Sunday, 27 March 2016

No, Donald Trump - for a Christian, Easter doesn't represent "family and get-together and — and something"!

This from The Daily Caller:
Appearing on ABC’s “This Week,” on Easter Sunday, Trump was asked what Easter means to him and if he had an Easter tradition. The real estate mogul replied, “Well, it really means something very special. I’m going to church in an hour from now and it’s going to be — it’s a beautiful church. I’m in Florida. And it’s just a very special time for me. And it really represents family and get-together and — and something, you know, if you’re a — a Christian, it’s just a very important day.” 
I'm not totally convinced that evangelical Christians' favoured candidate for the Republican presidential nomination has a clue which event Easter Sunday is supposed to commemorate, so here - just for The Donald - are a few hints:

Yes, Donald, it marks the day Jesus Christ rose from the dead. Resurrection or Easter Sunday is the most important day in the Christian calendar, because it celebrates the event which, for believers, signifies that Christ was not just a holy man or great religious teacher, but was actually the Son of God. Today, Christians celebrate what we believe was the single most transformative event in history: I expect there are many non-believers who consider it to be the most transformative myth in history. I think that must be the "something" you were referring to. It has nothing whatsoever to do with a family get-together: perhaps you're mixing it up with Christmas or Thanksgiving or... something.

Despite being a Christian, I wouldn't dream of voting for a politician purely on the basis that we shared the same - or a similar - faith. But I suspect that a candidate's faith matters a lot to America's conservative evangelical Christians - which leaves me puzzled as to why they would support Donald Trump, whose credentials as a Christian and a conservative would both appear to be somewhat questionable, rather than Ted Cruz, who - whatever else he might be - is undoubtedly both a believer and a conservative, and who, besides, would be capable of winning an election against Hillary Clinton, which Trump evidently wouldn't. 

Perhaps, if The Donald finds himself with a few minutes to spare, he might benefit from reading Daniel Hannah's excellent article about Easter - which he calls "the defining event of our civilisation" - here

Happy Easter, everyone - even you, Donald.

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