I do not know if Donald Trump is a good Christian – that is not for me, a man of Jewish faith, to decide. However, I feel something wrong with the opinion of Pope Francis that Donald Trump is not a good Christian.
From the news media:
Pope Francis assailed Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s views on U.S. immigration as “not Christian” on Thursday, prompting the billionaire businessman to assail the religious leader as “disgraceful” for questioning his faith.
Trump, the longtime party front-runner in national opinion polls, has been at the center of controversies, including one over his vow as president to build a wall between the United States and Mexico to keep out illegal immigrants.
In a freewheeling conversation on his flight home from a visit to Mexico, Francis told reporters: “A person who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be, and not building bridges, is not Christian.”
This statement does not look spiritually right – it look like a “politically-correct” statement – in addition to the basic Torah/Bible-guided definitions on what is Good and Bad, Judaism and Christianity have “politically-correct” dogmas created to avoid making difficult decisions on defining a real adversary and fighting it.
Let us begin with reminding the obvious:
The people are creating a country to preserve and advance their way of life. That means that a country consists of people with common understanding what is Good and has to be defended, and what is Bad and has to be challenged and diminished. A country with no common understanding of what is Good and Bad is spiritually ill and doomed to disintegrate. The recent history presents numerous examples of such disintegration: former Yugoslavia, former Soviet Union, former Cyprus, the entire Middle East, many countries of Africa … The multiculturalism when all cultures and traditions are considered “Good” with no “Bad” is a symptom of such illness, and some Western Judeo-Christian countries are suffering from this illness.
What is morally Good and what is morally Bad in Western Judeo-Christian countries are defined by the Torah/Bible-based set of moral rules which had been created in synagogues and churches and tested and corrected in countless spiritual and military confrontations.
Inside the Judeo-Christian world, every country finds its own unique Judeo-Christian path.
About two and a half centuries ago, forty great leaders of the USA – reflecting the feelings of the great majority of new inhabitants of this land – approved the Constitution where the scope of work for the government was defined in Section 8. In accordance with the 18 items of the scope of work, the government duties are to provide military and economic security for the people of this country to enable them realize their individual freedoms to do whatever their Judeo-Christian morality moves them to do.
The Constitution does not give the power to the government to interfere into the life of individual families concerning the family’s choices of education, jobs, charity, wellbeing and many other things the government involved itself in the last century to get more power and to play a sort of god in peoples life.
This anti-Constitution government involvement in the life of individual families is at the core of the moral decline of our country.
That is why I am trying to figure out who among those who are trying to become our president understand better what is at the core of our decline and how to fix it. I am looking for somebody who is willing and able to sharply reduce the size of the government and return it to the Constitution-guided scope of work.
Among the actions I am looking for are the following.
In the Foreign Policy
Restore the fighting power of our military and NATO to make all our adversaries understand the futility of their efforts to work against our interests, and include Israel in all NATO-related efforts. Stop the attempts to democratize American-style our adversaries – let them fear us and let them change themselves to become our friends.
In the Domestic Policy
Restore the individual freedoms of our citizens by sharply reducing the size and power of the government – eliminate many existing Departments such as of Education, of Housing, of Agriculture, of Energy, and make the remaining Departments less bureaucratic and smaller. Make the Government competing with the Private sector – not ruling over it.
I see Donald Trump as a sort of symbol of such restoration – not because he convinced me, he is willing and able to do all that – rather, because I know all other contenders would not do all that.