In one of the more refreshing and controversial comments he has made to date, Pope Francis, stepped in to the middle of US Presidential politics, suggesting that Donald Trump is “not a Christian,” for focusing on building walls, rather than bridges between peoples. Check it out here.
While the phrase “not a Christian” may seem harsh to some, as Trump is, in fact, a baptized Christian, the real question is whether one can legitimately maintain one’s authenticity as a Christian when one’s words and deeds seem to conflict in fundamental ways with basic principles of discipleship. For example, touting one’s success at becoming very, very wealthy, while claiming to follow Jesus who clearly proclaimed: “Sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” There are some basic conflicts between the gospel of wealth and success as Trump preaches it, and the gospel of Jesus, whom he claims to be follow.