeseburgers every day. The two are not reconcilable.
Christian faith originates in a caring, righteous message of Christ who emphasizes love for one another and the need to value everyone. This message is the opposite of Trump, who condones racism, denigrates women, insults anyone who disagrees with him, lies without remorse, gladly locks up children at our borders and, maybe worst of all for a Christian, idolizes himself. A serious Christian faith must reject these behaviors.
Christians must be led by Christ who said (and Gary should know this), “Blessed are the peacemakers, Blessed are the meek, Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness” (Matthew 5). Trump fits into none of those categories.
So, sure Gary, vote for Trump. I don’t care. But don’t rationalize it with your Christian faith. The two could not be further apart. If you claim to be a vegetarian, you should not eat meat.
Rev. Robert Heimach