A confession: What I think of pastors for Trump

I have no trouble taking supporters of Donald Trump seriously as a group of people who are worried about the direction of this country and want to make it great again.

I have serious trouble taking preachers seriously who are actively supporting Donald Trump and, frankly, put me on the side of the Donatists in not wanting to take communion from any pastor who stands in the pulpit in support of Donald Trump. Pastors, of all people, should know they cannot bifurcate their faith and their country. They must be Christians first and let that influence their application of citizenship. “For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice. But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere. And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.”

I understand Donald Trump supporters. That a pastor so connects to the anger Trump has tapped into, however, is deeply troublesome to me. Pastors should not want to make America great again. They should want to build up their flock, not lead the sheep toward paths of anger and an American Jesus.