"Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful."
- Colossians 3:12-15
Christians, hear this: Donald Trump, who had a "65-percentage-point margin of victory among voters in [your] group" is not a Christian – at least not if you measure him by the basic standards of Christianity and the Ten Commandments.
I'm sorry, this is a shocking and unfortunate truth – one you might be unlikely to believe. But the fact remains, whether or not you want to believe it.
Firstly, he has a history of racism.
That goes for anyone who's brown, or in his not-so-very-Christlike words anyone who's from a "shithole country". He generalized that all Mexicans, like my parents – who are hard-working and law-abiding people – are "rapists" and "drug traffickers".
His racism and his discriminatory behaviors aren't a thing of recent years, either. As a matter-of-fact, it dates back to decades ago. In the 1973, Donald and Fred Trump were accused of violating the Fair Housing Act by discriminating against potential minority renters, namely African Americans. In 1978, the Department of Justice again accuses the Trumps of continuing these discriminatory practices. In 1993, he accused Native Americans running casinos of working with organized crime, and said during a Congressional hearing that they didn't look "Indian to [him]" claiming that Native American status as of then was being given to people "who don't look like Indians." In 2000, he secretly funded anti-Native American ads for which he later agreed to apologize and pay fines. The ads portrayed Native Americans as cocaine addicts. In 2013, in the wake of Trayvon Martin's controversial, landmark murder Trump claimed that "the overwhelming amount of violent crime in our cities is committed by blacks and Hispanics." The claim has since been debunked. That same year, Trump claimed on Fox News that there is a double standard for the use of the word "cracker" for white people versus white people calling blacks the n-word.
As a matter-of-fact, his discriminatory behaviors don't solely revolve around racism. In late 2015, he publicly mocked a reporter's disability at a rally in South Carolina. In 1991, he said in an interview with Esquire in regards to the media that "it doesn't really matter what [they] write as long as you've got a young and beautiful piece of ass." The following year, his sexist remarks returned, as he told New York Magazine that 'You have to treat 'em like s----," (referring to women). The list is never-ending. He's done everything from calling 12-year-old Paris Hilton "attractive" to rating contestants on the Apprentice based on their looks.
To put it frankly and concisely, President Trump, who's been married three times, has been an infamous cheater, sexist, and has almost 20 counts of sexual assault against him – is no man of God.
He will never come even close and it's time for Christians to see this, and stop voting for him. He condones locking immigrant children in cages, separating them from their parents, and he somehow manages to sleep well at night while these children sleep in over-crowded shelters often being abused sexually and physically. He cherishes white lives over brown lives, with his "zero tolerance policy".
To every Christian reading this, know that God loves all His children.
The color of their skin doesn't matter to Him. Their religion, their ethnicity, or the country they come from doesn't matter to Him. God doesn't stop loving someone because they cross a border, and no human being is illegal in His eyes. Remember these things next time you see the atrocities and the degradation of our democracy at the hands of Trump and his administration, but most importantly – remember that this November and vote.